Devil Train is a group that flirts with being a tradition as much as being a band. For ten years, they held down a weekly Monday night show at the legendary Buccaneer Lounge in Memphis, Tennessee. Monday night shows were where Devil Train cut their teeth, woodshedded hundreds of tunes, and became one of the tightest bands around.
Devil Train plays about everywhere else in Memphis. The band has also performed out of town on several occasions, some highlights being Summer Camp Music Festival, Wakarusa Music Festival, and the John Hartford Memorial Festival. The band delves into bluegrass, country, blues, folk, gypsy jazz, and even celtic sounds as the instrumentation of the band creates a lot of freedom of expression. Randal Morton (world banjo champion of 1975) creates a great blend with Clint Wagner’s fiddle and guitar playing. Jonathan Ciaramitaro and James Ray fill in with mandolin and guitar as JD Westmoreland and Graham Winchester provide a soulful bass/drum grounding. Devil Train’s live show adds an extra element of entertainment with Wagner, Ciaramitaro, Westmoreland, and Winchester all singing lead and in harmony with one another.
JD Westmoreland also tours heavily with prominent Cincinnati group the Rumpke Mountain Boys, so when he is on tour, original bass player Davey Coleman plays bass and sings. Other well known Memphis bassists such as Daniel Mckee and Frank McLallen also take the stage from time to time. Just as it sounds, Devil Train is a big musical family. With that tight-knit bond comes a huge sound and a free spirited feeling that will automatically make the listener dance and stomp their foot from the opener to the encore.