RAILROAD EARTH | 09.13 | SAN FRANCISCO

"Railroad Earth has been compared to progressive bluegrass legends – like Bela Fleck’s old group New Grass Revival – but they take the genre a bit further, mixing their own twists on Celtic music...with a strong rock n’ roll underpinning." Philadelphia Weekly

Every once in a while a group of musicians come together and everything just clicks instantly. Railroad Earth is one of those bands. Combining bluegrass, rock, jazz, Celtic and more, these New Jersey natives have created a sound that is refreshingly original. As rock n’ roll as bluegrass gets without losing the bluegrass sound, Railroad Earth has taken the newgrass scene by storm with their insightful songwriting, soulful vocals and skilled musicianship.

Former RCA Recording Artist and From Good Homes front man Todd Sheaffer’s rootsy and instantly singable songs are reminiscent of the soaring improvisational spirits of Steve Earle, the Grateful Dead, Arlo Guthrie and The Eagles. Made up of some of the best players from other popular Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey bands, Railroad Earth had known each other and played the same circuit for several years before finally falling together. So it makes sense that it took less than a year for them to go from a loose, impromptu newgrass collective into a national touring band with a strong word of mouth following. Jam band enthusiasts have embraced their playful; engaging sound, and Railroad Earth’s reputation keeps growing by leaps and bounds with each performance. Now they are playing high-profile gigs like the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and MerleFest 2002 and endearing themselves to droves of loyal fans everywhere. In June, the band released their sophomore album on Sugarhill Records, Bird in a House, to rave reviews. Retaining the characteristics of a band doing it live, the new album succeeds in capturing the spirit of the band.

InMusicWeTrust.com put it best, “[Railroad Earth] take bluegrass by storm, much like artists like Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash did to country. Building upon the timeless sound and giving it their own spin, refreshing the genre and having a good time in the process.” Be sure to check out Railroad Earth when they pull into Broadway Studios on September 13th.

Allen Scott
JamBase | San Francisco
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