12) Midnight Train - Phillip Cross
AMERICANA YOUTH OF SOUTHERN APPALACHIA
Share America Foundation, Inc.
Release: May 16, 2019
Midnight Train – Phillip Cross (1:42)
Songwriters: Randall Franks and Cotton Carrier
Publisher and PRO: Peach Picked Publishing/BMI
Phillip Cross: Lead Vocal, Guitar and Mandolin
Randall Franks: Fiddle
Isaac Moore: Acoustic Bass and Background Vocals
Trevor Holder: Banjo
Tim Witt: Dobro
Phillip Cross, 21, attended Chattanooga State and is a graduate from Central High School in Harrison, Tenn. He performs with his father Dale in the Double Cross Bluegrass Band. He received the 2017 Horizon Award from the Atlanta Society of Entertainers.
"A piece of advice Randall Franks gave me was 'Record as much as you can while you’re young.' What better way than an album full of great young musicians all from the shadows of the Smokies? I’m proud to be an Appalachian American and proud to be on this album." Phillip Cross
"Trains have been a thematic vehicle for folk songs since their introduction into the world. The lonesome sound of the whistle evokes emotions of sorrow especially to those who saw trains as the primary medium of taking loved ones away from you. My childhood mentor Georgia Music Hall of Fame member Cotton Carrier penned the verses of this song in the 1954 leaving it unfinished. When I found the words, they drew me in, and I was inspired to write the chorus and a melody, that I hope would have been perfect for a performance by the legends of bluegrass." Randall Franks
Producer: Randall Franks
Associate Producer: Ryan Stinson
Studio and Mastering Engineers: Tim L. Witt, Witt Studios, Rocky Face, Ga., and Bradley Powell, Ringgold, Ga.
The Share America Foundation, Inc., a 501-C-3 of Georgia, which fosters the arts and preserves the history of Appalachia while presenting the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship annually to youth who continue traditional music styles of Appalachia. The organization hosts special events and creates projects that perpetuate the Appalachian experience.
It operates with a five-member volunteer board, and a task force of volunteers. The organization has assisted 28 college scholars thus far and numerous other youth in aspiring towards their musical goals through entertainer mentors, live performances, and creating opportunities for learning and success.
The music featured on this project is distributed to
radio stations thanks to a Round Up Grant from the North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation Foundation, the Kiwanis Club of Ringgold and the Wes and Shirley Smith Charitable Endowment.
Monies raised from the CD benefit the Share America Foundation, Inc. and its Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. The project is distributed by Crimson Records.
Learn more or donate at www.ShareAmericaFoundation.org.