Westbound Train has been bringing their sweet sounding dance music to the masses since 2001. Their 2002 release,Searching for A Melody, has been described as soulful, flowing, and well rooted, with melodic and yearning lyrics combined with a beat that you can't help but move to. Though the winter of 2003 brought about a change in their lineup, Westbound Train has grown stronger with a dedication to their passion and an unfailing persistence.
Westbound Train since have played on Warped Tour, Victoria Ska Festival, won a Boston Music Award and have joined the Toasters on Ska Brawl Tours all over Europe.
In 2004 Westbound Train's song "Room to Breathe" was added on the Give em the Boot Vol#4 compilation. They now have a brand new album out called 5 to 2 that is getting raving reviews from people all over the world.
Jesse Hayes, Cory Williams, Thad Merritt, Obi Fernandez, Rich Graiko, Gideon Blumenthal, and Dave Holden bring together the feeling and emotion of old school RnB and Soul with a flavorful, new school flare. You can hear the ghosts of Curtis Mayfield, Jim Croce, and Marvin Gaye in every lyric that Obi writes and story that he tells. These influences and others, such as Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan, are referenced so effortlessly and fluidly that they leave the listener with the sort of satisfaction money just can't buy. Combine this with the truly authentic sound of their rhythm section and a horn section rivaled by few, and you have the recipe for a party you won't forget.