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The local debut of US Rails and more.

US Rails
Live at The Note, West Chester, April 9; and Kennett Flash, Kennett Square, April 10

Mark your calendars for the local debut of US Rails, a collective of Philly-affiliated, globe-trotting musicians. With their soulful harmonies, inspired playing and memorable lyrics, this unique quintet aims to connect with a diverse audience. As for names you might recognize, US Rails includes well-heeled local music vets Ben Arnold, Tom Gillam (now out of Austin, Texas) and Scott Bricklin (who’s living in Paris). Visit, and

Ryan Tennis
Ryan Tennis (Forge Recording)
Born and bred in Philadelphia, this former college All-American traded his football gear for a guitar and life on the road, both solo and with his band, One-Way Ticket. Tennis has drawn comparisons to Paul Simon, Dave Matthews and Amos Lee, but he puts his own twist on things, juxtaposing feel-good melodies with heartfelt lyrics. This five-song EP is a nice introduction, or you can catch him at Puck in Doylestown on April 3. Visit and

Peabody & Stearns:
Country Houses and Seaside Cottages

By Annie Robinson
(W.W. Norton & Co., 320 pages)

The Main Line wouldn’t be half as intriguing without its fabled mansions, as this gorgeous coffee-table book reminds us. Among the local properties celebrated: Bryn Mawr’s Westview and Wooten, the latter now a part of St. Aloysius Academy’s campus; Ashwood in Villanova; Laurento in Radnor; and Penshurst in Narberth. There’s much more, so buy the book. It’s well worth the $65 price tag.

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