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Troubadour takes the stage -- on a train

In this week's Carolina Moment, photojournalist Matt Raisch introduces us to Keil Nathan Smith, a down home troubadour who is chasing his dream. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Every year, when fall rolls around, people flock to Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for a once in a lifetime experience -- to ride a 1940s steam train.

But, if you ever get the chance to ride the train, you'll also find a hidden story. In this week's Carolina Moment, photojournalist Matt Raisch introduces us to Keil Nathan Smith, a down home troubadour who is chasing his dream.

"We're vintage enthusiasts," one passenger said before boarding the train. "So, yeah, we really enjoy dressing up and really committing."

"And we love the 1940s, and, since this is a specifically a 1940s steam train, we're pretty excited about that," another added.

"I remember when I was in the Korean War, the only way we could travel around the country was on trains," one man said. "So, that was my first train ride."

"I owe the train a lot -- to my improvement in my vocals, my playing, everything. I owe it all to really them. For just giving me the opportunity to sing and play and entertain," Smith said.

"Iv'e watched him come through the years, grow as a musician, as a songwriter," bass player Randy Mason said of Smith. "You know from the time he was, I think, 16, he'd already written a whole contemporary Christian album. Not just a couple of songs, but a whole album, recording it, doing videos.

"This boy has been, you know, chasing this dream for a long time and just progressing each year as he done it. It's amazing to watch him become the artist and songwriter he has.

Smith's song "Sinners and Saints" is about the love he has for his wife.

"It's a good song and tells a good story," he said. "I'm just excited to get it out there and see how people take to it."

"Sinners and Saints" is available on iTunes, Spotify, and anywhere digital music is sold. To see more of Keil Nathan Smith, visit his Facebook page for upcoming tour dates.

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