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Summer, 2019


Proudly announcing the release of The Catskill Mountain Railroad Album (PCD3305), a unique collection of original rock and Americana music about trains by people who love them, including local artists. All artists have donated their music.  Profits will be shared with the CMRR, a heritage tourist railroad in Kingston, NY, running into the beautiful Catskills on a portion of the historic Ulster & Delaware line. Click here for artist information, websites and full song credits.

1 – PAUL PAYTON with ROB CARLSON – Catskill Mountain Railroad Train
2 – BEN ROUNDS – Train Used to Run
3 – ALICE BIERHORST – Train Song
5 – WILD CARNATION – Susquehanna 142
6 – PAUL PAYTON– Isn’t Life Just Like a Railroad?
7 – GOATS IN TREES – Fast Train

Compilation (P) 2019, Presence Productions.
All songs used by permission. All rights remain with the artists.

Listen on Spotify and YouTube (links on this page); download on Amazon; download tracks or buy a CD at CD Baby; or buy the CD at CMRR's ticket window!

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The members of The Benefit Street Band have been busy with side projects. Rob Carlson has a new duet album with Beth Bradley on Inverted Turtle Records, and is working on a new solo album; some tracks are now available! Vin Pasternak's new album, "The Barcelona Note Book," has just been released to excellent reviews. In addition to the just released Catskill Mountain Railroad Album, Paul Payton is working on a solo album of instrumental compositions, "somewhere between rock and new age" - more details to come.

Track list:

1    All I Saw (3:39)
2    Shakin on Down (3:41)
3    Stopwatch (4:06)
4    Your Own Lyin' Eyes (3:27)
5    Angels on the Radio (4:35)
6    Benefit Street & Me (3:22)
7    Me (4:40)
8    The One Called Shenandoah II (4:27)
9    When I Turn to You (4:16)
10    Gardner, Illinois (3:51)
11    Let's Run Away (3:16)
12    Small Town Band (4:02)

13.   Modern Man: Los Geezers del Amor (4:48)

The exciting second album by           ROB CARLSON & THE BENEFIT STREET BAND (Presence PCD3304), is an all-original collection of folk, Americana, pop and rock, with a touch of humor as well. Featuring "Angels on the Radio," "All I Saw," "The One Called Shenandoah," and other in-concert favorites. Hear full songs now and buy downloads or CDs at CD Baby. Also on iTunes, YouTube (search for "Rob Carlson Benefit Street"), Spotify and more.)

EXCLUSIVE BONUS TRACK: the final studio recording by Rob's former group, Modern Man: "Los Geezers del Amor."

More at www.robcarlsonmusic.com

Read Rob's comments on the album here.

Some unsolicited comments from fans and friends:

"Congratulations again on the CD -- great tunes, fun lyrics, I will enjoy listening again and again."

"Great album. Love it!"

"I've been listening to your music and enjoying. Especially liked 'Benefit Street & Me."

"Congratulations...so much good stuff! "


ROB CARLSON & BENEFIT STREET (What Cheer CD3345, co-produced by Presence and Inverted Turtle Records) is the first album from singer-songwriter Rob Carlson with his new band, sharing its name (and keyboardist Paul Payton) with his long-ago group of the same name. Hear songs and buy downloads or full CDs at Bandcamp or CD Baby. More about this and other Rob Carlson and Modern Man albums at www.robcarlsonmusic.com.

In the performance photo above,  L-R: Paul Payton, Rob Carlson, Sam Carlson, Vin Pasternak; Fairfield, CT
On the album cover: Vin, Sam, Rob and Paul on the actual Benefit Street, Providence, RI

Track list:

  1. Georgianna
  2. The One Called Shenandoah
  3. Isaac Smiles
  4. Lady of Old Monterey
  5. Time and Time Again
  6. The Bells of St. Stephen's
  7. Seven Years
  8. Walk and Don't Walk
  9. Money Movin' Money Around
  10. Fly (Joachim's Song)
  11. Before They Know You're Gone
  12. Hudson Bridge

For BOOKING, call 203-256-0580 or e-mail booking@RobCarlsonMusic.com

Please "like" Rob Carlson & The Benefit Street Band on Facebook. Thanks!

BENEFIT STREET/ THE AMERICAN DREAM (Presence PCD3301) was an original music band from New England who, as The American Dream, had a top ten single in Rhode Island in 1967 but the rest of whose music, although unreleased, received extensive airplay on local FM radio. Their music has never before been compiled until this unique collectors' album, which also contains album-ready tracks (for "the LP that got away"), previously-unheard demos and an 8-page historical booklet! Click here for the full track list and to begin the band's story. Hear excerpts and buy downloads or full CDs at CD Baby. The group is in the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.


THE FABULOUS DUDES, "The Kids Would Go Wild!" (Presence PCD3303), presents 14 new original group harmony (doo-wop) tracks that could have been hits had they come out in the '50s and early '60s.   For more information about the group, song titles, etc. click on the group's home page, the stories behind the songs and lyrics, and some of the comments from their friends and fans.
   You can hear and download songs, the entire digital album or buy the CD at Bandcamp and CD Baby

FABULOUS DUDES NEWS: guest lead vocalist Bobby Nelson, who sang on "The Fabulous Dudes" and "Wendy," passed away on July 26, 2018. In tribute, "Wendy," which appears on the group's CD with essentially a demo instrumental track behind it, now has a full band and has been uploaded to Soundcloud. Enjoy Bobby's great rock 'n' roll voice in a new setting!


Looking for Paul Payton's voice-overs, including streaming demos? Go to www.paulpayton.com