In high school, Bradford Lee Folk discovered bluegrass through a cassette tape of Flatt & Scruggs and has been enamored of that high, lonesome sound ever since. On his 40th birthday, he started writing a beautiful, slightly uneasy song called “Trains Don’t Lie,” which anchors his new album, Somewhere Far Away.
“The song is about self-realization and pain due to lack of trust. It’s what we all eventually have to do when we try to better ourselves throughout our lives,” he tells CMT Edge. “It really has little to so with trains and more to do about trust and failure.”
Born in Louisiana and raised in Missouri, Folk is a veteran of the bluegrass scene, having released three albums with the band Open Road. After that ensemble fell apart, he moved to Colorado and opened a music venue for country-roots bands. Now he’s based in East Nashville and divides his time between organic farming and his music career.
When he tours, Folk often brings along a group of young pickers known as the Bluegrass Playboys. And when he’s solo, he’ll play a mix of originals and covers of songs popularized by Grand Ole Opry stars of the 1940s. “Trains Don’t Lie” meets those two worlds halfway as the elegant fiddle part is played by newly-hired Grand Ole Opry staff fiddler Matt Combs.
Looking ahead, Bradford Lee Folk & the Bluegrass Playboys are slated for shows in Tennessee and Georgia in May. They’ll also appear at the Romp Festival in Owensboro, Ky., in June.
Check out Bradford Lee Folk’s “Trains Don’t Lie.”