Eddie Cochran wailed “Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do / But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues” in his 1958 hit song. Well, good ol’ Eddie just needed to hop aboard the Durango Blues Train because it’s the perfect cure for — and dose of — the summertime blues.
The annual event features two evenings of live blues music on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway. As the train chugs through the San Juan Mountains, alongside the Animas River and through the Animas Canyon, six vintage cars become live music concert venues featuring two bands and four solo or duo acts. Passengers can meander from car to car to enjoy the music and dance the night away.
We’re writing about this now because the June 3-4 weekend is already sold out! So you need to get cracking if you want to get aboard the August 12 and 13 Durango Blues Train. The August lineup isn’t set yet, but to give you an idea of the quality music you can expect, the June Blues Train features Ben Miller Band, Moreland & Arbuckle, Eagle Eye Williamson, Cary Morin, The Bones of J. R. Jones, and Brian Keith Wallen.
During the 3.5-hour trip, passengers can also grab some wine or beer from the bar while taking in the views — especially along the “Highline,” the renowned stretch of rail where the Durango train hugs cliff walls 400 feet above the Animas River.
For more information or to get your tickets, visit http://durangobluestrain.com/. And while you’re at it, book your room at the Quality Inn Durango and make a weekend getaway of it. Summer is the city’s busiest season, and the Durango Quality Inn books up quickly, so make your reservation today!