Latest Railroad Earth Articles
Peter Rowan helped Railroad Earth debut one of his classics at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.
Guitarist Larry Keel and saxophonist Zach Gilbert joined Railroad Earth at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston.
Peter Rowan joined Railroad Earth for a complete performance of Old & In The Way’s 1975 self-titled debut album on Saturday at The Mission Ballroom in Denver.
Railroad Earth’s Old & In The Way tribute with Peter Rowan at The Mission Ballroom in Denver on Saturday will be featured in a free live stream.
Railroad Earth’s first of two nights at the Belly Up Aspen featured rare covers of Neil Young’s “Powderfinger” and “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones.
Railroad Earth ended both of their recent concerts at The Fillmore in San Francisco with Old & In The Way songs.
Latest Railroad Earth Setlist
Railroad Earth at Capitol Theatre
- Pig in a Pen
- Midnight Moonlight
- Old and in the Way
- Knockin' on Your Door
- The Hobo Song
- Panama Red
- Wild Horses
- Kissimee Kid
- White Dove
- Land of the Navajo
- Bird in a House
- It's So Good
- Lonesome L.A. Cowboy
- Happy Song
- Grandfather Mountain
- Potter's Field
- Captain Nowhere
- Bread and Water
- Like a Buddha
- Runnin' Wild
- Long Way to Go
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!”
Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard added dates to her 2020 tour in support of her debut solo album, ‘Jaime.’
Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will bring the Trey Anastasio Band on the road for a nine-show tour in late-May and early-June that includes a date with Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit.
The String Cheese Incident added a pair of multi-night runs to their 2020 summer tour.
Neil Young said “anything is possible” when it comes to a CSNY reunion and noted he doesn’t plan to tour in 2020.
The Wood Brothers added seven shows to their 2020 spring tour in support of ‘Kingdom In My Mind.’