Latest Railroad Earth Articles
Railroad Earth once again welcomed fiddle ace Alex Hargreaves during their two-night Horn O’Plenty closer.
Virtuosic violinist Alex Hargreaves helped Railroad Earth kick off their Horn O’Plenty Thanksgiving run at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Railroad Earth honored Jeff Austin with his “What The Night Brings” during their show at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine.
Railroad Earth welcomed Greensky Bluegrass dobroist Anders Beck for three songs on Thursday night at the Ardmore Music Hall in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
Peter Rowan will join Railroad Earth for a tribute to Old & The In Way as part of an upcoming RRE concert at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.
JamBase contributor Sarah Hagerman shares her take on the all-star “What The Night Brings” tribute to Jeff Austin that took place on Monday night at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.
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Latest Railroad Earth Setlist
Railroad Earth at Sherman Theater
- The Great Divide
- Happy Song
- The Hunting Song
- Came Up Smilin'
- The Cuckoo>Lonecroft Farewell>All That's Dead May Live Again>Only By the Light
- Way of the Buffalo
- Stillwater Getaway
- Raven's Child>Seven Story Mountain
- For Love
- Captain Nowhere>Berkeley Flash>Mighty River>Like A Buddha*
- Railroad Earth
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!”
Celebrate Dickey Betts’ 76th birthday by watching the legendary guitarist in action with The Allman Brothers Band on January 16, 1982 in Gainesville, Florida.
The 2020 lineup for Pharrell Williams’ Something In The Water music festival includes Beck, Leon Bridges, Chance the Rapper, Clipse, Foo Fighters and more.
The latest installment of ‘The JamBase Podcast’ features Wilco guitarist Nels Cline.
The Grateful Dead’s rendition of “Help On The Way/Slipknot!/Franklin’s Tower” on June 14, 1991 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. is the latest installment of the band’s ‘All The Years Live’ video series.
Phish’s historic “all-night” set at their Big Cypress festival in the early hours of the year 2000 is profiled in the latest installment of Osiris’ ‘After Midnight’ podcast.