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The Last Train

by Gordon Titcomb

A "must have" Bluegrass CD. Great new songs and inspired perfomances by Gordon Titcomb, Mike Auldridge, Mark Schatz, Bill Keith and special guest Arlo Guthrie. This CD is truly a gem.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. If It Were Up to Me
3:26 $0.99
2. Gold Plated Love
2:50 $0.99
3. The Last Train
2:57 $0.99
4. I Had a Dream
3:27 $0.99
5. Take Me Back
2:59 $0.99
6. The River
2:31 $0.99
7. Snicker Doodle
2:42 $0.99
8. Pennies a Day
3:52 $0.99
9. Snake River Hoedown
2:26 $0.99
10. The Road That Never Ends
2:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
Gordon's first solo album: THE LAST TRAIN earned him recognition on the 2005 GRAMMY nominee entry list in the category of "Contemporary Folk". Gordon joins such other icons as: Nickel Creek, John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Leonard Cohen, John Hiatt, Judy Collins, Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie on that list... a pretty lofty endorsement!

BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED Review: " Gordon Titcomb is a very talented multiinstrumentalist...Overall, there's much to enjoy on this album..."

SINGOUT Magazine Review: "... well crafted songs...the album is over way too fast."

ALL MUSIC GUIDE ( AMG.com): "...Titcomb can go from a mature divorce song like "If It Were Up to Me" to an up-tempo bluegrass workout like "Gold Plated Love" with ease."

AMAZON.COM - Joe Ross ( Bluegrass Now Reviewer): "...Best known for his work on mandolin and pedal steel, Titcomb is also a solid guitar, dobro and banjo player. Fine examples of his picking pyrotechnics are found in the banjo breaks on "Gold Plated Love" and "Snake River." Gordon's high-octane mandolin break on "Snicker Doodle" would easily bring up prices at the pump."

FOLKWAX MAGAZINE Review:. "Top Pick".. solid Folk/Country material well crafted and well sung.."

Other recent press quotes about Gordon:

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL : "...pipping hot"
THE BOSTON GLOBE: "...Luminous"
THE ALBANY TIMES UNION: "...sparkling, faultless solos"
ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS: "... mandolin wiz"

This CD will take you on a journey that is filled with wonderous views of life, love and laughter. You will listen to this CD over and over again!

The Last Train is a musical treasure chest featuring 10 original new songs by Gordon and superb supporting performances by: MIKE AULDRIDGE, BILL KEITH, ARLO GUTHRIE, MIKE MUNFORD, FRANK SOLIVAN II.

Also contributing their talents on this recording are NY studio Aces: JOHN MILLER and ANTOINNE SILVERMAN. as well as many of Washington D.C's finest musicians: JON CAROLL, STEFAN CUSTODI, DEDE WYLAND, KIP MARTIN & JOHN PREVITI.
This CD shows Gordon to be a truly masterful songwriter.From GOLD PLATED LOVE, a classic bluegrass powerhouse song, to IF IT WERE UP TO ME a ballad encompassing such truth and depth that any listener will feel as if Gordon had penned the song for them alone.

Gordon has been touring with Arlo Guthrie's Band for the last few years. Although best known for his work on the pedal steel and mandolin, Gordon is also a formidable guitar, dobro and 5 string banjo player. On this recording Gordon leaves the pedal steel at home and goes back to his early acoustic bluegrass roots.

Over the course of his long and varied career, Gordon has recorded and or performed with such artists as Paul Simon, Arlo Guthrie, Shawn Colvin, Travis Tritt, Jim Lauderdale, John Herald, Peter Rowan, Bill Keith, Rory Block and many, many other icons of the music world. The fact is: you've probably heard and seen Gordon's playing many times as an "Artist behind the Artist" See for yourself why Gordon has been a periennial favorite studio player for so many other artists.

Visit Gordon at; http://www.gordontitcomb.com



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My new favorite album.
I love each and every song on this album. My husband just commented that he likes it more every time I play it. The playing is perfect and Gordon's voice is full of emotion and depth.

Joe Ross

Gordon sings and picks them with sincerity and subtlety so his tuneful stories a
Playing Time – 29:58 -- A member of Arlo Guthrie’s group for over three years, multi-instrumentalist Gordon Titcomb starts his debut solo project with a leisurely ballad, “If It Were Up to Me,” but by the second track, “Gold Plated Love,” Titcomb and Co. are into high-octane bluegrass. That song is catchy with the hook “your gold plated love turned my ring finger green.” The title cut is a train song that mentions the City of New Orleans, Wabash Cannonball, Midnight Flyer, and Lonesome Freight Train. It sadly was arranged without any mournful harmonies on the chorus, but the strength of this project is Titcomb’s emphasis on originals that cover many musical moods from folk, bluegrass and country inspiration. Besides his own lyrical twists, he does this by incorporating a little piano and viola (“I Had a Dream”), some accordion (“The River”) and his musical consciousness takes him more into folkgrass territory. Gordon also has a witty side that he captures in “Pennies a Day,” a cute country song driven by the walking bass line.

Best known for his work on mandolin and pedal steel, Titcomb is also a solid guitar, dobro and banjo player. Fine examples of his picking pyrotechnics are found in the banjo breaks on “Gold Plated Love” and “Snake River.” Gordon’s high-octane mandolin break on “Snicker Doodle” would easily bring up prices at the pump. I was impressed with Gordon’s all star musical guest list for the album: Arlo Guthrie, Mike Auldridge, Bill Keith, Mark Schatz, Frank Solivan II, Mike Munford, Jon Caroll, Stefan Custodi, Dede Wyland, Kip Martin, John Previti, John Miller and Antoine Silverman. It must’ve been a blast to see his large body of originals come to life in the hands of these artists. “Snicker Doodle” and “Snake River Hoedown” are instrumentals that require some nimble fingers from these masters. While not a defining voice of the time, Titcomb’s baritone voice is pleasant. The strongest cuts incorporate Solivan’s and Wyland’s harmonies, and one nostalgic number with trio (“Take Me Back”) is a yearning for eternal youthfulness that most of us can relate to. Presented in ¾-time, “The River” shows a deep appreciation and connection to nature and our environment.

By age 17, Gordon had left high school and was playing with Mike Williams, opening shows for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Over the years, he’s played with the Denver Symphony Orchestra, Patrick Sky, John Herald Band, Woodstock Mountain Review, Happy and Artie Traum, Bill Keith , Jim Rooney, Rory Block, Eric Andersen, Kinky Friedman, Barry and Holly Tashian, Jim Lauderdale, Shawn Colvin, and now Arlo.
Titcomb’s also recorded in more than 2000 sessions. For the last 30 years, Titcomb’s made his living recording and playing as a sideman. I’m sure that it was strange, albeit very rewarding, to show up for recording sessions and have to assume the leading role of callling the shots on what songs to record, how to arrange them, and who to feature for solos.

Based on his music, Titcomb seems like an amiable and genuine person. He’s straightforward and easy to understand. That’s primarily why I like his songs. Some come across as more meaningful and effective than others, but they’re without gimmicks. Gordon sings and picks them with sincerity and subtlety so his tuneful stories and messages are easily remembered. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)


This CD is great! I've been watching Gordon perform with Arlo Guthrie for several years now, accompanying him on just about every string instrument known to man, including piano. His playing has always blown me away, so I was even further impressed to find out that he sings--not just anything, but his own songs--and was really happy he recorded this CD! His songs are wonderful--well-written lyrics, melodies that have you singing along in harmony, and even a couple instrumentals that just beg for toe-tapping. What more could you want?!


Fabulous tunes and brilliant execution ! Over the top ~ FABULOUS.
Gordon, I am sooo impressed and just LUV this CD. Each and every song is a winner but the Snake River Hoedown REALLY just knocks my sox off. Keep on doin' what yer doin' and ya can't miss! This is a treasured collection and I love sharing it with everyone.


One of the best CD's I've heard in a long time
We first became aware of Gordon Titcomb when Dale Jones, the morning DJ on WZBG radio in Litchfield, CT starting playing songs from The Last Train. Apparently, he is a local talent and this is what he likes to feature on his show. My husband loved Pennies A Day so much that he asked me to order the CD for him. All of the songs on this CD are so easy to identify with and are so catchy. We just love it! Sure hope that Gordon will appear somewhere in our area in the near future.


fabulous, warm, heartwarming
I've been listening to Gordon's CD exclusively since I bought it at Arlo's Church last month. It's one of those that words can't describe... "you just had to be there" in order to understand.. so "be there" and buy the CD... NOW, kid!


After seeing Gordon's wonderful, outstanding, multi-talented performance on stage with Arlo Guthrie in Northern Michigan, I picked up a couple of copies of "The Last Train" from him. What a delightful album! The songs, vocals, and instrumentals are so amazingly warm, gentle, and heartfelt, they do seem to be coming from his inner heart and soul directly into yours. This cd gets better with each listening, and I'm very much looking forward to his next one. Thanks, Gordon, for sharing your great talents and wonderful songs with all of us!


Fun! great stories and wonderful toe tapping music!
Having met Gordon at Chautauqua, NY, I learned first hand what a talented musician he was and a captivating personality. Then songs are funny, sad, tell a story and have a lesson....What a great collection. Keep up the great work!

S. Katz

Worth the wait
Gordon has been a regular session player with leading recording artists for over three decades and The Last Train, his first original CD, is well worth the wait. His resume should alert bluegrass and folk fans that they are in for some great picking, but the songs are the standout feature of this CD. The melodies are memorable, and the lyrics honest and direct. Take Me Back is a haunting plaint that should reach an entire generation -- it would not surprise me to find other artists recording covers of songs from The Last Train.

Gordon gets to strut his stuff on mandolin and banjo on several cuts, but he is also backed up by some of the best musicians in bluegrass and folk including Mike Auldrige, Bill Keith, Arlo Guthrie, Mike Munford and Antoinne Silverman. Snake River Hoedown is a bouncy original fiddle tune with changes that give the lineup a great chance to fire off some very hot playing. Banjo player Mumford's hook for Take Me Back stays in the mind, in fact, every cut has a lead that will have players rewinding the CD to cop some licks.

There are a lot of hot musician's out there, but few are songwriters with something to say. Gordon's tunes are drawn from his life and are presented without artifice or superficiality. His singing is real and you may find yourself humming the melodies long after the CD is over. I sure did.

This is a great debut CD!

John Willingham

Truly Amazing God passed out such talent !
I've followed Gordon for a long time, always amazed at his talent. He not only has musical talent, but also has one of the biggest caring hearts you would ever want to meet. He's really a all around wonderful person. This CD is so overdue to celebrate his talent which we can all enjoy. If you enjoy strings
I promise you that you will enjoy this CD. It is so well put together and a must have for any collection ! Can't say enough good about it ! It's just plain Great !
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