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Freight Hoppers back on track
Written by COLE CHRISTENSEN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 11:02
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The Freight Hoppers
Analogies and references to trains are commonly found in all corners of traditional American music, from gospel to blues to bluegrass. But perhaps none is more fitting than as a band name for the Freight Hoppers.
Based out of Bryson City, N.C., the Freight Hoppers got their start in the 1990s as a two-piece fiddle and banjo musical show for a scenic railroad excursion company. The railroad wanted some traditional music that fit in to the Appalachian scenery and fiddler David Bass and banjo player Frank Lee both looked and sounded the part.
The daily tours allowed Bass and Lee to hone and perfect their sound together, ultimately serving as the catalyst for the founding of their band, which was in-demand for live shows at festivals and venues across the country until the band’s hiatus in 2000.
After eight years apart the Freight Hoppers were born again in 2008, much to the joy of fans clamoring for more of their hard driving, fiddle-based music that both calls upon and pushes the boundaries of what is commonly referred to as old time music.
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