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, to everyone who supported the release with a pre-order and/or personal enthusiasm, and you - for being here!

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On A Sad note

  • 28 October 2016
It is with a heavy heart that we deliver this news - we will no longer be performing together as Coal Town Rounders. We would like to express our sincerest thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years. To anyone who has said a kind word, taken a chance on us, invested in us, sang or jammed with us, offered a firm handshake or a warm hug - thank you. We have played some great gigs, both small and large, and met tons of kind, strange, and wonderful people along the way. Thank you for giving us this experience.

New Products Available now!

  • 16 April 2016

We got some new stuff, and now you can too. Swing over to our web store for fresh gear, y’all.


Al Scorch comes to Scranton!

  • 7 April 2016

Al Scorch, along with Coal Town Rounders, playing for the everyperson. 



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
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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 are making their own moves in a genre that’s heavy on the tradition. 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. Performing live around a single microphone lends a timeless quality to an old-time approach and showcases the human element of interaction inherent in acoustic music. 

 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 budding groups such as Cabinet, The Tillers, Wood & Wire, and The Barefoot Movement. 

 Coal Town Rounders are currently touring in support of their first full-length record, released in May of 2015. ‘How It Used To Be’ is a recording that attests to the enduring qualities which define the style of music known as bluegrass. 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 artistic ethos of blue collar/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

Contact Us

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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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