Local musicians sing railroad songs at Roads N’ Rails

September 2, 2017

Only a few people showed up to Roads N’ Rails (Songs N’ Tales) at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum on Saturday, but it was still a fun time with some good music.

Everett Campbell and his partner Frank Novotny strummed their guitars and played American folk music, which told stories of railroads and the history behind them.

“We play railroad songs, bluegrass and some rock and roll,” Novotny said,

They played historic rail songs including “The City of New Orleans,” by Arlo Guthrie and other tunes written in the 1800s and 1900s. Other songs he performed were written by well-known country guitarist and singer Johnny Cash.

“We do this because we love the old tunes,” Campbell said. “This museum is a perfect place to perform the kind of songs we do.”

The musicians perform at other places such as nursing and convalescent homes, as well as the train museum.

Barbara Stafford, who volunteers with the Visitors Center, said this event is good to hold at a location like the center.

“Some people who come to visit Aiken - this is the first place they come and it’s always good to having something fun going on to welcome them,” Stafford said.

The Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum is located at 406 Park Avenue SE in downtown Aiken.