Real Good for Free: The Lost Radio Rounders @ The Linda, 8/27/09

Acoustic duo the Gospel Train are changing their name to the Lost Radio Rounders.

Sort of.

The duo – featuring longtime Nippertown music scenemakers Michael Eck and Tom Lindsay – used to play together way back when in a cool band with the cool name Chefs of the Future (with a tip of the hat to Jackie Gleason and “The Honeymooners”). They also released a cassette-only album under the not-quite-as-clever name of Mike & Tom. Or was it Tom & Mike?

Anyway, after a long hiatus, Lindsay emerged from his musical retirement a few years ago, once again teaming up with Eck, whose ongoing musical career also currently encompasses solo gigs and the jug-dobro-mandolin chair in Ramblin Jug Stompers.

As the Gospel Train, they focused their repertoire on a century’s worth of American spiritual and religious songs that spanned the Civil War to the Civil Rights era.

But then they started branching out. They put together a program of Civil War-era songs that they titled “Lincoln and Liberty.” Then they assembled an evening of classic Carter Family songs, “Wildwood Flower: Songs of the Original Carter Family.”

And now they’ve developed another theme program: “American Favorite Ballads: The Songs of Pete Seeger,” which they’ll be launching with a free CRUMBS Nite Out performance at The Linda in Albany on Thursday (August 27).

So the duo of Lindsay and Eck decided to change the name of the duo to the Lost Radio Rounders in order to envelope all of the various programs that they offer. They will, however, retain “The Gospel Train” as one of the programs, rather than the name of the twosome.

Got it?

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  1. Michael Eck says

    Well, hey, hey, Nippertown, thanks for letting the good folks know about our newfangled name.

    We’ll also be on the radio — right where we belong — a few times over the next few days.

    Our favorite radio station, WEXT, will be broadcasting a segment about our upcoming show at The Linda on Monday, Aug. 24 at 12:20 p.m. and again on Thursday, Aug. 27 (the day of the show) at 5:25 p.m.

    In addition, WEXT will be broadcasting a longer segment, including a live performance and interview on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 9 p.m. and on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m., as part of The Local 518.

    Tune in WEXT at 97.7 FM or listen online at

    For more information on our performance at The Linda, click on the calendar page at or visit or

    Ramblin Jug Stompers fans take note, banjo man Bowtie will be our special guest as we sing songs from “American Favorite Ballads: Songs From Pete Seeger.”

    And for you local music trivia fans, it was “Tom & Mike.” For reasons I can’t fathom, his name always comes first. Y’gotta respect yr elders, y’know.


  2. Greg says

    Turn yer radio on! (And thanks for clearing up that Mike&Tom/Tom&Mike confusion. Now if only I could remember where I stashed that cassette, suddenly, I’m hanking to hear it).

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