Latest Railroad Earth Articles
Watch Nicki Bluhm, Paul Hoffman, Keith Moseley, Ross James and Scott Law performing a stunning rendition of “Morning Dew” in a church in Venice, Italy.
A tradition will continue this Thanksgiving Weekend when Railroad Earth hosts another Horn O’ Plenty.
Watch Friday’s 30-minute Railroad Earth and Greensky Bluegrass encore featuring both bands as well as former RRE bassist Johnny Grubb.
Last night’s Railroad Earth and Greensky Bluegrass co-bill featured both bands onstage for a three song encore.
Watch Railroad Earth and most of Greensky Bluegrass join forces for a kickass encore in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire on Wednesday night.
Watch Railroad Earth performing “Adding My Voice” at the Yakima Pop-Up Stage at the 2017 4 Peaks Music Festival in Bend, Oregon.
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Latest Railroad Earth Setlist
Railroad Earth at Madrid Theatre
- Dandelion Wine
- Only by the Light
- Mighty River
- Raven's Child
- The Hunting Song
- Butterfly & The Tree
- Been Down This Road
- Blazin' a Trail
- Captain Nowhere
- 12 Wolves
- For Love
- Like A Buddha
- Chasin' a Rainbow
- Bird in a House
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!”