Members Of Greensky Bluegrass Aid Todd-Less Railroad Earth In Aspen


Over the past two nights Railroad Earth played the Belly Up in Aspen, Colorado without frontman Todd Sheaffer. Todd is recovering from an illness, but the band decided to proceed with the shows in his absence. Last night RRE recruited Anders Beck and Paul Hoffman of Greensky Bluegrass to sit-in on portions of both sets as part of a cover-heavy performance.

After opening Monday night’s performance with “Magic Foot” > “Luxury Liner,” the members of Railroad Earth sans Sheaffer delivered the RRE debut of Bob Dylan’s “Only A Hobo.” Next up was the first performance of bassist Andrew Altman’s “All Around The World.” Later in the set, Hoffman and Beck emerged for takes on “Reuben’s Train,” “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You,” “1759” and “Walk Beside Me.” “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” by Bob Dylan was a cover debut.

Early in the second set the group presented a debut cover of Ray LaMontagne’s “Devil’s In The Jukebox.” Anders and Paul then returned to aid on debut covers of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City,” Bill Monroe’s “Whitehouse Blues,” the traditional “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” as well as Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved.” Hoffman and Beck returned for the “Long Way To Go” finale.

Here’s hoping for a quick recovery for Todd. The next scheduled Railroad Earth performance is set for tomorrow night in Billings, Montana.

Setlist (via Hobo Companion)

Set One: Magic Foot -> Luxury Liner, Only A Hobo (B), All Around The World (C), Pack A Day, Reuben’s Train (A), Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (A) (B), 1759 (A), Walk Beside Me (A)

Set Two: Shockenaw Mountain Breakdown, Devil’s In The Jukebox (D), Atlantic City (A) (E), Whitehouse Blues (A) (F), Will The Circle Be Unbroken (A) (G), Could You Be Loved (A) (H), Farewell To Isinglass, Crossing The Gap, Cuckoo Medley, Long Way To Go (A)

  • (Performance without the talents of Todd Sheaffer)
  • (A) with Paul Hoffman on mandolin and vocals
  • and Anders Beck on electric Dobro
  • (B) First time played, written by Bob Dylan
  • (C) First time played, written by Andrew Altman
  • (D) First time played, written by Ray LaMontagne
  • (E) First time played, written by Bruce Springsteen
  • (F) First time played, written by Bill Monroe
  • (G) First time played, written by Ada R. Habershon and Charles H. Gabriel
  • (H) First time played, written by Bob Marley