This Independence Day weekend, I call upon you all, to celebrate. In recognition of all things we hold dear, take time to cherish. Cherish your loved ones, cherish yourself. This Independence Day, recognize that on whatever whim we may exist, we are here with each other and without that, well, things would be much less interesting. Celebrate your freedom to express yourself through whatever means possible. If only a moment in a hectic day, make that moment yours.
What a magical weekend it was indeed at the Dark Star Jubilee. Each year is just as good as the last if not better. I had the honor of attending this festival for the fourth year in a row out at Legend Valley, Ohio over Memorial Day weekend. There are so many positive things to be said about this festival. It is a world of its own filled with beautiful music, positive people, smiles in every direction, and of course Grateful Dead Tunes.
Railroad Earth has announced a return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre Friday 9/18, with special guest Snarky Puppy. The show will be followed by a play at the Boulder Theatre 9/19. Tickets to the Boulder Theatre show will only be available as a two-day pass that includes the Red Rocks show.
This past week, singer, songwriter and multi-faceted bass wizard Andrew Altman of Railroad Earth sat down with the Grateful Web to discuss the debut of his self-titled solo album, produced by JRAD’s Tom Hamilton. The animated conversation also veered into discussion about some of the similarities and differences between upright and electric bass, Railroad Earth’s electrifying performance at Red Rocks this past summer, and Altman’s major musical influences including Phil Lesh and Mike Gordon among many others.
Railroad Earth bassist Andrew Altman spent some time in the studio with Tom Hamilton (American Babies, JRAD, Phil Lesh) last year and the resulting five song EP is now available in most online outlets. Andrew has contributed a couple songs to the RRE catalog in the past but this is his first collection of all original material with Tom Hamilton handling production duties and performing on the record as well.
Railroad Earth returned after two years to The Pageant on January 17th to open with The Forecast and Tim Carbone on violin. Following a large crowd welcome, the band started up into a soulful Long Walk Home that had us swaying. The band got rolling with an upbeat Lordy, Lordy and got us to jump and stomp to Gold Rush. RV made everyone dream of taking a road trip due to the weekend’s warm weather and also had Andrew Altman on the double bass.
Railroad Earth will be celebrating the release of their DVD, LIVE AT RED ROCKS , by hosting a special webcast of a portion of the film at the eTown Hall in Boulder, CO on Wednesday 1/21 at 7:00 PM MST.
Fans have two options to participate - Tickets go on sale today, Tuesday 1/13 at 11:00 AM MST, in limited quantities for the chance to view the film on a large screen, likely for the only time, at the eTown Hall. The live event includes a reception as well as a short acoustic set from the band.
Back on August 2nd of this year, Railroad Earth rolled up on Red Rocks amphitheater, just outside of Denver, for a return performance from a triumphant show in July of 2013. What transpired was nothing short of amazing- a transcendent evening of music with the band giving fans 3 hours worth of RRE classics that not only involved the group’s 6 members, but a horn section, to boot, (dubbed that very night as “the Mile High Horns”)!