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It's Not My Fault

by Lionel Lodge/The Lionel Train

Released 2004
Scoop Records
Released 2004
Scoop Records
"It's Not My Fault has to be of the best music received to date. It's sheer dynamism and its mix of roots/country/rock is undertaken in such a professional manner as to make one wonder where the hell Lionel has been all these years. Tony Bates Highlands 1
"It's Not My Fault has to be of the best music received to date. It's sheer dynamism and its mix of roots/country/rock is undertaken in such a professional manner as to make one wonder where the hell Lionel has been all these years. With elements of Springsteen and the writing equivalence of the likes of Dylan, It's Not My Fault deserves world wide attention. Not only is this a good album, it is also an album that MUST be heard."

Tony Bates
Highlands 100.7FM
Australia - 2006-10-10

"It's Not My Fault has stayed inside my CD player since the first moment I put it in, and I still haven't stopped listening to it since then! I love everything you've done there, there is no weak point indeed: the voice is warm, the sound of the Hammond is delightful but all the band plays very well and tight. But above all I love your songs, a stunning blend of country, rock, rhythm'n'blues and something else too. I seldom am so enthusiast because I have to listen to so much music, as you may understand, but be sure that this album will be a consistent part of my musical diet in the next days and I'll play it a lot in my radio show here.

I thank you again so much for letting me discover your fantastic music."

Massimo Ferro
Radio Voce Spazio

"Fantastic CD. Greats stuff for our Radio Station."

Alex Pijnen
BRTO Radio

“The Lionel Train may come rolling out of Vienna but it feels like the map reference ought to be somewhere between The Band’s Woodstock, New York, and the original Allmans’ Macon, Georgia. Old-time guitars, organ, light yet roogalating, everything in the right place.”

Phil Sutcliffe,
Q Magazine,
London, England

“Excellent songwriting, and a tight roots rock feel accompany the new CD from Lionel Train featuring Rens Newland. My favorite tunes are the rollicking “Day By Day”, the soulful heartfelt “Our Paths Have Crossed”, the light hearted “Bad Day”, and the bluesy ”Over Into Life”. The Lionel Train is Lionel Lodge on vocals and acoustic guitar and features some excellent keyboard and organ work from Valentin Oman. `It’s Not MY Fault´ is a great collection of ballads, blues, and good time rock and roll. Buy it!”

Dallas Dobro
KPIG Radio,
Freedom, California, USA

“On It’s Not My Fault the six piece band The Lionel Train delivers a delicious menu of soulful Country-Rock-songs which can be compared to some of the greatest blue-eyed soulsters I can think of: bands like Green On Red, big names like Dan Penn or the great Eddie Hinton. Not only do they stand in one line with this artist their style is characterized by Lionel Lodge’s songwriting which is filled with experience and close to life-wisdom that traveling and meeting people and cultures all over the world brings. No song is a highlight, it’s the album itself.”

Karl Fluch,
Der Standard,
Vienna, Austria

Over the last fifteen or more years, international troubadour Lionel Lodge has been practicing his tender take on rock and roll with The Corndogs in Canada, in various guises in Britain and now in The Lionel Train, based in Vienna.

With each move, his sound has improved and his song-writing skills – deft to begin with – have sharpened. New album, It’s Not My Fault, proves this beyond doubt. Not only are the songs finely crafted but the band that Lodge has gathered around him prove themselves more than capable of expounding the lovelorn themes of the songs; Lodge’s lyrical rasp of a voice is cocooned beautifully by the music, is given space to grow.

From the opening menace of Storm’s Building by way of the fragile acoustic beauty of You Came To Me This Morning to the joyous mission statement of Over Into Life, The Lionel Train, with their subtle blend of alternative country, stomping anthemic rock and jazzy rhythms, sound like nothing less than Springsteen jamming with The Grateful Dead, The Band and Django Reinhardt.

It’s an exciting and rewarding mixture that should capture both the ear and the heart.

Adam Horovitz
Arts editor, Stroud News and Journal
Editor, Glastonbury Festival Official Website

First was The Lionel Sessions, loose, weekly jam nights where some of Vienna’s finest musicians were invited to jump in on throw-around versions of Lionel’s original songs. These sessions were held in a few different Vienna clubs between September 2002 and May 2003. The Lionel Sessions became so popular that they kept having to relocate into larger clubs because of the over capacity
audiences. By the end of this time Lionel assembled a new group from the session players. A group who’s members were picked for the way they seemed to natually connect with Lionel’s song writing. The group is The Lionel Train.

The Lionel Train have recently finished their first studio recording together. The new CD, `It’s Not My Fault´ which is Lionel’s 8th CD was recorded with the full group in one and a half days in a recording studio in Vienna. It’s a natural and honest example of The Lionel Train’s music.

The Lionel Train will be performing in venues and festivals over the next year in support of the new CD.

Lionel Lodge was born in Scotland but raised in Ontario, Canada. In 1992 he moved to Europe and has since been exploring Europe, making the last 6 or his now 8 CDs with musicians from many parts of European countries and culture.

Press Quotes-

This genial maverick is a passionate singer who wears his heart on his sleeve and this is what fuels his music's brazen beauty. Uplifting and touching ... there is much to enjoy here ... streets ahead of most of the competition. Lionel Lodge deserves a place in your heart check him out
definitely one to watch.
Micheal Flynn,

He's writing wonderful songs, has a unbelieveable feeling for melodies and writes lyrics that Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen would of liked to of written...and a great voice that's still looking for an equal."
Tom Proll, XAct Music Magazine, Austria

"With words and music Lionel painted pictures so vivid you could reach out and touch the canvas."
Flicky Harrison, Swindon Evening News, England

"...great music and beautiful songs."
Raymond Swennen, ATL Radio, Belgium