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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.
Watch Railroad Earth honor Gregg Allman with a debut cover of The Allman Brothers Band’s “Melissa” at the 2017 Summer Camp Music Festival.
Jamgrass act Railroad Earth recently added a batch of April dates to their current tour, which continued in Atlanta this past weekend with help from Roosevelt Collier.
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Latest Railroad Earth Setlist
Railroad Earth at Moon Dance Festival
- Chasin' a Rainbow
- Bread and Water
- The Good Life
- The Hunting Song
- Potter's Field
- Lone Croft Farewell
- Any Road
- Day on the Sand
- Cold Water
- 12 Wolves
- The Jupiter & the 119
- Mighty River
- Happy Song
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!”
‘Don’t Tell Me This Country Ain’t Got No Heart: A Benefit For Voter Participation’ will feature Phil Lesh & Very Special Friends.
Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham will release a collection of solo gems and will embark on an extensive North American Tour this fall.
Dead & Company will return to Mexico in January for the second annual installment of Playing In The Sand.
Chad Berndtson interviews Turkuaz vocalist Shira Elias about the band’s upcoming new album, touring, collaborating and more – including meeting Keith Richards.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke will embark on an extensive U.S. Tour this fall.