Upcoming Trips: Dave Alvin's West of the West 2018
OCTOBER 7 - 17, 2018:
DAVE ALVIN, JOHN DOE, EXENE CERVENKA, JIMMIE DALE GILMORE, BLIND BOY PAXTON, HOWE GELB, RUTHIE FOSTER, CAROLYN WONDERLAND, DEAD ROCK WEST, BILL KIRCHEN, RICK SHEA AND CHRISTY MCWILSON
LOS ANGELES - FORT WORTH - CHICAGO.
CHICAGO - KANSAS CITY - ALBUQUERQUE/SANTAFE - LOS ANGELES
UPDATEThis trip is now SOLD OUT. Please e-mail or call us if you would like to be placed on the waiting list: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-484-3669 (US/Canada) or 802-258-1397
AN IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING THIS TRIP:
In late March of 2018 Amtrak management announced sweeping changes on haulage of private railcars, restricting not only the cities through which we can operate, but also drastically increasing the cost-per-mile we are charged (among other pricing increases). We have re-configured this trip to meet the new guidelines, so we are forging ahead with sales and planning, BUT we want you to be aware that the future of these sorts of epic rail journeys is very much in doubt.
The private cars we charter are owned by small family businesses and individuals who simply cannot afford to operate under the new Amtrak policies. The increased haulage costs, coupled with the restrictions on where we can travel, leave us with few options other than shorter trips on limited routes at a much higher cost. That is not a business model that appeals to us, so we will be exploring other options for continuing the exciting musical adventures for which we are known.
Over the years have done our best to create trips that offer a great experience and compensate our artists and vendors fairly. If you’ve ever been inclined to join us for one, but have always deferred to “Maybe next year…”, we’d like to help you find a way to make it happen this year. Should finances be the obstacle, we’re offering new customers the option of ten month interest-free payment schedules, May 2018 through February 2019 – bringing the full trip monthly burden to within the range of a gently-used Honda Civic.
We have operated over 45 trips with an extremely high number of returning travelers and we have loved every minute we’ve spent on the rails with you all. We are fighting alongside thousands of others to reverse this “death by a thousand paper cuts” approach to dismantling the national passenger rail network and mothballing these lovingly restored artifacts of railroad history, but are painfully aware that this will likely be the last time we can offer a trip like this. We hope you will join us
With the future of long distance passenger rail travel under threat across the entire Amtrak system, we continue to advocate for the reversal of these detrimental policies, and would appreciate it if you would contact your Congressional delegation about these changes in Amtrak policy, which we consider both shortsighted and counterproductive. Please click here for a template of a message to send. If you’d like to further support long distance passenger rail, we’d invite you to join the Rail Passengers Association, a national advocacy effort fighting to preserve this vital transportation resource: https://www.railpassengers.org/
As ever, should you have questions, feel free to call us at 802-258-1397 or shoot us an email to trains(at)sover.net.
Yours for more and better music trains,
Sarah Ovenden and Charlie Hunter
TRIP OVERVIEWTo celebrate our tenth train trip with the legendary Dave Alvin, we've dreamed up something to honor the occasion in fine fashion! Join us for the full circle (your best travel value), or your choice of Eastbound or Westbound legs. Dave, Rick Shea, Christy McWilson, and an ever-changing cast of stellar musicians will be entertaining us over the course of this epic (6532 miles, to be exact!) rail journey over three of the most iconic railroad routes throughout the West.
For most of us, the trip begins in Los Angeles with a stay at the iconic Millennium Biltmore Hotel, followed the next day with an evening departure on board our chartered private cars attached to the rear of Amtrak’s Texas Eagle. Sunrise finds us in the land of the saguaro cactus, as we hurtle across the desert toward the vast expanses of Texas and beyond. We’ll be stopping for the night in downtown Fort Worth, with easy access to all that this vibrant city has to offer and the chance to visit historic Dealey Plaza in Dallas. We’ll skirt the Ouachita National Forest before crossing the Arkansas River in Little Rock, and awake in the shadow of the Gateway Arch in St Louis before making our final push through the Land of Lincoln and our mid-afternoon arrival in Chicago. We’ll check into our downtown Chicago hotel, just a few blocks from Union Station and have the entire afternoon and evening to explore this great city. The Westbound leg of the trip begins the next day as we board our private cars and head out across the mighty Mississippi River and on to our evening’s berth at historic Kansas City Union Station. We’ll have the next day free to explore this great museum and food city (and if we’re smart we’ll follow Dave Alvin’s recommendation for the best gas station barbecue joint!), before creeping out into the night into the enormity of Kansas cattle farming country. We’ll climb over Raton Pass – and yes, we’ll sing the song – into the stunning landscapes of New Mexico. Early evening finds us in Albuquerque, where we’ll spend the night on board before heading out on a side trip to Georgia O’Keefe country where we’ll spend an afternoon at Ghost Ranch, and then an evening and hotel overnight in Santa Fe. We rejoin the train the next day for our final rollicking evening on board as we parallel the iconic Route 66 across the Mojave Desert, over Cajon Pass before descending into the welcoming (if often a bit smoggy) embrace of the City of Angels.
Days on board the train are filled to bursting - take in as much as you'd like, or retire to your private room and watch the miles roll by. There are round-robin music 'workshops', open mics, informal song circles, concerts, nature programs, freshly-prepared meals, and an opportunity to hang out with your favorite musicians and fellow enthusiasts. Sit in the dome for unparalleled views of the American landscape. Stops in cities en route give us a chance to explore, visit museums, sample local restaurants and pubs, or whatever suits your fancy.
This is no mass-market cruise - you'll be one of just 45 passengers on this exquisite journey. The classic streamlined railroad cars of LA Rail will be our home for the thousands of miles we will be traveling. Your host is the legendary DAVE ALVIN, accompanied by longtime sideman RICK SHEA, the incomparable CHRISTY McWILSON and an amazing lineup of musical guests. Delicious, freshly-prepared meals and complimentary beer, wine and soft beverage service in our own 1950's-era dome car with glass-enclosed 360-degree views, plus lovingly restored sleeping cars from the golden age of streamliners make for an unforgettable travel experience. Get ready for a non-stop musical adventure.... All aboard!
THE MUSICIANSDAVE ALVIN - "There are two types of folk music: quiet folk music and loud folk music. I play both," says Dave Alvin. One of the great writers and performers in American music, Dave Alvin draws from blues, country and folk traditions to make music uniquely his own. First emerging in the LA roots/punk scene as a member of The Blasters, The Flesh Eaters, and later X, Alvin has gone on to play with a veritable who's who of rock and folk, and, more recently, to forge a mighty solo career. This is his tenth Roots on the Rails trip.
RICK SHEA - "When I was younger Merle Haggard cast a long shadow, but since then Dave Alvin, Jim Ringer and a lot of other music has found its way in," says Rick Shea. Raised in San Bernadino, California, Shea's brand of storytelling cuts to the quick, and his extraordinary guitar work raises the bar even higher. He has toured as a member of Dave Alvin's Guilty Men and has become one of Roots on the Rails' most requested performers. Rick hosts the Open Mic sessions on board with grace, good humor, and top-notch honky-tonk chops.
CHRISTY McWILSON - No one is ever going to call Christy McWilson “organized.” But we love her. McWilson first made a name for herself in late-century Seattle bands the Dynette Set and the Picketts. In 2000 Dave Alvin approached McWilson with an offer to produce her first solo album, made up of her originals and a heartfelt, lovely cover of Brian Wilson's "Til I Die." The album, The Lucky One, was recorded with a core band that included Alvin, Peter Buck, and Rick Shea on guitars; Bob Glaub and Walter Singleman on bass; and Don Heffington on drums. Two years later, she called on many of the same musicians to help her put together her second solo album, Bed of Roses. This will be Christy’s fifth West of the West trip and twentieth lost pair of sunglasses.
JOHN DOE and EXENE CERVENKA - (LA-El Paso) Original members of seminal LA punk band X, John and Exene continue to also pursue independent careers, John as a singer, writer, and actor; Exene as a singer, artist and poet. John has recorded 8 solo records w/ numerous renowned singers and players, more recently including Patty Griffin, Dan Auerbach, Aimee Mann, Don Was, Kathleen Edwards and Greg Liesz. He has appeared in over 50 films and television productions, with some of his most notable roles in Road House, Georgia, Roadside Prophets, Great Balls of Fire, Pure Country and Roswell. On top of her continuing work with X, including their recent 40th-anniversary tour, Exene continues to release solo albums, and has built a critically-acclaimed body of work as a poet and mixed media artist and has published numerous volumes of poetry, essays and other writings. This will be John’s third Roots on the Rails trip and Exene’s first.
JIMMIE DALE GILMORE (LA- Chicago) Jimmie has been writing and playing songs for over 50 years, blending elements of folk, country, blues, and bluegrass and defying categorization. He is a three-time Grammy nominee and was named Country Artist of the Year by Rolling Stone Magazine. Along with Joe Ely and Butch Hancock, Gilmore’s legendary band, The Flatlanders, has been credited as fathers of the Alt-country movement. This year, Jimmie and Dave are releasing their collaborative album "Downey to Lubbock" and will be touring the nation together -- but this will be your only chance to catch them on a train! This will be Jimmie’s ninth Roots on the Rails trip. We like him a lot.
BLIND BOY PAXTON (Fort Worth - Kansas City) A multi-instrumentalist in his twenties, playing music of the 1920's, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton channels a bygone era with astonishing range and virtuosity. You may have seen him featured in the multi award-winning music documentary AMERICAN EPIC produced by Robert Redford, Jack White & T-Bone Burnett. An utterly delightful performer, raconteur, and genuine character, Jerron joined us for his first Roots on the Rails trip in 2017, and we immediately knew we had to get him back on board.
HOWE GELB (Tucson - Fort Worth) When an artist's official bio states unequivocally that he was "raised by wolves", is he really a guy you want to share close train quarters with? If we're talking about Howe Gelb, you bet! Longtime frontman for Giant Sand, and prodigious collaborator on projects ranging from producing albums by John Doe and KT Tunstall to his latest release, "Future Standards", a re-imagining of the American songbook, Gelb has explored virtually every genre of music. No matter the genre or direction he takes, his music is gorgeously illustrated with witty wordplay and vivid imagery, rendering him one of the most interesting and compelling artists at work today. We're looking forward to welcoming him on board for his first ever Roots on the Rails trip.
CAROLYN WONDERLAND (Kansas City - Albuquerque) Although frequently tagged with the “multi-instrumentalist” moniker, Texas native Carolyn Wonderland’s musical chops range far beyond mere technical mastery of the trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, and lap steel. Lauded for her searing vocals and blistering guitar work, she is one of the most powerful artists on today’s blues scene. This will be Carolyn’s first Roots on the Rails trip.
RUTHIE FOSTER (Chicago - Albuquerque) Nominated for a Best Blues Album Grammy — three times in a row, recipient of seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year, and the title of an “inspiring American Artist” as a United States Artists 2018 Fellow – we are looking forward to watching Ruthie Foster blow the roof off the train. Drawing from the traditions of blues, folk, soul, rock, and gospel, this vocal powerhouse imbues her music with a raw and compelling honesty and authenticity that is not to be missed. This will be Ruthie's first Roots on the Rails trip.
BILL KIRCHEN (Albuquerque – Los Angeles) Grammy-nominated guitarist, singer, and songwriter Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step on any stage and elicit instant recognition. Named a “Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates a musical tradition that embraces rock ‘n’ roll, blues and bluegrass, Texas Western swing and California honkytonk. Bill was a founding member of the legendary Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen; he has released eight critically acclaimed solo albums, has toured internationally with Nick Lowe and has performed with Doug Sahm, Gene Vincent, Elvis Costello, Dan Hicks, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Hornsby and Link Wray. This will be Bill's forst Roots on the Rails trip
DEAD ROCK WEST (Albuquerque – Los Angeles) Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen make superb 'X meets Wilco' harmonic alternative country pop. Their newest recording “More Love”, produced by John Doe, is getting rave reviews for its soulful harmonies, described by the Los Angeles Times as “bent notes in tandem, musically summoning a flawless union.” This will be their second Roots on the Rails trip.
THE TRAINThe streamlined railroad cars of LA Rail bring the golden age of rail travel back to life. These are beautifully restored vintage cars with service to match. Our cars are attached to the rear of regularly-scheduled Amtrak trains, but our cars are not accessible to ticketed passengers. There is nothing like dining high above the rails in a dome lounge car. Freshly prepared meals and complimentary beverage service (good red and white wines, Heineken on draft, soft drinks, coffee, tea, etc.) are included in your ticket. When not in service for meals, SILVER SPLENDOR serves as our lounge space. Our performance car is the stunning OVERLAND TRAIL a 1949 Southern Pacific barbershop/lounge car, while sleepers PACIFIC SANDS, PALM LEAF, and CIMARRON RIVER provide streamliner-era private cabins.
Visit our page on different types of accommodations on board. Linens and towels are provided in all accommodations.
A cabin for two is called a BEDROOM (sometimes "Double Bedroom"), and has two chairs or a long sofa by day, converting to two bunk-style beds by night, with sink and toilet in an enclosed annex.
ROOMETTES - private cabin for one, with seat by day, bed by night, and a sink in room, available to solo travelers for a supplement of $300 eastbound or westbound ($600 full-circle).
PRICES & PAYMENT
- Prices include all onboard train activities, meals, and beverage service (soft drinks, coffee/tea, beer/wine) onboard while en route, toilet, and shower in each car, two-person occupancy of hotel rooms as noted and tickets to any land-based concerts.
- All prices are per person. If you are traveling as a couple, please purchase two of each item.
- For nights when hotel rooms are provided, solo travelers will be paired with a similarly-gendered patron. Solo travelers desiring single occupancy of hotel rooms can purchase solo supplements for $110.00 each night.
- Gratuities and other transfers not included. Liability release signature required.
- Includes hotel accommodations in Los Angeles on 10/6, Chicago on 10/11.
- Solo travelers desiring "Roomette" accommodations will need to purchase $600 add-on.
WESTBOUND LEG ONLY (Chicago start, Los Angeles end): $ 4589 per person.
Reserving your space and locking in your price is pretty straightforward. You have two choices:Cancellation Policy: Should you need to cancel your trip, any payments outside of deposit, and less 3% credit card fees if applicable are refundable until 60 days prior to event. Reservations are transferable to another trip up until 60 days prior to departure. Reservations are transferrable to another person right up until we print the name tags. Should we cancel this trip, monies shall be refunded in full.
- Pay all at once for maximum savings (2% off regular prices).
- Pay a $300 per person deposit now, then either pay balance within 14 days or speak with us about a payment plan
TRAVEL INSURANCEWe highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip. By purchasing through this link to Squaremouth (an aggregator where various insurance company policies can be compared at no additional cost to you), we receive a small commission (about five percent). This helps us keep our trips as affordable as possible. On virtually every trip we have someone who needs to cancel at the last minute due to injury or illness, family emergency, or any number of unexpected circumstances. Those who had purchased the trip insurance were disappointed to be missing the trip, but very relieved that they were not losing all the funds they had paid us, the airlines, hotels, and others. Those who did not purchase the trip insurance were really, really, sad to lose a train trip and a bunch of money too. We'd hate to see you be one of those people, which is why we stress the importance of trip insurance. Really, truly, we think it is worth it.
Sunday, October 7, 2018: Depart Los Angeles. After a full day to explore LA’s vibrant downtown district, our private cars pull out of Los Angeles Union Station at 10:10 pm and head into the night. We'll have a late-night hootenanny and spend our first overnight on board.
Monday, October 8: Through Arizona, New Mexico and into Texas. Our first full day and night on the train opens in the land of the looming saguaro cacti as we approach Tucson. We’ll pass by the massive aircraft “boneyards”, cross the Peloncillo Mountains, and have lunch just as we cross the Continental Divide. Afternoon finds us in El Paso within arms reach of the city of Juarez. Before you ask, there is not time to go for a drink at Rosie’s Cantina, unless you’d like to wait two more days for the next train through to pick you up. A smooth and straight night across the desert makes for great sleeping on board!
Tuesday, October 9: Arrive in Fort Worth, TX. We will have pulled into San Antonio in the middle of the night, and will depart again just as the sun is over the horizon. We’ll be paralleling the Balcones Fault all morning, giving Elsabe, our onboard Naturalist an opportunity to wax rhapsodic about continental collisions and plate tectonics – the woman loves a good tensional structural system! We’ll have a brief chance to wave at the ironically-tattooed and bearded hipsters of Austin as we pass through, and we’ll arrive in Fort Worth with plenty of time to get out for a night on the town, before returning for a late night gathering onboard and another cozy night in your sleeper. We’ll be parked at the intermodal transit hub, with easy access to the downtown trolley system that can get you to museums, the Fort Worth Water Gardens, the historic stockyards, The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and a host of other attractions.
Wednesday, October 10: Depart Fort Worth. With full morning in Fort Worth, we’ll lead a group of those who wish on side trip over to Dallas for an exploration of Historic Dealey Plaza – our train will pick us up when it comes through at 3:20 pm. We’ll roll through the aptly-named Longview, then on to Marshall – home to the Fire Ant Festival, about which the organizer famously quipped to a reporter “Well, if we called it the Azalea Festival, you wouldn’t exactly be talking to me, would you?” After dinner we finally exit the state of Texas, and roll in and out of Arkansas under the cloak of darkness.
Thursday, October 11: Arrive Chicago. Hotel overnight. We greet the dawn just west of the Mississippi River with the sun glinting off the Gateway Arch, cross the mighty waterway and travel past Cahokia Mounds, a pre-Columbian Native American city we had the pleasure of visiting on our Route 66 tour – exiting the site as perplexed as we had entered (“Nobody really knows,” seemed to be our tour guide’s answer to every question). Passing through the Land of Lincoln in Springfield, IL, we should also note that it is also the city in which the corn dog was invented. As we head into Blues Brothers territory, we’ll see the old Joliet prison before we cross the Chicago River – the only river in the world that flows backward due to its westward course away from Lake Michigan. Our scheduled arrival at Chicago's Union Station in the early afternoon gives us plenty of time to check in to our hotel and enjoy an evening on the town on our own.
Friday, October 12: Chicago to Kansas City, MO. Chicago is where we welcome our Westbound travelers for the next leg of the journey. After a free morning in Chicago, we gather at Union Station in the early afternoon for our departure, attached to the rear of Amtrak's legendary Southwest Chief. Leaving the “City of Big Shoulders” behind us, we’ll pass through Galesburg, the home of poet (and also folk singer/songwriter!) Carl Sandburg, site of the first anti-slavery society in Illinois and an important stop along the Underground Railroad. We’ll cross the Mighty Mississippi, then the Des Moines River, then finally the Missouri before pulling in to our home for the next 24 hours, the beautifully restored and vibrant Kansas City Union Station.
Saturday, October 13: Day free in Kansas City, evening departure. Our home base, Union Station, is perfectly situated for a day of exploring this great city. The free downtown streetcar departs directly from the station and can deliver you to museums, restaurants and the Power and Light district. The station itself is host to a fabulous restaurant, Pierponts, and just across the pedestrian footbridge is a little restaurant/shopping enclave. Charlie has volunteered to lead an excursion to the Nelson-Atkins museum or the surprisingly fascinating Steamship Arabia museum, and our host, Mr. Alvin has a long list of barbecue recommendations. We were so pleasantly surprised by all that Kansas City had to offer when we stopped there last summer – we’re excited to go back! We’ll have late night music back on board the train, and pull out of the station just after 10 pm to continue our journey westward.
Sunday, October 14: Albuquerque! This morning it’s as if we’ve traveled onto another continent as we wake up in a completely different landscape – in the middle of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, to be exact. We cross the Kansas/Colorado border and continue our “Cheerful Authors” itinerary with a brief stop in La Junta, home of Ken Kesey, then we veer into “Cheerful Singer-Songwriters” territory as we begin to climb up toward Raton Pass, inspiration for Townes Van Zandt’s legendary “Snowing on Raton”. It actually did snow on us over Raton Pass once… in July!! The New Mexico desert opens up in front of us for a great afternoon of railroading – prairie dog cities, herds of pronghorn antelope, a stretch of the last operational semaphore signals in the country, Apache Canyon, where you can almost touch the rock face (but please don’t!), a series of S-curves where the train snakes around on itself so that the front and the rear (that’ll be us) are within sight of each other. It’s a great stretch! We pull in to Albuquerque in the late afternoon and park, leaving you the evening free to search out the best green chile cheeseburger you can find. We spend the night on board, parked at the Albuquerque station.
Monday, October 15: Ghost Ranch and Santa Fe. After breakfast on board, our chartered motorcoach picks us up to whisk us off for an exploration of this remarkable landscape and an afternoon at Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, the former home and studio of painter Georgia O’Keefe. We’ll travel up through Jemez Pueblo, make a brief stop at the stunning Valles Caldera National Preserve, through the pine forests of Los Alamos to Abiquiu and on to Ghost Ranch where we’ll have lunch and an opportunity for a host of afternoon activities – guided hikes featuring famous O’Keefe landscapes, horseback riding – it’s an amazing place! We’ll head to Santa Fe in plenty of time for you to take advantage of the city’s vibrant restaurant culture and we’ll overnight at the Santa Fe Sage Inn, right at the edge of the Railyard District
Tuesday, October 16: Morning in Santa Fe, afternoon departure from Albuquerque. We’ll have the whole morning free to explore Santa Fe, wander the historic Plaza, peruse the galleries along Canyon Road – Charlie will once again be pressed into service as Docent, leading a gallery crawl that will include a stop at McLarry Fine Art, where a collection of his paintings are on display. In the early afternoon we’ll gather at the rail depot for a quick Rail Runner ride back down to Albuquerque where our train has been waiting for us. We, quite literally, head off into the sunset toward the stunning red rock cliffs and mesas near Grants, then past the delightfully retro neon signage of Gallup, on through Flagstaff and into the night for our last night on board. This is the point in the trip where we all secretly hope we might get a little bit delayed….
Wednesday, October 17: Arrival in Los Angeles. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a sunrise over San Bernardino. Ok, that’s a bit of hyperbole, but the sun will rise, and if we are on schedule it will happen somewhere around San Bernardino, so we may as well celebrate it. The coffee will be on and an early breakfast will be served as we roll down into the Los Angeles basin and our final stop, the elegant art deco masterpiece of Los Angeles Union Station. Those of you making flight connections later in the day can easily grab the Flyaway Shuttle right to LAX from the station, or hop on the Metro connection to Burbank. If you’d like to spend an additional night in Los Angeles, we can get you our group rate at the fabulously historic Millennium Biltmore, where the shrimp cocktail in the Gallery Bar is a thing to behold, and the Singapore Slings flow like water
THE FINE PRINTCancellation policy: Deposits are non-refundable, though can be applied to a future trip with us. Outside of deposit and credit card fees, full refund will be given up until 90 days prior to start of trip. 50% refund 60-90 days. No refund less than 60 days prior to start of trip. Reservations are fully transferrable to another person.
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