Pure Entertainment

Simply put, Ridin' the Rails exists to entertain. Through music and story-telling we are passing on the history of the railroad and the impacts it has had on our culture. Besides, we enjoy sharing our love of trains and all things railroad-related through another one of our passions–music.

Who Are We?

These guys love the railroad and love great old railroad songs. Wanna relive the glory days of train travel? “Ridin’ the Rails” has your ticket to an evening of fun and song!


Darrell Varley

Music Arranger, Bass-Baritone Singer, Banjo, Guitar, Uke, Fiddle & Mandolin

Graduate of Eastman School of Music in Rochester, radio air personality at WKBW Buffalo, WAKY Louisville, WSM Nashville among others. Darrell engages the audience to make them feel “part of the act” and is a expert on The Kingston Trio. Retired from his business as a voiceover artist, producer of commercial radio and television audio and jingles.


Doug Roberts

Vocals, Uke, and Guitar

Native of Kentucky, Doug, while watching The Beatles first performance on The Ed Sullivan began begging his parents for a guitar. One month later he was given a used Silvertone acoustic and began teaching himself to play. By the age of 14, Doug was the lead guitarist of a college rock band. Doug spent over 20 years in radio until opening The Roberts Communications Group, producing radio and television commercials.


Jim Hardaway

Vocals, Bass & Guitar

Jim is a mid-Tennessee native born in Murfreesboro - raised in Nashville. Graduate of Vanderbilt University, former Methodist minister, longtime history and Americana expert and country-folk music buff who now operates a historic tours business. Married in 1975 to Louise Williamson of Welch, Ok. Father to three children and grandfather of two. Lives with wife and youngest son in West Nashville.

Booking Info...

With great music, humorous banter, and sing along songs, a performance with Ridin’ The Rails is always a fun exciting performance that keeps audiences calling for more. For booking information, see the business card in the front pocket of this folder and have Ridin’ The Rails liven up your event…theater, excursion, train museum, rail fest, train meet, club or any social gathering.