New album rave: Babel

“I Will Wait”

Big Easy Express Trailer, a film by Emmett Malloy

Three bands, six cities, one train, and thousands of miles of track. Big Easy Express captures an incredible musical journey. Harkening back to the days of jubilant railroad revivals, of steam and steel, three bands set out in April 2011 to tour America by vintage train. L.A.’s Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Nashville boys Old Crow Medicine Show, and Londoners Mumford & Sons climbed aboard amid the massive rail yards of Oakland and set out for New Orleans on a “tour of dreams.” Stopping along the way to play sold-out shows in spots as diverse as San Pedro, California, and Marfa, Texas, Big Easy Express documents the bands’ vibrant railway adventures; the high canyons, joyous crowds, blasted skies, late-night laughter, endless music and a train that was bound for glory.

However, I am actually more excited for this film that just came out. I heard about it from my cousin who was interning with the Malloy brothers at the time the movie was getting the press at film festivals. It takes an in-depth look at the three bands as they re-live the musical magic on the tracks.

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