Railroad Earth Confirms Death Of Andy Goessling
“Friends we come with heavy hearts and the sad news that our brother Andy has passed. He was truly one of a kind – a brilliant musician, and a better person. It was a privilege to share this journey with him, and through his music he touched many lives,” begins a statement from Railroad Earth. “There’s simply too much to feel right now, words are hard to find, and we’ll have more to say in time.”
Andy Goessling first started playing music as an 11-year-old and within four years had become a full-time working musician. He was introduced to clarinet in grade school and received an antique zither from his mother, which in turn led to his interest in musical instrument history and career as a woodwind and string multi-instrumentalist. Acoustic guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo, penny whistle and recorder are just some of the instruments Gosseling played.
In 2001, Railroad Earth formed in New Jersey out of the ashes of From Good Homes. The original lineup featured Todd Sheaffer, John Skehan, Tim Carbone, Dave Von Dollen, Carey Harmon and Goessling. Railroad Earth issued their debut album The Black Bear Sessions in 2001 and quickly found an audience. The band toured relentlessly and became festival favorites, earning a legion of dedicated fans dubbed “Hobos.” RRE released seven additional studio recordings since including 2017’s Captain Nowhere.
On May 3, 2017 Railroad Earth announced Andy would undergo medical treatment that would keep him close to home. Goessling missed a number of shows since including the band’s most recent tour dates. Jeremy Lawton, Chris Pandolfi and Matt Slocum are among the musicians who have played with RRE since May of 2017 to cover Andy’s parts. Andy Goessling last performed with the band on August 26 in Norwalk, Connecticut. JamBase sends its love to Goessling’s friends and family and the entire Railroad Earth community.