The House Band

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January 26, 2021

OLG’s “house band” is The Legendary Trainhoppers, an American band from Fort Wayne. (Full disclosure: Matt Kelley plays guitar and mandolin and writes songs in the band.) The band writes, rehearses and performs in The B-Side at One Lucky Guitar, the small listening venue within our office.

Over 2019–2020, the band released three EPs, and during the pandemic wrote and recorded five new songs. All of that material has been compiled on the double-album Hard Times, which features 18 songs over two discs, along with a bonus DVD featuring a documentary, live performances and more. You can buy the record here, or, of course, stream it on Spotify and Apple.

The record was extensively covered in The Journal Gazette.

The accompanying documentary, A Slight Sleight of Hand, was produced by OLG and Red Tide Productions. It’s a breezy seven-minute watch—enjoy:

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Oh, one more note—
What’s up with the name? Back in 2005, Matt was given the photo above by his aunt, who dabbles in genealogy. Matt’s great-great grandfather is there, Lafayette “Layf” Bacon. Being as it was a hundred years since the photo was taken, Matt and his friends dreamt up what that band sounded like, and tried to re-form it a century later. Since the original band looked like they rode in on a hopped train, we ran with that idea, and The Legendary Trainhoppers were born.

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