Pulling at Our Heart Strings

Musicians in Mississippi

Rainel and Zully have been playing music together since they were eight years old. How many people can say that? In fact, they’ve had the same teacher, the same classroom and orchestra since they were kids. They even came from Cuba together to study on a full scholarship in the master’s program at the University of Southern Mississippi. Despite how far they’ve come, they’re still traveling–this time heading from Hattiesburg, Miss., to New Orleans by train to record their music for a motion picture sound track. That’s music to our ears!


Amtrak challenged Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind Humans of New York, to leave New York and capture #AmtrakStories from across the country. For 31 days, we’ll share one new portrait and story each day on our blog in celebration of the customers who ride America’s Railroad.