Railroad Earth Debuts The Band & Rodney Crowell Covers With Shannon McNally In New Orleans

By Andy Kahn Apr 27, 2018 11:16 am PDT

The famed Tipitina’s Uptown in New Orleans hosted a concert by Railroad Earth last night. Thursday’s show began with an opening set by vocalist Shannon McNally, who later returned to join the headliners on debut cover performances of songs written by The Band and Rodney Crowell.

RRE started with a seven-song first set that began with “Walk Beside Me” > “The Hunting Song” and ended with “Grandfather Mountain.” The opening half also saw performances of “Bread And Water,” “Just So You Know,” “Only By The Light” and “Butterfly & The Tree.”

The pair of debut covers came at the end of the second set. Following a “The Berkeley Flash” > “Face With A Hole” > “Warhead Boogie” sequence, McNally came back out to sit-in on The Band’s classic “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” The guest singer stuck around for a subsequent debut cover of Crowell’s “Bluebird Wine.” RRE capped the night with a “Bird In A House” encore.


Watch “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” via RRE’s Tim Carbone below:


Setlist (via RRE FB)

Set One: Walk Beside Me –> The Hunting Song, Bread And Water, Just So You Know, Only By the Light, Butterfly And The Tree, Grandfather Mountain

Set Two: Happy Song, Saddle Of The Sun, Blazin’ A Trail, Addin’ My Voice, Potter’s Field –> Lone Croft Farewell, The Berkeley Flash –> Face With A Hole –> Warhead Boogie –> The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (A) (B), Bluebird Wine (B) (C)

Encore: Bird In A House


  • (A) First time played, written by Robbie Robertson
  • (B) Lead vocals by Shannon McNally
  • (C) First time played, written by Rodney Crowell
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