Calvin and the Coal Cars will open RPM Days concert

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Abby Gray

NLJ Correspondent

On Saturday, June 9, at 6 p.m., Calvin and the Coal Cars, a traditional country music band, will be opening for 35th and Taylor at the annual R.P.M. Days.

The group hails from the Rocky Mountains in Montana, and the performance in Newcastle will be its biggest gig since the band’s formation about three months ago.

“I started writing the music for the band about three years ago, so I’ve been doing that, and kind of trying things out at doing solo shows myself while we were waiting to get enough material to start a band,” lead singer and songwriter Lee Calvin said.

The group has connections with Seth Rhoades, one of the founders of RPM Days, who is the brother-in-law of the group’s pedal steel guitar player, Brian Wetzstein. Though they got the gig through a family connection, the RPM Days committee is optimistic the community will welcome their traditional country music with open arms.

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