Lonesome Train powering ahead

Heathcote Hoedown bound: Lonesome Train features Christian Power, Doug Dekroo and Rob Laurie.
Heathcote Hoedown bound: Lonesome Train features Christian Power, Doug Dekroo and Rob Laurie.

Last year Wollongong band Lonesome Train did a tour of duty entertaining NATO troops. 

The self-described  “honky tonk boys” played for the NATO troops in Afghanistan as well as other missions in the middle east.

They were on the Syrian border playing for United Nations’ troops just a few weeks ago. 

The Train also played for UN peacekeepers at UN’s headquarters on the West Bank of Palestine in Jerusalem. 

This is not the first time Power and band mates have performed for troops. 

Back in 2011 they felt ‘‘honoured and humbled’’ to have been called up on a tour of duty to entertain Australian troops and the Australian Federal Police in the Solomon Islands. 

Lonesome Train features twangin’ guitar slinger, Christian Power, Aussie rock’n’roll legend Doug Dekroo slappin’ on double bass and the stand up drumming of Rob Laurie.

Last year the rockabilly rebels were nominated for one of Australia’s most prestigious entertainment industry accolade, the MO Award. 

“We are absolutely thrilled and humbled to receive this nomination amongst so many amazing talents, and to get the nod of approval from your peers and mentors in this way is the ultimate high five,’’ Power said.

Power and his mates will be in action at the Heathcote Hotel on Saturday, February 18 as part of the Heathcote Hotel Hoedown.

For the uninitiated,  you can’t help but have a straw chewin’, knee slappin’ good time when the Train rips into their repertoire of classics from any decade or musical genre.

The Train have wide appeal with audiences of all ages and play an average 150 shows a year across the country.

The huge sound this trio creates is something to see and hear and the range of material they play could be anything from Hank Williams or Johnny Cash for the purists, to Cold Chisel, ACDC, Prince or Aerosmith for those who ever wondered how it might have sounded if the whole world was a cowpoke.

The evening of dancing, singing, eating and hay bales starts at 7.30pm. 

Golden Guitar winner Luke O’Shea will provide the early entertainment from 2pm.