Railroad Earth & Greensky Bluegrass Team Up For Encore In Hampton Beach

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It was jamgrass heaven at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire on Wednesday, where Railroad Earth kicked off a three-show run with Greensky Bluegrass. Railroad Earth was supposed to play the shows with moe., but moe. pulled out so bassist Rob Derhak could undergo treatment for cancer. Greensky Bluegrass stepped up to fill moe.’s role for three shows. Wednesday’s concert featured a collaborative encore featuring most members of both bands.

GSBG opened the action on Wednesday with a 10-song set. The five-piece began the set with “Hold On” and included such fan favorites as “Dustbowl Overtures,” “All Four” and “In Control.” Greensky also worked in the fitting “Casual Wednesday” and a cover of “When Doves Cry” by Prince.

Railroad Earth took the stage after Greensky and thankfully Andy Goessling performed with the group. Goessling has missed a number of shows to deal with health issues. RRE’s set focused on classic material including “Bird In A House,” “Bread & Water,” “Potter’s Field” and “Warhead Boogie.” The band did close with the more recent “Adding My Voice.” Keyboardist Matt Slocum was on hand for the entire set and encore.

For the encore, RRE was joined by Greensky’s Paul Hoffman, Dave Bruzza, Anders Beck and Mike Bont. The ensemble first worked through a cover of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved.” Railroad Earth then led the crew through their own “Long Way To Go” with Bruzza sharing lead vocals with Todd Sheaffer.

Watch a few clips from the encore:

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Setlists

Greensky Bluegrass (via Camp Greensky)

Set: Hold On, Train Junkie, Dustbowl Overtures, Demons, Wings For Wheels, All Four, In Control, Casual Wednesday, Jaywalking, When Doves Cry

Railroad Earth (via The Hobo Companion)

Set: Bird In A House, Lordy Lordy, Bread & Water, The Hunting Song, Potter’s Field > Lone Croft Farewell, Grandfather Mountain, A Day On The Sand > The Forecast > Warhead Boogie, Addin’ My Voice

Encore: Could You Be Loved*, Long Way To Go*

* – with Paul Hoffman on mandolin and lead vocals on “Could You Be Loved;” Dave Bruzza on acoustic guitar and shared lead vocals on “Long Way To Go;” Anders Beck on Dobro and Mike Bont on banjo and vocal harmonies.