STANDING ROOM ONLY
$20 Advance / $30 day of show
Ticket required for ages 2+
The origins of RAIL go back to the post-Woodstock year of 1970, a year that saw the debuts of both Black Sabbath AND The Partridge Family. Starting out in Leo Dodd’s music class at Highland Junior High School in Bellevue, Washington is drummer Kelly Nobles, who puts a small ad in the school newspaper asking “anyone who wishes to start a band to meet in Conference Room B.”
Showing up is guitarist/singer Terry James Young, a transplanted San Franciscan who had already played in his first band in the sixth grade. A friend of Terry’s — Andy Baldwin — comes to practice with him one day. Kelly has an extra guitar and offers it to Andy. They formed the original nucleus of what became Rail & Company. Within two years Terry had switched to bass and a guy from Andy’s stage band class named Rick Knotts has stepped in to do a contracted New Year’s Eve show. The final piece had come together.
The high water mark for RAIL came in 1983 when their personal manager Maria Cooper submitted a video of “Hello” (against the band’s wishes) for an MTV contest called the “Basement Tapes”. Unsigned rock groups would compete with their videos with viewers calling in to vote on their favorite. RAIL’s reservations about being thrust into the cattle call quickly evaporated when out of 40,000 videos submitted worldwide, “Hello” wins the preliminary rounds and eventually the Grand Prize of a recording contract with EMI Records.
That recording contract yielded the 4-song EP, eponomously titled “RAIL” produced by Night Ranger producer Pat Glasser. Included on the EP were two songs made into videos — “1-2-3-4” and “Fantasy”. This was followed up a year later by the self-produced “RAIL THREE”. These two releases have been combined into one big Special Edition CD named “Adio”, a salutation to the fans given nightly by Terry at the conclusion of their show.
Now, twenty years later, RAIL has re-released Special Editions of these landmark albums, packed with bonus tracks and special enhance CD content with videos, interviews and much more. These compilations have been released as a tribute to all their great fans, friends and family who supported the band for those exciting early years.