Railroad Earth Performs Jeff Austin Cover In Portland

By Nate Todd Nov 27, 2019 12:18 pm PST

Railroad Earth hit the State Theatre in Portland, Maine this past Saturday. RRE paid tribute to the late great Jeff Austin with his “What The Night Brings” to close out the evening.

Railroad kicked off the show — which once again saw the band with multi-instrumentalist Mike Robinson on guitar, banjo, and pedal steel throughout — with “The Forecast” into “Chasin’ A Rainbow.” The first frame came to a close with “Give That Boy A Hand.”

RRE got the second set underway with “Black Elk Speaks” into “Birds Of America.” The set also contained new single “The Great Divide,” and, after “Farewell to Isinglass” segued into “Seven Story Mountain,” closed out with “Head.”

Railroad Earth reemerged for the encore to play “What The Night Brings.” The song is the opening salvo on Austin’s 2015 solo album The Simple Truth. The band debuted the song at a tribute show to Austin in Colorado earlier this month also called What The Night Brings. But Saturday’s performance marked the first time RRE played the song at a headlining show (they did perform it at a taping for eTown in Boulder the day after the tribute concert).

Listen to the entire show taped by SmokinJoe below:

Setlist via RRE Facebook:

Set One: The Forecast > Chasin’ A Rainbow, Drag Him Down, When The Sun Gets In Your Blood, Chains, Mourning Flies, 12 Wolves, Give That Boy A Hand

Set Two: Black Elk Speaks > Birds of America, The Great Divide, Happy Song, Addin’ My Voice, Farewell to Isinglass > Seven Story Mountain, Head

Encore: What The Night Brings

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

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