Coal Town Rounders

Coal Town Rounders

Scranton, Pennsylvania-based 
Bluegrass quartet

How it used to be release: 12 May, 2015

Our first full-length record, How It Used To Be, featuring eight brand new original tunes and two traditional numbers, is currently in production and is scheduled for availability on Tuesday, the 12th of May, 2015.  A great many thanks to Shane O’hara for co-producing and engineering the record, to Eric Ritter at The Windmill Agency for his mastering expertise, and to Tyler Pawelzik at Black Casket Tattoo for all of the illustrations. We’re excited to get this thing out there - check back here and follow us on our social media outlets for news and updates.

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Bluegrass Today premieres our manufacturing Video

  • 21 April 2015

We shot some video during the manufacturing of our limited edition, letterpress CD cases and spent a few hours inside the computer piecing together an edit. Bluegrass Today did us a solid and premiered the video on their homepage for the whole world to see. You can check out their post of our making-of video by clicking here. The soundtrack contains a little teaser of title track... Please enjoy!


Pre-order on Itunes now available!

  • 20 April 2015

Our new record, How It Used To Be, is now available for pre-order on iTunes. If you order now, in advance of our May 12th release date, you can save yourself some greenback dollars.


Album Review!

  • 16 April 2015

Greg Jones from Ear To The Ground Music just posted a really nice and very complete review of our new album. He boldly calls it traditional music done right,” and he sums up the whole record saying, “it’s deeply American, fundamentally romantic, and completely enjoyable.” Those are some kind words, Greg, and we really appreciate your saying so. If you have the time, please check out the full review here, and then do yourself a favor and keep up with all of the happenings over at Ear To The Ground.



Historic Blairstown Theater, March 7, 2015

Video by Leah Marie Kirk

Historic Blairstown Theater, March 7, 2015.

Video by Leah Marie Kirk

Coal Town Rounders - How It Used To Be

How It Used To Be

Out May 12th!  Pre-order available now!

  1. Coal Headstone
  2. O, the Pain You Put Me Through
  3. Our Country Home
  4. Poor Broken Heart
  5. Cora Lea
  6. Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms
  7. How It Used to Be
  8. A Ship Cast onto Stone
  9. Cherokee Shuffle
  10. Snakes in the Garden



Bluegrass Today
Ear to the Ground

Coal Town Rounders - Numero Uno

Numero Uno

  1. Foggy Mountain Top
  2. Dark as a Dungeon
  3. Driving Nails in My Coffin
  4. Rank Stranger
  5. Ole Slew Foot
  6. Darlin' Cory
  7. Tennessee Waltz



For Folk's Sake
Bluegrass Today
the Key-WXPN
Stereogum-Folkadelphia Vol. 2 Collection


Grafting their passion for Appalachian music and harmony singing to 21st century sensibilities, Northeast Pennsylvania-based quartet Coal Town Rounders occupy a space in time that is distinctly their own. With a foundational repertoire of bluegrass material you’d expect in a group twice their age, the band is poised to expand the reach and relevance of traditional music with their unique and hard-driving sound. Live performances around a single microphone showcase the intensity and dynamic interplay between each member and lend a timeless quality to an old-time approach.  

 Following the release of ‘Numero Uno,’ their 2013 EP of traditional bluegrass tunes, the band has been well received by audiences throughout its home state of Pennsylvania, the northeast, and stretches of the midwest. They have shared the stage with a range of nationally touring acts including Emmy Lou Harris, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Lumineers, The Grascals, and The Roys, and with budding groups such as Cabinet, The Tillers, Wood & Wire, and The Barefoot Movement. 

 Coal Town Rounders are currently putting the finishing touches on their first full-length record of original material to be released in May of 2015. ‘How It Used To Be’ is a recording that attests to the enduring qualities which define the style known as bluegrass music. It is evident that the band has absorbed the traditions inherent to this idiosyncratic American art form, and they have melded the genre’s vocabulary with the unique musical influences each member brings to the fold. Filtered through the aggressive artistic ethos of post punk/DIY culture, it is a thoroughly modern record, imbued with studied bluegrass tradition.

Christopher Kearney

Guitar / Vocals

Jason Zarnowski

Upright Bass / Vocals

ian O’Hara

Banjo / Vocals

Matthew Hiller

Mandolin / Vocals

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We are very proud, and simultaneously humbled, to use equipment from Ear Trumpet Labs, Banks Mandolins, and Zachary Guy / Born Old Manufacturing Banjos.

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