The Coal Porters claim to be the world’s first alt-bluegrass act, demonstrating the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with four-part harmonies and memorable melodies.
They have taken this sound around the world being featured on NPR’s Morning Edition in the USA and having recorded a live session for Bob Harris on BBC Radio 2.
The Coal Porters have five albums available. Their most recent, Find The One, was produced by folk-rock legend John Wood, producer of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Squeeze and Beth Orton.
Formed in Los Angeles during the last century, The Coal Porters were originally an electric act centred around ex-Long Ryder Sid Griffin, composer of the Long Ryders’ 1985 hit single Looking For Lewis And Clark.
After the band relocated from Los Angeles to London, Griffin sallied forth renewed in spirit. The Coal Porters enjoyed indie chart success in the UK and Europe and toured frequently.
Their albums Land Of Hope And Crosby and Los London received great reviews in Mojo, Q, UnCut, LA Weekly, the Village Voice (NYC) and their last electric album The Gram Parsons Tribute Concert got a fine profile in Rolling Stone in the States.
September 2004 saw the release of the first Coal Porters acoustic studio album, entitled How Dark This Earth Will Shine, and March 2008 saw the release of their second acoustic studio effort, Turn The Water On, Boy!
In March 2010 the world rocked out to Durango, the first Coal Porters album to crack the USA’s Americana Top Forty.
The Coal Porters are performing at Alexander’s in Chester on Friday, January 23. Tickets £10. Visit www.alexanderslive.com or call 01244 340005.