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A Railroad Earth tradition will continue in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania this Thanksgiving Weekend.
Railroad Earth welcomed members of Fruition and others during their concert at Red Rocks in Colorado this weekend.
Jamgrass.TV shared pro-shot video of Railroad Earth’s “Captain Nowhere” from Friday at the 17th annual Northwest String Summit.
Full show audio of Railroad Earth’s show Saturday in Asbury Park, New Jersey featuring Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins is available.
Railroad Earth welcomed keyboardist Matt Slocum (The Magpie Salute) and once again teamed up with Shannon McNally for a debut cover last night in Birmingham.
Shannon McNally joined Railroad Earth last night in New Orleans for cover debuts of songs written by The Band and Rodney Crowell.
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Latest Railroad Earth Setlist
Railroad Earth at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
- Love Song for Earth
- Mighty River
- Grandfather Mountain
- Cold Water
- Old Man and the Land
- Only by the Light
- Dandelion Wine
- Potter's Field / Lone Croft Farewell
- Like a Buddha
- Lovin' You
- Mountain Annie
- (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
About Railroad Earth
Railroad Earth’s music is driven by the remarkable songs of front-man, Todd Sheaffer, and is delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band members. As mandolin/bouzouki player John Skehan points out, “Our M. O. has always been that we can improvise all day long, but we only do it in service to the song. There are a lot of songs that, when we play them live, we adhere to the arrangement from the record. And other songs, in the nature and the spirit of the song, everyone knows we can kind of take flight on them.” Sheaffer continues: “The songs are our focus, our focal point; it all starts right there. Anything else just comments on the songs and gives them color. Some songs are more open than others. They ‘want’ to be approached that way – where we can explore and trade musical ideas and open them up to different territories. But sometimes it is what the song is about.”
So: they can jam with the best of them and they have some bluegrass influences, but they use drums and amplifiers (somewhat taboo in the bluegrass world). What kind of music is it then? Mandolin/vocalist John Skehan offers this semi-descriptive term: “I always describe it as a string band, but an amplified string band with drums.” Tim Carbone takes a swing: “We’re a Country & Eastern band! ” Todd Sheaffer offers “A souped-up string band? I don’t know. I’m not good at this.” Or, as a great drummer/singer/mandolin player with an appreciation for Americana once said: “Rock & roll!”
Kelley Lauginiger interviews Rob Compa and Eli Winderman of the currently-on-hiatus Dopapod.
All reportedly went well with Dickey Betts’ brain surgery on Friday.
Georgia’s own Widespread Panic will celebrate the end of 2018 and ring in 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
The latest episode of ‘The JamBase Podcast’ starts with “The Rundown” and continues with “Reelin’ In The Years” featuring Vince Herman and Nicki Bluhm providing “Tour Stories.”
Jam titans The String Cheese Incident will begin a celebration of their 25th anniversary with a home state New Year’s Run.