Houston is host to quite the handful of great bands, in my humble opinion. Dimitri’s Rail, who hit the alternative rock scene in 2001, is no exception, and, as far as I am concerned, is the hardest working band I have had the pleasure to work with. The band has become one of the best original live rock bands in Texas.
The vocalist for the band, Paul Ehmer, knows what he wants and he goes after it. He doesn’t wait for someone else to do it for him. Bands could take quite the lesson from watching this man work. He gets to know everyone he can in this industry and gets involved in anything he can to help get the Dimitri’s Rail name out there. And it works! I first met Paul at an event over a year ago where a band I was working with was playing a venue here in Houston. They opened up for Dimitri’s Rail. At this point, I didn’t know much of Dimitri’s Rail but had heard enough that I was pretty stoked about hearing them play live. Immediately after the show, someone brought me a shot of jager and said it was from Paul and that he wanted to meet with me. Like I said, he puts himself out there and gets to know everyone he can in this business.
Dimitri’s Rail went national in February of this year with Clear Channel played in rotation on KMOD/Tulsa, KNCN/Corpus Christi, WHEB/Portsmouth, WRQK/Canton, WTKX/Pensacola, WXEG/Dayton and WXTB/Tampa.
The band also worked with Mike and Hank Cortez of Music Media Productions in putting together the first annual Bayou Fest Houston this year, along with the Layla Grace Foundation. They opened as direct support for Rev Theory and Saliva. Information on the event can be found at www.bayoufesthouston.com.
As a result of doing the festival, Dimitri’s Rail has acquired rotation on 103.9 in Bryan / College station and will be doing shows with the station. A couple of the bands on the bill being worked on are Puddle of Mudd and Seether. Dimitri’s Rail will also be doing other shows with the station on a regular basis.
In 2003 Dimitri’s Rail released their debut album, “Seasons of the Weak” which was recorded at Houston’s own renowned SugarHill Studios. The album was produced by the band in conjunction with talented engineer Steve Christensen, who has worked with national multi-platinum artists such as Destiny’s Child and Clay Walker.
The band is currently working on their second full length album with all the songs tracked and just finishing up some final touches on the vocals. The band is working with producer Daryl Youngblood. Stay tuned for a release date!
Dimitri’s Rail is receiving a lot of major label interest so I do not think it will be long and everyone will be talking about this kick ass band from Texas!
If you are in the Houston area, the band will be playing a show with the Sick Puppies at Warehouse Live, Saturday June 4th !
Paul Ehmer – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Sean Harrold – Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar
Mike Maloney – Drums, Percussion
Eric Dockery – Bass
Check out the band and the music out at the following locations!