Cass McCombs - The Great Pixley Train Robbery

Song of the Day
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Today's song, featured on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is "The Great Pixley Train Robbery" by Cass McCombs, from the 2019 album Tip of the Sphere on ANTI-.
WRITTEN BY JASMINE ALBERTSON
PHOTO BY Silvia Grav

Last month, the usually-prolific Cass McCombs released his first solo album in three years, Tip of the Sphere.Our Song of the Day is the early single “The Great Pixley Train Robbery” – an exercise in songwriting as McCombs details a real-life train robbery that occurred in the 1800s.

Inspired by a California newspaper clipping from that time, the robbery consisted of three men who killed multiple people, including the train engineer and an unsuspecting passenger, before making out with everything they could lay their hands on and escaping.

Tip of the Sphere follows 2016’s Mangy Love. McCombs will play Chop Suey next Tuesday, March 26. Watch the video for “The Great Pixley Train Robbery, comprised of vintage clips of trains, robbers, and cowboys, below.

 

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