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A Hot Lover Gets A One-Way Ticket Home in “Take That Train” by The Nied’s Hotel Band

“Take That Train” is about the hardships of having a romantic relationship when you’re in a great rock band

Who gets the one-way ticket home, your hot lover or your amazing rock band? The Nied’s Hotel Band’s new song “Take That Train” is about a sizzling romance that fizzles due to the hardships of maintaining a relationship while you’re in a band. Listen to the song to find out if he lets the relationship go or if the band plays on without him! The Nied’s Hotel Band is releasing “Take That Train” on Friday, July 15th on MTS Records.

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“Take That Train” originated in the early ’90s when guitarist Tim Hadley was working on a project with Ronda Z (who would later be a guest vocalist on NHB’s “Day the Lady Cried”). At that time, they only had a general outline of the song and a title. The band split soon after, but the song stayed with Hadley for over a decade. Inspired by Little Feat and New Orleans mid-tempo, funky grooves, “Take That Train” was resurrected from Hadley’s memory and ignited by The Nied’s Hotel Band.

Featuring a stellar lineup of musicians, the band included Ron Beitle, a powerhouse drummer with Gold Record experience (Wild Cherry – “Play That Funky Music”) and Russ Oblinger, his equally-talented rhythm section partner on bass. The song also features a fleet-fingered, rock n’ roll piano solo by Fred Delu in the bridge section, followed by a wailin’ sax solo by Ed Jonnet.

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The lyrics to the song were created by John Vento, singer/leader of NHB, who took the simple phrase ‘take that train’ and crafted a whole scenario revolving around the difficulty of maintaining relationships when playing in a band, ending with him telling her to “take that train” because it’s over.

Once the band had fine-tuned the arrangement, they convened at Klint Macro’s Cobblesound Studio to record the track. Hadley added his Lowell George-inspired slide guitar licks and Jim McCullough laid down some tasty rhythm guitar. The song was featured on NHB’s “One Night Stand” CD release in 2014.

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Fast forward to 2022 and the awesome talent that is Jim Pitulski was coerced into creating a cool lyric video for the song as The Nied’s Hotel Band continues on its’ mission to spread good music and good vibes throughout the known universe.

About The Nied’s Hotel Band

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The Nied’s Hotel Band, voted Pittsburgh’s “Best Bar Band” in the 2016 Pittsburgh Magazine Readers Poll, is a powerhouse recording and performing rock-n-roll and R&B group from Pittsburgh, PA. (USA). NHB delivers the hardworking, blue collar, muscle that has made Pittsburgh a legendary rock-n-roll city. A recent review by The Pittsburgh City paper proclaimed, “The Nied’s Hotel Band could be called The E-Street Band of Pittsburgh.” In addition, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has proclaimed July 17th as “Nied’s Hotel Band Day” in honor of the bands impact on the local music scene and their unwavering support of charitable causes.

The band includes some of the best-known and respected players in the region, including singer John Vento (who is, perhaps, the hardest-working front man around), guitarists Tim Hadley and Jim McCullough, plus keyboardist Fred Delu and sax man Ed Jonnet, who last joined forces as members of Pittsburgh’s most beloved rock/soul band – The Rhythm Kings. Newest members Eugene Perry (bass) and Greg McIltrot (drummer/vocalist) complete the stellar lineup. For more information on Nied’s Hotel Band, please visit their website.

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Chief Keef Electrifies Summer Smash with “Faneto” Performance After Decade-Long Chicago Ban, Watch the Epic Moment!

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Chief Keef Electrifies Summer Smash with “Faneto” Performance After Decade-Long Chicago Ban, Watch the Epic Moment!

The Summer Smash festival was the highlight of the weekend, rocking Bridgeview, Illinois, just a stone’s throw from Chicago. This event marked a monumental occasion for Chief Keef, the influential hip-hop artist who had been banned from performing in his hometown for nearly a decade due to the chaos his shows incited. The prohibition was so stringent that even a hologram performance was denied, forcing it to relocate to Indiana without success, as noted by Stereogum.

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For Chief Keef, this homecoming performance was a significant milestone. The last time he performed in front of his Chicago fans was on August 3, 2012, and he had never had the chance to deliver his massive hit “Faneto” live in his hometown—until now.

Lil Yachty captured the electrifying moment at Summer Smash, sharing a video retweeted by the NFR Podcast. The footage shows a sea of fans erupting with energy, rapping along to the chorus with unbridled enthusiasm. The sheer joy radiating from both the crowd and Chief Keef himself is palpable, marking another major achievement for the artist in 2024.

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This year has been a standout for Chief Keef, who has been reconnecting with his dedicated fan base. He finally released “Almighty So 2,” over a decade after the original. Additionally, he and Mike WiLL Made-It dropped their mixtape “DIRTY NACHOS” in March. Keef has also been featured on several hot tracks, collaborating with artists like Sexyy Red and Lyrical Lemonade.

What do you think about Chief Keef’s triumphant return to Chicago with “Faneto”? Is it his best stadium anthem, or do you rank other tracks higher in his discography? Are you still vibing to “Almighty So 2”? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and stay tuned to Honk Magazine for all the latest Chief Keef updates and music news.

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BIA Claps Back at Haters After Electrifying Summer Smash Performance

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BIA Claps Back at Haters After Electrifying Summer Smash Performance

BIA is not holding back this year, making waves with a powerful performance at the Summer Smash festival on Saturday (June 15). Following her electrifying set, she sat down with Tallie Spencer for an exclusive interview, where she shared her candid thoughts on handling haters and criticism. This topic carries a new weight for the Massachusetts MC, especially in the wake of her public feud with Cardi B. However, BIA’s response was all about maintaining a positive outlook and not wasting energy on negativity.

“When I came out, I said ‘Fk that bh,’” BIA declared unapologetically. “That’s my message to my haters: Fk that bh. I don’t dwell on my haters because I’m so positive and having such a great time with my life. I try not to let outer interferences mess up my mood because I’m so grateful to be here. We’re having fun, like, who gets to do this for fun? We’re blessed, so I don’t let stuff like that bother my frequency.”

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BIA’s gratitude is evident as she continues to achieve new milestones in her career. Recently, she dropped a hot new track, “LIGHTS OUT,” featuring JID for the Bad Boys: Ride Or Die soundtrack. This collaboration showcases her talent and versatility, solidifying her place in the industry. After a successful 2023, BIA is poised to make 2024 even bigger and better.

Fans are also buzzing with anticipation for a potential new collaboration with Nicki Minaj, teased back in August last year. While there’s no confirmation yet, the possibility of another banger from these two artists is exciting. Regardless of what’s next, one thing is certain: BIA’s work ethic and passion will continue to shine through in everything she does. The “Whole Lotta Money” star is too thankful for her success to give anything less than her best.

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