Americana Highways presents the video premiere of “A Hundred Miles” (traditional bluegrass) by Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches. The song features Betina Hershey on vocals, guitar and dancing; Nick Russo commanding the banjo and resonator with some dancing and foot stomping; Kenny Kosek on fiddle and Emiliano Valerio on foot stomping, hand claps, and dancing: the video also features Lisa Gary, the vocal coach, dancing.
This song is from Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches’ recent release Get Us Out Of Fearland (The Bol Records). The video was shot by videographer Sergio Carrasco, edited by Sara Pettinella with audio by Len Monachello.
“A Hundred Miles” is a traditional fiddle tune from the 1800’s. It is also called Reuben’s Train, Train 45, Nine Hundred Miles, Five Hundred Miles, and other various titles. Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches’ version is a fresh infectious arrangement, and the video places the band alternately at a train stop and on a local stage: “you can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles.”
When we decided to make this video, we thought about our kids’ toy trains, and knew we needed to bring them up from the basement and set them up for us to play with during the opening shot. We had so much fun playing with them, and laughing about it while the kids were in school. For actual trains, we drove around looking for stations and after driving around Queens and Brooklyn, we ended up a short distance from where we live. The LIRR station in Forest Hills, Queens is so quaint, and even if it isn’t the kind of train A Hundred Miles was originally written about, it’s the kind of train us city dwellers see the most. The end shot was on an old fashioned train line in Forest Park, also right in our neighborhood.
We chose A Hundred Miles because it’s a song we’ve sung with so many of the people we love who live far away. We did a fast, joyful rendition as a celebration of travel, and of reaching the people we love. — Banjo Nickaru