Wednesday, August 18, 2010

NS has a song in its Heartland

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Norfolk Southern has marked the completion of its Heartland Corridor doublestack clearance/intermodal terminal PPP (public/private partnership) project with a special music video featuring NS’s in-house Country/Western band, the Norfolk Southern Lawmen.

louisvillenslb.jpgThe video, a first for the Lawmen, mixes footage taken during construction of the Heartland Corridor with a country line dance led by three singers, including NS Senior Customer Account Representative-Revenue Accounting Anita Brown. A “making-of” video shows behind-the-scenes footage. The Lawmen—E. T. Jackson (lead vocalist), Myron Smith, Mark Crawford, Freddie James—perform an original song, “Raise ’Em Up,” (referring to the doublestack clearance program) written by American Folk/Rock songwriter Briz.

The Lawmen recorded the tune in Atlanta at the famous Doppler Studios, where such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffett, and Aerosmith have created hit records. “When we saw the gold and platinum records on the walls with the number of copies they sold, we were in awe that we were recording a song in the same place as these artists,” said Lawmen Manager Stan West.

Founded many years ago by a group of railroad policemen who enjoyed “pickin’ and singin’,” the Norfolk Southern Lawmen today are described as “among the nation’s top corporate entertainers.” Employed by NS, they are full-time professional musicians who log some 200 performances a year. They have appeared on national television, at the Grand Ole Opry, the Smithsonian Institution, and at the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Foundation in Meridian, Miss., along with top Country Music stars Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker, Ricky Skaggs, Collin Raye, Billy Joe Royal, and T. Graham Brown.

Click HERE to view the “Raise ’Em Up” video.

Click HERE to view the “Making of Raise ’Em Up” video.

Click HERE to access the Norfolk Southern Lawmen website.