Coal Town Rounders

Coal Town Rounders

Scranton, Pennsylvania-based 
Bluegrass quartet

‘How it used to be’ is available now!

Our first full-length record, How It Used To Be, featuring eight brand new original tunes and two traditional numbers, is out now. You can grab it for download on iTunes and Amazon, or you can pick up a physical copy by heading over to our store.

Thanks again to Shane O’hara for co-producing and engineering, to Eric Ritter for mastering, to Tyler Pawelzik for illustrating, and to everyone who supported the release with a pre-order and/or personal enthusiasm.

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Folkadelphia Session Now Streaming

  • 2 November 2015

Back in the late winter we recorded some tunes at WXPN in Philadelphia for the Folkadelphia radio program. It is now available to stream on the world wide web. Check it out here!


WE’re Out Of Some Stuff

  • 19 August 2015

Thanks to all of the people who have relentlessly purchased merchandise from us this summer, we’re plumb out of all sizes of t-shirts as well as enamel pins. The folks this past weekend at the Stony Fork festival especially cleaned us out. Thanks for that! We’re working on new designs and we’ll definitely have new t-shirts on the webstore, and on the road, real soon. 


“Coal Headstone” featured on American Songwriter

  • 16 July 2015

As part of their Daily Discovery feature series, the folks over at American Songwriter today posted a quick question and answer session along with a stream of our tune “Coal Headstone.” Check out what our own Christopher Kearney had to say about how this song came together and learn a fact or two while you’re at it.



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

  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

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Bluegrass Today
Ear to the Ground

American Songwriter

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. 

 In May of 2015, Coal Town Rounders released their first full-length record of original material. ‘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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