The Coal Porters : Durango

– – – NEWS FLASH – – – Find The One is the NEW Coal Porters album and it is out September 18th, Sid’s 25th birthday! Produced by the legendary John Wood (Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Beth Orton) it features a ten new Coal Porters originals and two surprising cover versions. Also two pretty dang hip UK personalities contribute to the album but you will have to stay tuned to find out who they are! – – –

The Coal Porters - DurangoDurango has been such a success that after knockin’ ’em dead at SxSW, Americana & the Folk Alliance festivals in the USA the Coal Porters are in the best shape of their career(s). Durango  is the fourth and best “alt-bluegrass” album by ex-Long Ryder Sid Griffin’s outfit, The Coal Porters, an album Mojo, Uncut, Q, The Daily Mail and others have given four star reviews! Featuring the amazing fiddle of Carly Frey, the songs and mandolin of author/broadcaster Sid Griffin as well as the witty songs of Scotland’s fine guitarist Neil Robert Herd ’tis no wonder Durango is one of the choice musical highlights of the year.

Produced by the amazing Ed Stasium (Ramones, Smithereens, Jeff Healey Band, Belinda Carlisle, etc., etc.) the album features two key guest appearances: the first being Tim O’Brien who plays a wild mandolin solo on Roadkill Breakdown and the second being Peter Rowan who duets with Miss Frey on his own song Moonlight Midnight. This is the sound of a bluegrass Clash, of a Bill Monroe for the 21st century, of a folk Goddess, two ex-punks, an Americana founder and …errr…a London lawyer making the best music of not just their careers but their lives. Read what the critics have already said about Durango:

“Griffin’s breakneck bluegrass band has made the album of their career”
**** (four stars) Q magazine

“a feast of highly crafted ensemble playing with the odd virtuoso turn”
**** (four stars)Uncut

“the audio equivalent of a feel-good movie”
****  (four stars) Mojo

“a wonderful achievement by a band that is going from strength to strength”
**** (four stars) Country Music People

You can buy Durango now at the Sid Griffin Store or via or you can also now download all Coal Porters releases on iTunes

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