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Looks Like Up

by John Train

Folky 'No-Depression' style Americana with Alt-Country influences featuring the great songs of Jon Houlon.
Genre: Country: Country Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lonely Next Door
2:30 $0.99
2. If I'm Gonna Get Blamed
3:11 $0.99
3. Misery Loves Company
4:04 $0.99
4. I Wish It Was The Time
2:40 $0.99
5. Nobody's Seen The Wind
2:31 $0.99
6. Cracked And Crumbled
2:56 $0.99
7. 500 Miles
3:34 $0.99
8. Did You Come By Your Bitterness Honestly?
2:34 $0.99
9. Playground Attraction
2:59 $0.99
10. You Won't Say My Name
2:47 $0.99
11. Nova Scotia
3:47 $0.99
12. Savannah
3:55 $0.99
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Album Notes

Jon Houlon -Guitar,Vocals
Mike Brenner-Dobro
Steve Demarest-Bass
Mark Tucker-Steel Guitar
Bill Fergusson-Mandolin

'Looks Like Up' is John Train's second album.It was released in 2001 and produced by Mike Brenner.This critically acclaimed five piece Philadelphia-area band plays a unique blend of country,folk,and bluegrass.

"On the sophomore album by this Philadelphia folksy-country fivesome,singer-songwriter Jon Houlon steps confidently into his own...The growth spurt is most evident,though,in Houlon's songs and the easygoing,conversational way he sings them.Dissapointment and despair are elucidated with mordant wit and telling detail."
Dan DeLuca
Philadelphia Inquirer

"The magic of those Wednesday nights has been beautifully documented on 'Looks Like Up',John Train's second release on local indie label Record Cellar.Houlon's bittersweet musings about past love and ruminations on the examined life are punctuated by top-notch playing and Brenner's flourishes."
Phil Sheridan
No Depression

"And such songs!Houlon is a smart lyricist wielding words like weapons and weaving words like fine tapestry."
Shaun Dale

"...the songs of John Train swell like an accidental fat-lip-sorta painful,sorta funny and a metaphor,really,for everything to do with love.The group's second record,Looks Like Up(Record Cellar) ...both ups the ante of Houlon's songwriting and expands the group's sonic palate...It's a little bit Tom T. Hall and a whole lotta John Prine."
Joey Sweeney
Philadelphia Weekly

Jon Houlon lyrically inflicts up his razor sharp wit through and through with the balance of the CD being held together by the tight unit of Brenner,Demarest,Tucker,and Fergusson sculpting for the listener a virtual twang-grass soundscape."

"John Train will stand out,even in days like these when everybody wants to be in a country rock band."
Maurice Dielsmans

"Oddly enough,there's even more major and minor arcana that crop up throughout 'Looks Like Up',and
although it seems slightly schitzophrenic,John Train manages to blend all of these crosscurrents into a cohesive sonic presentation."
Brian Baker
Amplifier Magazine



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pino italy

Delicious CD of folk-rock elettroacoustic this of John Train(the name of the band).The delicate melody is all composed from Jon Houlon guitarist and singer of the group,that il joins to the sound present electrical worker in the CD you play of mandolin,steel guitar and dobro,until listen of Misery Loves Company and 500 Miles where section of wind joins one,moving.Riassuming,good test of this group to follow in the future.