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Tog til Mexico med Russell, Alvin, Hancock & Allen
Datum: 2007-05-17

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I september (12.-20. nøyaktig), hopper Tom Russell, Dave Alvin, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Laurie Lewis og Tom Rozum på The Sierra Madre Express med avgang Tucson, Arizona med destinasjon Mexico´s Copper Canyon.

Underveis kan det engere utvalget medpassasjerer glede seg over talentene til disse fremste av amerikanske låtskrivere, en serie minnerike geografiske scenarioer av det spektulære slaget og mat fra et utmerket kjøkken.

Her er prospektet i all sin lokkende velde;

This is the stuff of legend. Some of the rawest, roughest, toughest and most authentic voices in American music, together on a vintage streamline train, heading South across the border - to the heart of Mexico; through the Sonoran desert and into the storied Sierra Madre. By twisting rail, deep into the legendary Barrancas del Cobre - the Copper Canyon region - a land of enormous scope and vista with a network of canyons larger, deeper and far wilder than the Grand Canyon, a land so remote that few Americans have ever seen it.

They call it »the world's most exciting train ride« but we call it something else - it's a trip to another place and time. A week-long journey to the Sierra Madre Occidental, to the land of the Tarahumara Indians, whose name in their indigenous language means »light feet.« Rarimuri, the people who run - run for hours, for days; who run in the thin, clear air of 7,000 feet, who run the narrow footpaths that trace the rugged canyon walls, who run the paths their forefathers ran before them.

The thread that ties the journey together is music. Tom Russell; rail adventurer, darker than leather troubadour and his spiritual partner in song, Grammy winning guitarist and songwriter nonpareil Dave Alvin, »The King of California.« Butch Hancock, one-third of the Flatlanders (along with Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Joe Ely), and fellow West Texan, the eccentric dry-as-dust songwriter and sculptor Terry Allen whose »Lubbock on Everything« is hailed as one of lost masterpieces of Americana music. Rounding out the bill is Bay-area bluegrass fiddle maven Laurie Lewis and her phenomenal sideman Tom Rozum.

It's the trip of a lifetime, and you're invited. Be a guest on board - there will be no more than 65 of us at maximum - and at our remote yet luxurious hotels, one built of native materials on the canyon's rim, the other an historic ranch less than a mile away. Every day brings themed musical workshops, round-robins and evening concerts by our featured artists, not to mention open mics and relaxed, daily happy hours. There's no wall separating performer and audience, no concert stage, no barrier. We are one group, traveling together, sharing the wonder of this adventure.

All meals the entire trip, save for one dinner, are included. Food and beverages are freshly prepared. There are daily happy hours and, on the train, wines with dinner plus complimentary drink tickets. Accommodations on board feature enclosed rooms with cozy bunks, dome dining car, round-end observation car and open air lounge, with plenty of room to roam.

We spend three nights in the Canyon region, giving us time to hike, horseback ride or simply relax. One day offers a side trip to to the market town of Creel, where local guides conduct a tour to Cusarare, an old Tarahumara village. There is plenty of time to shop for the exquisite baskets, for which the Tarahumara are famous.

Roots on the Rails trips bring folks back again and again. Here are just two comments from 06 Tarahumara Train travelers: »Thanks again for a great trip! Everything was just fantastic!« »What an amazing experience - It was one of those rare experiences that was even better than we had expected. We hope to see everyone again on the next train!«

To join us, call Charlie Hunter , 866-484-3669 toll free (or 802-463-3669, 802-463-3677 fax), email . Visit for more information, video clips, etc.

Price: Solo travelers - six payments of $798 USD. Two persons traveling together - ten payments of $898 USD. 2% discount on total price if entire payment made at time of sign-up. Payments outside of non-refundable $250 US per person deposit are refundable until 60 days prior to departure. Reservations are transferrable.
Thur. Sept. 13 - arrive Tucson. Registration and welcome reception and concert and a night at the Westward Look Resort

Fri. Sept. 14 - by motor coach to Nogales, board train, on-board welcome, live music performances overnight on train through Sonoran desert.

Sat. Sept. 15 - arrive Sufragio (at sea level) in morning, then travel all day to Divisadero at 8,000 feet. Breakfast and lunch on board. Late afternoon arrival at hotel. Happy hour and dinner at hotel. Evening music programs.

Sun. Sept. 16 - the day is free to hike, horseback ride, etc. Afternoon workshops, open mic, happy hour, evening concert.

Mon. Sept. 17 - Train to Creel (market town for the Copper Canyon region). Visit Tarahumara caves. Evening concert at hotel.

Tues. Sept. 18 - after lunch, board train, overnight on train.

Wed. Sept. 19 - arrive Nogales early afternoon, motorcoach to Tucson, final night at Westward Look (dinner 9/19 not included).

Thur. Sept. 20 - breakfast, followed by individual departures.

Call Charlie Hunter , 866-484-3669 toll free (or 802-463-3669, 802-463-3677 fax)

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