Railroad Earth Debuts The Beatles Cover, Welcomes Mimi Naja & Premieres Original At Hangtown

Railroad Earth unveiled their rendition of a Beatles’ classic and teamed with Fruition‘s Mimi Naja for their headlining set on Saturday at this year’s Hangtown Music Festival. Then, on Sunday, the band closed out the event in Placerville, California with a set that included the debut of a new original.

The group was joined by Matt Slocum on keys and multi-instrumentalist Mike Robinson for both sets, as they have been for all recent performances. On Saturday, RRE kicked off their set with a run of “Just So You Know,” “Shockenaw Mountain Breakdown,” “Hunting Song” and “Bread & Water.” Next up was the band’s first ever performance of “I’m So Tired” from The Beatles’ White Album. Classics “Head” and “Hangtown Ball” followed before Naja emerged to add vocals on “Hard Livin’.” A sequence of “Any Road,” “Like A Buddha” and “Chasin’ A Rainbow” brought the set to a close. The band went on to encore with “Mighty River.”

Sunday’s Railroad Earth set was a career-spanning affair that included such favorites as “Lordy, Lordy,” “Elko” and “Long Walk Home.” The group followed a pairing of “Fisherman’s Blues” and “Captain Nowhere” with the debut of “The Great Divide” to end their third and final set of the weekend. Railroad Earth frontman Todd Sheaffer penned the new song.

Setlists (via RRE FB)

October 26

Set: Just So You Know, Shockenaw Mountain Breakdown, Hunting Song, Bread and Water, I’m So Tired*, Head, Hangtown Ball > Hard Livin’^, Any Road, Like A Buddha > Chasin’ A Rainbow

Encore: Mighty River

  • *First time played, written by John Lennon
  • ^with Mimi Naja on vocals

Notes: This show featured Matt Slocum on keys and Mike Robinson on pedal steel, guitar, and banjo

October 27

Set: Everything Comes Together, Happy Song, Lordy, Lordy, When The Sun Gets In Your Blood, Long Walk Home, Elko, Grandfather Mountain, Fisherman’s Blues > Captain Nowhere, The Great Divide*

*First time played, written by Todd Sheaffer, new song from Railroad Earth

Notes: This show featured Matt Slocum on keys and Mike Robinson on pedal steel, guitar, and banjo