Railroad Earth Concludes 2017 Hangtown Music Festival With Tom Petty Tribute


The 2017 installment of Hangtown Music Festival came to a close on Sunday at El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Many acts performed over the course of the weekend including three sets from host band Railroad Earth. Sunday’s RRE show concluded with a beautiful tribute to the late Tom Petty.

Hangtown ’17 began with a truncated schedule on Thursday that included sets from RRE, Achilles Wheel and Fruition. Andy Goessling from Railroad Earth wound up sitting in with Fruition on Thursday night. Friday featured an eclectic mix of acts including Dark Star Orchestra recreating the Grateful Dead’s famed October 29, 1977 concert, as well as sets from MarchForth, The Contribution, Monophonics and more. Fruition’s second set of the event ended with a cover of Tom Petty’s “American Girl.”

Greensky Bluegrass focused on eerie songs for their two sets on Saturday including “Bring Out Your Dead,” “Demons” and “I’d Probably Kill You.” Turkuaz delivered the funk, while RRE ended the El Dorado Stage action with a debut cover of “Malagueña,” the fitting “Hangtown Ball” and plenty of classics. On Sunday, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real showed of plenty of new material, Leftover Salmon played festival favorites and Railroad Earth closed out the Main Stage with a 10-song set that featured the beloved “Head,” a “Farewell To Isinglass” > “Grandfather Mountain” > “Raven’s Child” sequence and an encore of Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers.” RRE had previously played the title track from Tom Petty’s 1994 solo effort just once, on October 14 at Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival.

Stream audio of Railroad Earth’s debut of “Wildflowers” taped by Scott T.:


Thursday, October 26

Set: Chasin’ a Rainbow, Magic Foot –> Luxury Liner, Bird in a House, Black Elk Speaks, Mighty River, The Good Life, Old Dangerfield, Mourning Flies, 12 Wolves, Crossing the Gap, Bread and Water, Birds of America, Warhead Boogie –> Moonshiner

Encore: Daddy-O

Saturday, October 28

Set: Malagueña (A), Drag Him Down, Storms, Cold Water, Only by the Light, Addin’ My Voice -> 1759, Goat, Hangtown Ball -> El Cumbanchero -> Walk Beside Me -> Captain Nowhere, Spring-Heeled Jack

(A) First time played, written by Ernesto Lecuona

Sunday, October 29

Set: Just So You Know, Happy Song, Farewell to Isinglass –> Grandfather Mountain –> Raven’s Child, Colorado, Where Songs Begin –> Fisherman’s Blues, The Jupiter and the 119, Head

Encore: Wildflowers