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Railway Gamblers, The Leadfoot Band Collaborate on 'Vinyl For A Cause'

By Howard Ludwig | August 22, 2016 7:55am
 From left, Matt Fricks, Brendan Folliard and the rest of the Railway Gamblers have partnered with Steve Haberichter and The Leadfoot Band to release a single for Vinyl For A Cause. The proceeds from the effort will support VH1's Save the Music Foundation and other charities.
From left, Matt Fricks, Brendan Folliard and the rest of the Railway Gamblers have partnered with Steve Haberichter and The Leadfoot Band to release a single for Vinyl For A Cause. The proceeds from the effort will support VH1's Save the Music Foundation and other charities.
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BEVERLY — Two bands with Beverly roots have come together to cover an original song for Vinyl For A Cause — a charity effort benefiting VH1's Save the Music Foundation.

The Railway Gamblers and The Leadfoot Band will each cover one of the other's tracks for a vinyl single, commonly known as a 45. Only 500 of the albums will be made, said Matt Fricks, the lead guitar player for the Gamblers.

"We grew up with [Leadfoot], and they are a huge influence to us," said Fricks, 24, who remembers sneaking into shows to see the bluegrass band that was first formed in 2004. Leadfoot returned in 2011 after a five-year hiatus.

Steve Haberichter, 45, plays the mandolin, guitar and vocals for Leadfoot and was honored to hear that he influenced the Gamblers, who describe their musical style as folk rock or alternative country.

 The Leadfoot Band and Railway Gamblers have collaborated on a vinyl single or 45 with the proceeds going to Vinyl For A Cause. The Beverly bands each cover an original song by the other band. The album cover art is a picture of the Dan Ryan Woods.
The Leadfoot Band and Railway Gamblers have collaborated on a vinyl single or 45 with the proceeds going to Vinyl For A Cause. The Beverly bands each cover an original song by the other band. The album cover art is a picture of the Dan Ryan Woods.
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The Gamblers were formed in March 2014 and have recorded two albums: "Shadow Of The Moon" and "Heart Of The Sun." Their third album, "A Way In The Wind," debuts in December. It will have about 14 songs and has a more rock-and-roll vibe alongside some slower ballads, said Brendan Folliard, 24, the lead singer and a guitarist.

As for the collaboration, the Gamblers will cover a song called "Jailhouse" by Leadfoot. The flip side will feature Leadfoot covering the Gambler's "Backroad." The album costs $20 and all the proceeds will go to the charity.

"We don't see a cent of the profits," said Fricks, adding that each group retains digital rights to the tunes. The Gamblers have considered sharing their Leadfoot cover online someday.

The artwork for the Beverly collaboration album also has a local flair, as artist Matt Gizyn used a photo of the Dan Ryan Woods for cover art. And all of the albums are numbered and signed by members of both bands.

Charlie Greengoss and Adam Victorn are behind Vinyl For A Cause. The other bands involved in the project include Jesse W. Johnson, Coed Pageant, IndigoSun and The Heard. These groups are based in Edgewater and Humboldt Park.

The records were all recorded at Treehouse Records' studio in Belmont Cragin, and each record will have about 6-7 minutes of music per side, Greengoss said.

The Gamblers and Leadfoot expect their collaboration single to debut before the end of the year. They're hoping to unveil the 45 with a show where they'll also share the same stage.

"People are always asking, 'When is a Leadfoot-Gamblers show going to happen?'" Fricks said.

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