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Listen to “If You Will Be My Lady,” a new Railroad Earth single featuring words written by John Denver.
Billy Strings made the most of his day at the Bender Jamboree by performing a set with his band and sitting in with both Railroad Earth and The Infamous Stringdusters.
- Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival Confirms Initial 2019 Lineup: Railroad Earth, Del McCoury Band & More
The sixth annual Hillberry The Harvest Moon Festival will feature Railroad Earth, The Del McCoury Band, Billy Strings and more.
Railroad Earth closed out a two-night stand in Austin by reviving their take on Traffic’s “Glad” for the first time in four-plus years as part of Saturday’s show.
Railroad Earth confirmed an extensive spring tour that includes April and May legs.
Railroad Earth has enlisted Holly Bowling, Erik Yates and Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz for a trio of shows this weekend in Lake Tahoe and Berkley.
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Latest Railroad Earth Setlist
Railroad Earth at Meow Wolf
- Mighty River
- Bread and Water
- Bird in a House
- Only by the Light
- Saddle of the Sun
- Said What You Mean
- Potter's Field
- Lonecroft Ramble
- Bringin' My Baby Back Home
- Happy Song
- Farewell to Isinglass
- The Good Life
- Crossing the Gap
- Fisherman's Blues
- Spring-Heeled Jack
- 'Neath the Stars
- The Jupiter & the 119
- Lordy Lordy
- Chasin' a Rainbow
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!”
JamBase will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special show featuring The Camp Harry All-Stars, Big Light and Ron Artis II & The Truth at San Francisco’s The Chapel.
Young guitar prodigy Taz Niederauer was joined by P-Funk’s Eric McFadden and Dead & Co.’s Oteil Burbridge on Monday night.
The Flaming Lips will hit the road with The Claypool Lennon Delirium and Particle Kid for a 12-show summer tour.
Phish will soon release an official recording of their November 11, 1998 show at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan via LivePhish.
Episode 35 of ‘The JamBase Podcast’ features a double dose of “Tour Stories” segments after “The Rundown.” Zach Gill tells tales of a wild “BBQ” at an ALO show, meeting the president and jamming with Eddie Vedder, while Son Volt’s Jay Farrar recalls a pair of weird incidents during his time on the road.