Rain Trains & the Lord Almighty
Landing somewhere between honky-tonk and The Jayhawks, 'Rain, Trains and The Lord Almighty' draws inspiration from dozens of sources which makes it that much more fun. Lucas Hendrickson-The Rage This rollicking twang is a soundtrack for a dang good time. 'Rain, Trains and The Lord Almighty' is an excellent new record from the Ned Van Go guys. Peter Cooper-The Tennessean Plaintive effective vocals of Ned Hill are backed in part by the dandy piano work of Ashley Mimbela and slide guitar courtesy of Eliot Houser. A winner. Robert Oermann's single song review of 'Lonely Town'-Music Row Magazine Rain, Trains and the Lord Almighty, is alternative pop that's like a musical tag team match between Crowded House and R.E.M. If your smile has been in a secure undisclosed location, the winning 'Sweet Rebecca' and 'Back Home' will slap it back in your face. And 'Love Her Anyway' is choogling Southern rock that's like a track from a lost Allman Brothers album. Tony Peyser-Santa Monica Mirror Press Release: Ned Van Go-'Rain, Trains and The Lord Almighty' was entered into the 2004 Independent Music World Series held all over the country and was selected as one of the top 16 bands in the southeast region (over a 1000 entered in the southeast alone). This will put NVG (trk 'Back Home') on the 'Heavy Hitters' compilation disc to be sent out to radio, record execs, etc. All over this here USA. From the New Orleans piano of 'Back Home' to the talking-blues of 'Hold Down Mary,' this Nashville quintet employ clever twists of Americana to juice up their otherwise four-square pub-rock arrangements. Leader Ned Hill has a robust voice that brings to mind a good friend who with a wink tells you a revealing story about his ex-girlfriend, then turns around and grabs you with a song that identifies with the lonely and lost. He has a crack band anchored by veteran guitarist Eliot Houser and ace keyboardist Ashley Mimbela, too. And you have to like a guy with the sense of humor enough to save his most ferocious rocker for a tongue-in-cheek lyric about life at the local Wal-Mart. Michael McCall -Nashville Scene.