Latest Railroad Earth Articles
Railroad Earth paid tribute to the late Jeff Austin by performing one of his songs on Friday night at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Members of Gov’t Mule and Railroad Earth exchanged sit-ins during their sets Saturday at the Smoky Run Music Festival in Butler, Ohio.
Check out the lineup for the 2019 Hangtown Music Festival, which returns to Placerville, California October 24 – 27.
Railroad Earth will return to Asbury Lanes in their native New Jersey over Fourth Of July weekend.
Watch Greensky Bluegrass guitarist Dave Bruzza sit-in with Railroad Earth on Saturday night in Chicago.
Listen to “If You Will Be My Lady,” a new Railroad Earth single featuring words written by John Denver.
More Railroad Earth Articles
Latest Railroad Earth Setlist
Railroad Earth at Clear Fork Adventure Resort
- Black Elk Speaks
- Bird in a House
- Bread and Water
- Farewell to Isinglass
- All That's Dead May Live Again
- Where Songs Begin
- Fisherman's Blues
- Grandfather Mountain
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!”
The Disco Biscuits confirmed details of their New Year’s Run 2019 which will be the final concerts held at the PlayStation Theater in New York City.
The New Deal started rolling out Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 tour dates.
Phish issued a statement regarding the camping, parking and vending restrictions now in place at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park due to a plague outbreak.
Zero will return to the Bay Area for a performance in honor of the band’s 35th anniversary this fall.
The Del McCoury Band welcomed guitarist Billy Strings for a pair of songs on Friday at the Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival in Hamilton, Ohio.