Contemporary folk duo The Woolverstones have returned following the epic success of their debut single "A Song for Harlequins”, with a visual "Emerald Train”.
The track is marked as a slight anomaly, being that it’s the only track from their new studio album (Grey Eyed Dandy) that is geographically set abroad.
The song was first conceived whilst waiting for a train in southern France in the blistering heat. Band members Chris and Lou's shoes were broken, they were thirsty, hungry and not sure when the next train was coming as nobody was around to help.
As they waited pensively for the next train to escape this lonesome place, they were suddenly overcome by a sense of freedom...the oppressive heat and lack of footwear seemed almost liberating. There was something glorious about basking in the knowledge that things surely had to improve and that this minor hardship had led to the beginning of a song. They reflected on two favourite actors Charles Hawtrey (Carry On fame), and Peter Sellers. How much laughter they provided people despite their own turbulent lives.
Pain offers some rewards it seems.
Once they'd penned the lyrics, Chris started noodling and found a chord progression that struck him as having a slight Nirvana unplugged feel...happy to be on that path he chased this song down many more paths until he felt The Woolverstones' sound come through. Owing to the embryonic nature of the song, they sensed the chorus required an almost anticlimactic quality, they cracked it, and Emerald Train left the station.
In January 2022, The Woolverstones recorded their debut album "Grey Eyed Dandy”.
The sessions took place at Slate Room Studio, located in the quiet village of Pencaitland, Scotland.
The record was produced by John Wood who produced classic albums such as Pink Moon (Nick Drake), I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (Richard and Linda Thompson), Cool for Cats (Squeeze) and Solid Air (John Martyn).