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After six years, most of Rebecca Rego's band mates started getting too busy with life - graduate school, making babies, etc. - to devote time to music. So after four records, including 2012's "Seconds", Rego was ready for a change. The 30-year-old Champaign, Ill., resident started to seek out other musicians and began working on filling out her solo performance with new songs.
Eventually she met drummer Matt Yeates (who also spends time drumming for indie-folk darlings Ivan & Alyosha and Twin Forks), bass and mandolin player Eric Fitts, who along with guitar and banjo player Cory Ponton now make up Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen. All three are lifelong friends who grew up in blue collar Kankakee County, Illinois.
After raising $2,700 via Kickstarter to help them get started, Rego left her full-time job as a bartender and hit the road with her new band. The first leg of the tour started last October and Rego and The Trainmen. have been going strong ever since with their beloved touring van named Russell.
In the summer of 2013 they embarked to Earth Analog Studios in Tolono, IL and recorded their debut record on beautiful analog tape, engineered by Matt Talbott (of Hum fame).
They have been lucky to share the stage with amazing musicians like Rodney Crowell, John Hiatt, Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons, Whitehorse, Sarah Jarosz, The Greencards, and many many more.
Their debut record 'Tolono' was released in Spring 2014.