Southern Rail at 1794 Meetinghouse

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For the Recorder
Published: 6/27/2019 1:56:44 PM

This Sunday at 4 p.m., 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem will present the band Southern Rail, with its high-energy exuberant music, riveting harmonies, irrepressible humor and sparkling banjo, mandolin, and guitar solo work.

Jim Muller was born and raised in Richmond, Va., and is the band’s principal lead singer and songwriter. Muller’s rich, distinctive lead vocals and offbeat humor have become one of the group's trademarks. A guitarist for over 40 years, he is also known for his polished flat-picking and rock-solid rhythm.

Aggressive, creative and irrepressible, Sharon Horovitch is known for her limber bass work. Horovitch sings tenor and high-baritone harmonies. Horovitch and Muller are co-founders of Southern Rail, and have worked on ten recording projects, eight of which are Southern Rail’s.

Richard Stillman founded or has been involved with of a number of influential bluegrass bands, including the Jersey Travelers, a previous term with Southern Rail, Way Station, and Adam Dewey and Crazy Creek. Stillman was New Jersey banjo champion in 1983, six-time winner of the annual banjo contest in Lowell (1985-1995), and New England banjo champion (2002 and 2003).

Hailing from Northboro, John Tibert started playing guitar at age 14. Once he heard Dave Grisman on “Old and in the Way,” his life was never the same and he's been addicted to bluegrass ever since. Tibert’s mandolin playing is fluid, lyrical and from the heart, and his superb bass vocals are a powerful addition to the group’s signature quartet harmonies.

Southern Rail celebrates over four decades of performing with the long-awaited release of its 12th recording, Voices in the Wind. And on April 6 this year, Horovitch and Muller were inducted into the Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance's Hall of Fame.

Tickets for adults are $15. Those ages 13 to 17 are $10. Under 12 is free. They can be purchased at


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