GREENSKY BLUEGRASS TEAMS WITH RAILROAD EARTH'S TODD SHEAFFER FOR TOUR
Perennial bluegrass favorite Greensky Bluegrass has joined forces with Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth for an inspiring one-week tour in December.
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Greensky Bluegrass is one of the most exciting bands in today's music scene. Since winning the 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, Greensky has been touring the country consistently, averaging over 170 shows a year and playing to many sold out audiences along the way. In a very short time the band has performed with the likes of Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Railroad Earth, and have performed at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rothbury and more. Add in the talents of Todd Sheaffer from Railroad Earth and you have one of the most well-rounded set of performers onstage today. Known for his soulful vocal delivery and song-writing skills, Sheaffer brings much more than just another acoustic guitar to the stage.
On any given night, in addition to the myriad of original songs, one might hear traditional bluegrass songs with an exploratory rock and roll jam, or selections from the Talking Heads, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, or Bob Marley in the bluegrass form. "We are as likely to play a three minute song as we are a ten minute song on any given night," says dobro player Anders Beck, "and I think that keeps it exciting for the audience."
This is not the first collaboration between Greensky Bluegrass and Railroad Earth. Greensky is currently on tour in support of their recently released fourth album, Five Interstates, which was produced by Railroad's Tim Carbone. Their strongest album to date, the 12 track journey features 11 original songs and one traditional bluegrass song (a nod to the deceased King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin). Carbone notes on the package: "Five Interstates came together like five lives intertwined, the intersection of a lifetime frozen in precious time and preserved in a digital tableau. I'm blessed... we're all blessed to be witness to a band ascending as true as an arrow shot to the sky."
Greensky Bluegrass and Todd Sheaffer Tour Dates
12/01/09 Tue Beachland Ballroom/Tavern Cleveland, OH
12/02/09 Wed 123 Pleasant St. Morgantown, WV
12/03/09 Thu Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA
12/04/09 Fri The Field Bridgeport, CT
12/05/09 Sat Mexicali Live Teaneck, NJ
12/06/09 Sun Ram's Head Tavern Annapolis, MD (early show)
12/06/09 Sun Jammin' Java Vienna, VA
Complete Greensky Bluegrass tour dates available here.
Complete Railroad Earth tour dates available here.