The Trainwreks

The Trainwreks


5-piece DirtyTonk group hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains taking sounds from near and far to create a sound for all ages. With a mixture of gypsy jazz, straight-ahead rock, and REAL country music, all with a dark twist, you'll love us or hate us...but you'll most likely love us.


Recently voted #1 Alt-Country band in WNC by the readers of the community paper Mountain Xpress for the third consecutive year, The Trainwreks are guaranteed to bring the party. If you are 8 or 83 (no older, because they are not liable), you will find something familiar yet new about this music. The Trainwreks, consisting of some of the most versatile musicians in Asheville, have combined to form a genre now known as DirtyTonk, fusing elements of gypsy jazz, dixieland, rock 'n' roll, country music, and western swing. Releasing there second album in April 2008 entitled "Ready to Die: The Kings of DirtyTonk", The Trainwreks are prepared to make hips shake and feet move around the world.


DeRailed (2006)
Ready to Die: The Kings of DirtyTonk (April 2008)

Currently have tracks in rotation on WNCW

Set List

We usually do 2-3 one hour sets, whatever the situation calls for...we can do more.

Our repertoire consists of about 80% originals with some eclectic covers mixed in - "Georgia (on a fast train)" (Billy Joe Shaver), "Dark Eyes" (Russian traditional), "Lochs of Dread" (Strength in Numbers), "Dinah" (Traditional), "Panhandle Rag" (Traditional), "Steel Guitar Rag" (Haskell Avey), "Motorcycle Mama" (Neil Young), "Who Do You Love" (Bo Diddley), "Honky-Tonk Blues" (Hank Williams), "Where Eagles Dare" (The Misfits), "T for Texas" (Jimmie Rodgers), "Tiger by the Tail" (Buck Owens), "Booze Me Up and Get Me High (Ween), "Johnny on the Spot" (Ween), "Trouble in Mind" (Lightning Hopkins), and many more...

Originals - "Good Man" (Fishman), "Ready to Die" (Fishman), "Black Djangus" (Mandelkorn), "Swamp Junkie" (Mandelkorn), "Blood" (Fishman), "Bottle & Cry" (B. Kelly), "Slippery Pete" (Mandelkorn), "Angie" (Riva), "Liquor & Pills" (Fishman & Riva), "Idaho" (Fishman), and many more...