Railroad Earth: New Album, New Bassist, New Songs
After celebrating the end of their first decade together with a massive fan release, Railroad Earth Retrospective: 2001-2009, the tightly-woven unit of Railroad Earth is embarking on a new chapter in their musical journey. The rootsy Americana ensemble will hit the stage again on their first tour of 2010 with a new bass player, a new record deal (One Haven Music), and a new album in the can (to be released late Summer 2010) for what is expected to be a great year for the revitalized Railroad Earth. With Spring tour dates mostly focused on the Eastern Seaboard, fans can expect an newly energized live show with surprises around every bend.
After coming off a highly successful 2009, Railroad Earth is preparing for another year of sold-out theaters and large club performances. The band has built up some incredible steam over the past few years with highly notable performances on some of the most prestigious stages in the country, including; the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rothbury, 10,000 Lakes Festival and many more.
Collectively, Railroad Earth wields an impressive arsenal of sounds, with each player bringing a variety of instruments and tones to the collective. The unique howl of an edgy rock-inflected violin, a fat-toned acoustic guitar with sounds bordering on a classic Gibson motif, wild fanning mandolin chording that has an almost piano-like attack, rolling or clawing banjo and dobro, and a slamming rhythm section driven by precise, rock-hard drumming and an aggressively, pumping upright bass. All of this delivered with surprisingly unique vocals, powerful harmonies and world-class songwriting.
To be more precise, Railroad Earth features songwriter/singer, Todd Sheaffer (Lead vocals, acoustic guitars), Tim Carbone (Violin, electric guitar, vocals), John Skehan (Mandolin, vocals), Andy Goessling (Acoustic guitars, banjo, dobro, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, saxophones and vocals), Carey Harmon (Drums, hand percussion, vocals) and newcomer Andrew Altman (Upright bass), formerly of the Southeast band, The Codetalkers.
Railroad Earth’s unique sound is one that may be hard to categorize, but is also damn hard to shake! Each live performance is like a journey into the beating heart of American life, its heartaches and its triumphs. A true musical celebration, this is one tour that is not to be missed.
Railroad Earth Tour Dates:
3/26/2010 Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
3/27/2010 Spartan - Rutland, VT
4/9/2010 Mexicali Live - Teaneck, NJ
4/10/2010 Mexicali Live - Teaneck, NJ
4/23/2010 The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
4/24/2010 Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
4/26/2010 Workplay Theatre - Birmingham, AL
4/27/2010 The Engine Room - Tallahassee, FL
4/29/2010 Tipitina's French Quarter - New Orleans, LA
5/13/2010 Port City Music Hall - Portland, MA
5/14/2010 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel - Providence, RH
5/15/2010 Bromberg's Big Noise - Wilmington, DE
5/21/2010 Brown's Island - Richmond, VI
5/22/2010 Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
5/23/2010 Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, NC
5/27/2010 Allegany County Fairgrounds - Cumberland Center, MA
5/30/2010 Three Sister's - Chillicothe, IL