Coal Train Railroad is a collection of jazz songs created just for kids!  Written from a child’s perspective and covering such important topics as bellybuttons, juice, sharing, and snuggling, the songs are inspiring kids all over the world to dance, play, and use their voices to riff along with the musicians.  Produced by bassist Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Collective Soul) and featuring the charming, playful voice of Katy Bowser, Coal Train Railroad appeals to grownups, too.  You’ll keep listening even when the young ones aren’t around!


Chris Donohue is a Nashville-based session musician, producer and songwriter. A native New Yorker, Chris has recorded and performed internationally with a broad variety of artists including Emmylou Harris, Collective Soul, Dave Matthews, Elvis Costello, Ben Folds, Lyle Lovett, Allison Moorer, Robert Plant, Solomon Burke, Suzy Bogguss, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Gillian Welch, Sam Bush, Jim Lauderdale, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Lee Ann Womack, Vince Gill, T.S. Monk, Phil Keaggy, Holly Williams, Larry Carlton, Over the Rhine, Vigilantes of Love, Sixpence, Jars of Clay, Fleming and John, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, and many others. His passion for arts education led him to co-found East Nashville Center for Creative Arts in June of 2002. Chris’ love of jazz came to fruition during his years as a resident of New Orleans and has now found full expression in his role as producer and co-creator of Coal Train Railroad.

Katy Bowser is a singer/songwriter residing in Nashville, Tennessee. In high school, Katy was mentored by jazz trumpet player and educator, Anthony Aversano, and performed with a Washington, DC-area jazz combo. She’s had a bug for the music ever since. She graduated from Belmont University with a degree in Music Performance with a Commercial Voice emphasis. She has released three albums and performs and tours extensively in support of her albums. As a writer, co-creator and voice of Coal Train Railroad, Katy’s distinctive style is part of what sets Coal Train Railroad apart from other offerings in the children’s book/music market.

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