The great George Edward 'Rube' Waddell (1876-1914) was a fire engine chasing, hard drinking, alligator wrestling,baton twirling (to name a few) eccentric pitcher who played his most prolific seasons for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1901 to 1910. His true legacy, however, cannot be contained, grasped, or truly understood by his time on the diamond alone. RUBE WADDELL the band is a quartet from the Mission District of San Francisco, CA that has taken him as their patron saint. Performing and recording their own breed of modern Americana music, they mix Blues, Gospel, American and Irish Folk, Country, Rock, Punk, comic Vaudeville, German theater, Mexican Banda, Mid-Eastern and Asian ditties into a raw junkyard stew stirred by their varied array of traditional and homemade instruments. Whether in their street performances, club appearances, or puppet shows. The sound of this quirky phenom is no better represented than in the group's very first recording, 'HOBO TRAIN', originally issued on vinyl in 1997 and which until recently has been out of print since 2003 and available only in dark and hard to find corners of the globe. This remastered edition, released along with two other of the groups long out print recordings celebrating the group's 'lucky 13th' year of existence, features the original 9 songs on the EP as well as 4 live tracks from the group's tour of Germany all with 'extra audio sauce.' ORIGINAL REVIEWS OF 'HOBO TRAIN' 'Rube Waddell's Hobo Train is an all-out blend of garage rock, gritty blues, and swamp-pop. A hard-knocking album with equal amounts haunting instrumentation and devilishly enjoyable, rough-edged party rhythms, Rube Waddell's genuine love and passion for playing the swampy, garage blues that they're so good at comes alive - live - and makes you fully understand. I'll give this an A-.15' -Alex Steininger, In Music We Trust 'When a group combines the junkyard circus instrumentation (and sometimes vocals reminiscent) of Tom Waits and the slop blues-rock of, say, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion or some Fat Possum artists, the overall impression can't help but be: 'Demented.' Disturbed and proud, this haphazard percussion-vocals-harmonica (and miscellaneous instruments) gang throw down in a manically happy way. Some might mistake that grin for a leer, but don't be so paranoid, the boys are just having fun. Did I mention they often stage street performancesNULL Rube Waddell is very much a Vaccination Records band and now their LP Hobo Train is available on CD, supplemented with five live tunes. ' ~ Joslyn Layne, All Music Guide.