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Keeping the Show on the Road With Railroad Earth

After 10 successful years on the road, Railroad Earth will mark their 10th anniversary with a special concert this May at the prestegious Wellmont Theater, in Montclair, NJ. The milestone will be one of many key performances throughout the Mid-West and Southern States, marking a turning point for the 6-piece rootsy Americana act who has shown remarkable growth in the last year.

Stillwater, NJ band, Railroad Earth, known in most circles as an Americana / improvisational band, brings the music world the rare blend of feel-good music filled with introspection and story-filled lyrics that shape not only the song, but the perspective of their devoted 'super-fan' listeners. Yet, this is not just another touring band to hit the scene with a large fan base that follows them from show to show. They are a group of deeply grounded musicians sharing a story that has been woven through a living counterculture since the 1960's --- when tuning in and dropping out was part of the daily norm.

Featuring an unusual cast of characters and instruments the Railroad Earth sound is made up of 6 parts, including: Todd Sheaffer (Lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars), Tim Carbone (Violin, electric guitar, vocals), John Skehan (Mandolin, bouzouki, vocals), Andy Goessling (Acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, dobro, lap steel, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, saxophones and vocals), Carey Harmon (Drums, hand percussion, vocals) and Andrew Altman (Upright and electric bass). The project features soaring arrangements, touching ballads and the kind of on the spot mid-song improvisation that leaves fans clamoring for more, and steady ticket sales growth in every market they visit!

For more information about Railroad Earth or tickets go to: www.railroadearth.com or check out their Electronic Press Kit

Up until the release of their October 2010 self-titled album (which gained great reviews in publications such as: Vanity Fair, Men's Health, Blurt, New York Time Out and, most recently, the esteemed music review blog, Daytrotter), Railroad Earth has nearly skirted the limelight - favoring the kind of success that connects them directly with their fans in a near instant communal experience. And in turn, the group has grown vastly over the years, primarily on rock solid national ticket sales and word-of-mouth grassroots marketing. And while Railroad Earth has made cameos on the pages of indie and mainstream journals as recently as last month, their dedication to the grit of American life and the road as traveling minstrels prevails.

Great American Taxi's Reckless Habits Winter Tour

“Fun! Look it up in the dictionary and Vince Herman’s name should appear somewhere in the definition,” wrote Elmore magazine in 2010. The fun continues for Vince Herman and Great American Taxi with a newly added leg of tour dates that kicks Great American Taxi into high gear in the New Year. To date, many of the most innovative and acclaimed players currently on the jamband/newgrass circuit have joined Taxi’s Reckless Habits Tour, which largely features the band’s signature style of country-, rock- and bluegrass-influenced Americana musical styles.

Taxi’s second and latest album, Reckless Habits, garnered impressive nods in 2010, appearing on several Best of 2010 lists. And the band’s energetic live shows have grabbed critical attention: “A few of my favorite shows from last year include any time Great American Taxi played Moe’s Alley,” said Beth Peerless at the Monterey County Herald.  Amazon.com is currently featuring Reckless Habits as part of its Fill Your Player MP3 digital download promotion of critically acclaimed releases for only five dollars.

Railroad Earth will headline a string of January shows with Great American Taxi — RRE’s Tim Carbone produced Taxi’s Reckless Habits. In February, Great American Taxi teams up with the Emmitt-Nershi Band at Whisky Jack’s in Big Sky, Montana, and Todd Snider at the Nugget in Nevada. Taxi also backs Snider on his recent release, The Storyteller Live, which includes a bonus DVD of Taxi and Todd performing at the TPAC in Nashville, Tenn.

Artists joining Taxi onstage in the past year include: contemporary troubadour Todd Snider, the exceptional mandolin virtuoso and versatile vocalist Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon and his own Drew Emmitt Band), Billy Nershi (The String Cheese Incident), and the David Nelson Band, with their exploratory improvisational jam sessions.

Reckless Habits appeared on several Best of 2010 lists; it peaked at #12 on the Americana radio charts in 2010 and finished in the Americana Music Association’s Top 100 Americana albums of the year, coming in at #54; it held the top spot on Colorado radio in April and May of 2010 and charted at #6 overall on Colorado radio for the year. The album was picked in a No Depression Top 10 of the year and continues to chart in the Top Ten for spins on Jambands.com radio.

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GREAT AMERICAN TAXI ON THE ROAD – WINTER 2011

Tues., Jan. 18   FAYETTEVILLE, AR George’s Majestic Lounge, with Railroad Earth

Wed., Jan. 19   TULSA, OK Cain’s Ballroom, with Railroad Earth

Fri., Jan 21    ALBUQUERQUE, NM Sunshine Theater, with Railroad Earth

Sat., Jan. 22    FLAGSTAFF, AZ Orpheum Theater, with Railroad Earth

Sun., Jan. 23   TUSCON, AZ Rialto Theatre, with Railroad Earth

Mon., Jan. 24    SOLANA BEACH, CA Belly Up, with Railroad Earth

Tues., Jan. 25    LAS VEGAS, NV Hard Rock Cafe – Vegas, with Railroad Earth

Wed., Jan. 26   BAKERSFIELD, CA Fishlips

Thurs., Jan. 27   OAKLAND, CA The New Parish

Fri., Jan. 28   SANTA CRUZ, CA Catalyst

Sat., Jan. 29    NAPA, CA Uptown Theater

Thu., Feb. 10  FT. COLLINS, CO Hodi’s Half Note

Fri., Feb., 11   BRECKENRIDGE, CO Three20South

Sat., Feb. 12   DURANGO, CO Abbey Theatre

Wed., Feb. 16   PARK CITY, UT Star Bar

Fri., Feb. 18   ALTA, WY Trap Bar @ Grand Targhee Resort

Sat., Feb. 19   LIVINGSTON, MT The Mint

Sun., Feb. 20   BIG SKY, MT Whiskey Jack’s, w/Emmitt-Nershi Band

Fri., Feb. 25   SPARKS, NV John Ascuaga’s Nugget, w/Todd Snider

Sat., Feb. 26   SPARKS, NV John Ascuaga’s Nugget, w/Todd Snider

Wed., Mar. 2   LAWRENCE, KS Bottleneck

Thurs., Mar. 3   ST. LOUIS, MO 2720 Cherokee

Sat., Mar. 5   GRANDVIEW, OH Woodlands Tavern

Sun., Mar. 6   CHARLESTON, WV Mountain Stage Radio Show

Thurs., Mar. 10   CINCINNATI, OH Stanley’s Pub

Fri., Mar. 11   KALAMAZOO, MI Bell’s Brewery

Sat., Mar. 12   CHICAGO, IL Double Door

Thurs., Apr. 7   GIRDWOOD, AK Alyeska Resort/Sitzmark

Fri., Apr. 8   GIRDWOOD, AK Alyeska Resort/Sitzmark

Sat., Apr. 9   GIRDWOOD, AK Alyeska Resort/Sitzmark

Sat., Apr. 30   HOT SPRINGS, NC French Broad River Festival

Sat., June 4   BEAN BLOSSOM, IN John Hartford Memorial Festival

Fri., June 17   AUBURN, CA Party in the Park

Fri., July 15   LOUISVILLE, CO Steinbaugh Pavillion

Fri., July 23   NORTH PLAINS, OR Horning’s Hideout - Northwest String Summit w/Todd Snider

Sat., Aug. 6   WILLITS, CA Dead On The Creek

Emmitt-Nershi Band Announces New Bassist

With Tyler Grant recently announcing his departure from the Emmitt-Nershi Band fans have been anxiously awaiting the announcement of the new bass player for the band.  Today the Emmitt-Nershi Band website and facebook will be making the announcement that Johnny Grubb of Railroad Earth will be filling the spot.  Throughout Johnny's 7 years with Railroad Earth he had played with Billy Nershi on many occasions opening up the doors for this opportunity.  The bands lineup change is effective as of now and all upcoming dates will be played with Drew Emmitt (mandolin/vocals), Billy Nershi (guitar/vocals), Andy Torn (banjo) and Johnny Grubb (bass).  Below is the official announcement that will be posted on the webpage and facebook from Johnny.

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Hello, World!  Rather than make someone else come up with an announcement for who the new bassist will be, I thought I'd try to follow in Tyler's gracious footsteps and do it myself.

My name is Johnny Grubb.  I went to school at Appalachian State University and saw Leftover Salmon many, many times my first couple of years there.  After ASU, I spent a good year rolling burritos, washing dishes and playing bluegrass in my hometown of Atlanta before serendipitously running into John Skehan of Railroad Earth one night at a gig of ours.  They just happened to be on the lookout for a new bassist and long story short, I spent 7 years in that band, playing several metric tons of great music and meeting lots of great folks all over the country.

One of the folks I met and had the good fortune of playing with on many occasions was Mr. Billy Nershi.  RRE was signed to SCI Fidelity Records for a number of years and we got to be friends with a bunch of the SCI/Mad House folks in time.  RRE always was and still is a full-time commitment. I just couldn't keep it up with the birth of my second boy last January, so I bowed out a year ago and spent this past year getting a web development consultancy off the ground, getting to know the virtues and vices of the various open source software scenes out there and being home with my wife and boys for the first time ever.  The itch to play some bass didn't come back until just a few months ago after getting into the most recent Larry Keel and Stringduster's CDs.

In any event, I cruised by this website last month to see what they were working with from a technical standpoint.  The meaning of Tyler's announcement that he was leaving didn't really hit me until the next day, at least not the part where I should give Billy a call and see who they have lined up.  I wasn't looking for another full-time gig, nor to be in another rock band per se, so after speaking with Billy and Drew it seemed like the parameters were pretty well lined up for everybody and here I am!

Just to put a bow on top of everything, I met Andy years ago when he was with Larry Keel and didn't find out until the last few weeks that he was a member of the Broke Mountain Bluegrass band with Travis from the Infamous Stringdusters and my good friend Anders from Greensky Bluegrass.  It's nice to be a part of this small world and I want to thank my new bandmates for having me aboard.  I will see you all soon.

Jerry Garcia Songs to Benefit the Rex Foundation

August 9, 2010 marked the 15-year anniversary of legendary musician and Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia 's death. As a way to honor his musical and community legacy, the gifted musicians on this compilation have generously contributed stirring live performances of Jerry Garcia songs to benefit the Rex Foundation. Available August 10 in a variety of formats (see below), Jerry Jams for Rex was brought to life by Brad Serling of nugs.net and includes four exclusive previously unreleased live Garcia songs from Phish, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, The String Cheese Incident, and Keller & The Keels. Other artists featured on the album include The Black Crowes, Railroad Earth, Yonder Mountain String Band and more. All proceeds are a contribution to the Rex Foundation.

Furthering what Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead started 26 years ago, the Rex Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization, endeavors to fund grassroots programs that are often under the radar of larger funding entities, yet work in bold, innovative ways to carry out essential work toward a healthy environment, promotion of the arts, protection of indigenous cultures, assisting others less fortunate, building strong communities, and educating children and adults.  The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.6 million in grants to over 1,000 programs across the U.S. and internationally, while also carrying out fundraising initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections.  Visit www.rexfoundation.org for a complete list of grantees and information about current initiatives.

Jerry Jams for Rex is possible because of the honorable contributions of music, resources and know-how of the participating artists and people involved in the initiative. The Rex Foundation extends its heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the generosity of spirit and action of all the people involved in creating Jerry Jams for Rex, as well as to all the people who purchase the compilation. Together, we honor Jerry Garcia and demonstrate the positive power of music and community spirit.

TRACK LIST

1. Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers - Lady With A Fan (7/25/2009 - The Biltmore, Asheville, NC) *

2. The String Cheese Incident - Eyes of the World (8/1/2001 - Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA) *

3. Railroad Earth - Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (7/29/2006 - Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ)

4. The Black Crowes - Sugaree (8/1/2006 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH)

5. Moonalice - Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad (7/22/2010 - The Silvermoon Brewery, Bend, OR) **

6. Yonder Mountain String Band - Reuben And Cherise (12/31/2009 - Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO)

7. The Waybacks - Dupree's Diamond Blues (4/26/2007 - Watson Stage, MerleFest, NC)

8. Widespread Panic - Cream Puff War (7/26/2010 Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN)

9. Keller & The Keels - Mountains of the Moon (6/17/2010-Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride, CO) *

10. Hot Buttered Rum - Cumberland Blues (3/21/2009 - Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA) **

11. Steve Kimock Crazy Engine - Stella Blue (7/25/2009 - Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA) **

12. Phish - Terrapin Station (8/9/1998 - Virginia Beach Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA) *

* previously unreleased, exclusive to Jerry Jams
** bonus download only tracks, not on the CD

Railroad Earth: New Album, New Bassist | TOUR

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.

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

6/19

Clearwater Festival

Croton on Hudson

NY

All Ages

7/1

High Sierra Music Festival

Quincy

CA

All Ages

7/2

High Sierra Music Festival

Quincy

CA

All Ages

7/10

All Good Music Festival and Campout

Masontown

WV

All Ages

7/16

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

Oak Hill

NY

All Ages

7/23

Floydfest

Floyd

VA

All Ages

7/24

The Stone Pony

Asbury Park

NJ

All Ages

7/25

Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival

Trumansburg

NY

All Ages

8/15

Mile High Music Festival

Commerce City

CO

All Ages

8/20

YarmonyGrass Music Festival

Bond

CO

All Ages

8/21

YarmonyGrass Music Festival

Bond

CO

All Ages

8/27

Music on the Mountaintop Festival

Boone

NC

All Ages

9/3

Camp Mather

Yosemite

CA

All Ages

9/5

Michael Shore's Lakehouse

Corsicana

TX

All Ages

9/11

Kirby Center

Wilkes Barre

PA

All Ages

9/16

Barrymore Theatre

Madison

WI

All Ages

9/17

House Of Blues

Chicago

IL

17+

9/18

Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis

MN

All Ages

9/19

The Venue

Fargo

ND

All Ages

9/21

Emerson Cultural Center

Bozeman

MT

All Ages

9/22

Wilma Theater

Missoula

MT

All Ages

9/24

Crystal Ballroom

Portland

OR

All Ages

9/25

The Showbox at the Market

Seattle

WA

21+

9/26

McDonald Theatre

Eugene

OR

All Ages

9/28

Arcata Theatre

Arcata

CA

All Ages

9/29

Crystal Bay Club Casino

Crystal Bay

NV

21+

10/1

Fillmore

San Francisco

CA

All Ages

10/2

Fillmore

San Francisco

CA

All Ages

10/3

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

San Fransisco

CA

All Ages

10/9

The Festy Experience at Devil's

Roseland

VA

All Ages

10/14

Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music

Ozark

AR

All Ages

10/28

9:30 Club

Washington

DC

All Ages

10/29

The Fillmore

New York

NY

16+

10/30

Paradise Rock Club

Boston

MA

18+

10/31

State Theater NY

Ithaca

NY

All Ages


Railroad Earth: New Album, New Bassist - On TOUR

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.

4/22/2010 The 8 x 10 Baltimore Maryland
4/23/2010 The Orange Peel Asheville North Carolina
4/24/2010 Variety Playhouse Atlanta Georgia
4/26/2010 Workplay Theatre Birmingham Alabama
4/27/2010 The Engine Room Tallahassee Florida
4/28/2010 Tipitina's New Orleans Louisiana
4/29/2010 Tipitina's French Quarter New Orleans Louisiana
4/30/2010 Attitudes Bar Blacksburg Virginia
5/1/2010 Washington & Lee University Lexington Virginia
5/13/2010 Port City Music Hall Portland Maine
5/14/2010 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Providence Rhode Island
5/15/2010 Bromberg's Big Noise Wilmington Delaware
5/20/2010 Keswick Theatre Glenside Pennsylvania
5/21/2010 Brown's Island Richmond Virginia
5/22/2010 Cat's Cradle Carrboro North Carolina
5/23/2010 Visulite Theatre Charlotte North Carolina
5/27/2010 Allegany County Fairgrounds Cumberland Center Maryland
5/28/2010 Allegany County Fairgrounds Cumberland Maryland
5/30/2010 Summer Camp 2010 at Three Sister's Chillicothe Illinois
6/1/2010 Old Rock House St Louis Missouri
6/3/2010 Wakarusa Festival Ozark Arkansas
6/4/2010 Wakarusa Festival Ozark Arkansas
6/6/2010 Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest Augusta New Jersey
6/17/2010 The Temptress (Rocks Off Boat) New York City New York
6/19/2010 Clearwater Festival Croton on Hudson New York
7/1/2010 High Sierra Music Festival Quincy California
7/2/2010 High Sierra Music Festival Quincy California
7/10/2010 All Good Music Festival and Campout Masontown West Virginia
7/16/2010 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Oak Hill New York
7/23/2010 Floydfest Floyd Virginia
7/24/2010 The Stone Pony Asbury Park New Jersey
7/25/2010 Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival Trumansburg New York
8/15/2010 Mile High Music Festival Commerce City Colorado
8/20/2010 YarmonyGrass Music Festival Bond Colorado
8/21/2010 YarmonyGrass Music Festival Bond Colorado
8/27/2010 Music on the Mountaintop Festival Boone North Carolina


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

Railroad Earth: New Years and New Tunes

After a largely successful fall tour, Railroad Earth is wrapping up a momentous 2009 with performances on both coasts before heading to the studio for their forthcoming album. The six-piece Americana outfit is scheduled for a short east coast run before heading to the Pacific Northwest for a four-night New Years Eve Bash. A bittersweet tour, the New Years run will also mark the final show for stand-up bass player Johnny Grubb.

Known for well-crafted lyrics, outstanding musicianship and an un-matched dedication to their live performance, Railroad Earth is a musical anomaly. Not quite rock n’ roll and not quite Bluegrass; the band captures the flavor of American history by rolling intriguing narratives into traditional instrumentation. The end result is a rootsy, bouncy, sing-along that has fans clamoring for more.

Mixing an unlikely blend of instruments to make up their well-traveled sound, the project features Todd Sheaffer (Lead vocals, acoustic guitars), Tim Carbone (Violin, vocals), John Skehan (Mandolin, vocals), Andy Goessling (Acoustic guitars, banjo, dobro, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, saxophones and vocals), Carey Harmon (Drums, hand percussion, vocals) and Johnny Grubb (Upright bass).


Railroad Earth’s most successful year to date, the band has graced the stages at some of the country’s most prestigious festivals including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rothbury and the 10,000 Lakes Festival. And this past September, Railroad Earth performed for the first time at the legendary amphitheater, Red Rocks in Morrison, CO. In their relatively short tenure, the band has released five critically acclaimed albums and amassed an impressive national following with sold-out shows from coast-to-coast.

Their last collective tour of 2009, the New Years performance will mark the final show with long-time bass player and friend, Johnny Grubb, who recently resigned from the project. With numerous sell-out performances around the country, the final performances with Grubb are not to be missed. The band will be taking the first part of 2010 to focus on the creation and release of their sixth album before hitting the road again in the summer.

TOUR DATES:
12/10 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg
12/11 Washington, DC - 9 30 Club
12/12 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
12/27 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
12/28 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
12/30 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
12/31 Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
1/3 Fort Lauderdale, FL -Jam Cruise 8

Greensky Bluegrass Joins With Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth for 2 Week Tour

Perennial Bluegrass favorites Greensky Bluegrass have joined forces with Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth for an inspiring one-week tour in December. With dates spanning the mid-west and up through the northeast, this is one tour that will go down in the Americana history books.

Greensky Bluegrass is one of the most exciting bands in today’s music scene. Since winning the 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, Greensky has been touring the country consistently with over 170 shows a year and many sold out performances along the way. In a very short time the band has performed with the likes of Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band and Railroad Earth along with the stages at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rothbury and more. Add in the talents of Todd Sheaffer from Railroad Earth and you have one of the most well-rounded set of performers on stage today. Known for his soulful vocal delivery and song-writing skills, Sheaffer brings more then just another acoustic guitar to the stage - together the combined talent and creativity is bound to also bring many surprises to the tour as well.

On any given night, in addition to the myriad of original songs, one might hear traditional bluegrass songs with an exploratory rock and roll jam or selections from the Talking Heads, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead or Bob Marley turned bluegrass. “We are as likely to play a three minute song as we are a ten minute song on any given night”, says dobro player Anders Beck, “and I think that keeps it exciting for the audience”

This is not the first collaboration between Greensky Bluegrass and Railroad Earth. Greensky Bluegrass is currently on tour in support of their recently released fourth album, Five Interstates, which was produced by Tim Carbone, also of Railroad Earth. Their strongest album to date, the twelve track journey features 11 original tracks and one traditional bluegrass song (a nod to the deceased King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin). Carbone notes on the package: “Five Interstates came together like five lives intertwined, the intersection of a lifetime frozen in precious time and preserved in a digital tableau. I’m blessed…We’re all blessed to be witness to a band ascending as true as an arrow shot to the sky.”

Greensky Bluegrass and Todd Sheaffer will be on tour for the following dates in December. For more information, check out: www.railroadearth.com and www.greenskybluegrass.com.

ON TOUR:
12/1 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
12/2 Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant
12/3 Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre
12/4 Bridgeport, CT - The Field
12/5 Teaneck, NJ - Mexicali Live
12/6 Annapolis, MA - Rams Head Tavern (early show) 12/6 Vienna, VI - Jammin' Java

Railroad Earth Takes the Both Coasts on Fall/Winter Tour

It’s no surprise that the band Railroad Earth took their name from Jack Kerouac’s flowing prose-poem, October in the Railroad Earth. Interspersed with memories of the past and the present, the story weaves a complex tapestry of impressions and reflections, all underlining the American history of the workingman. Much like Kerouac, Railroad Earth’s music captures the grit and soul of rural and urban America and translates it into something deeper than just music.

The six-piece ensemble crafts each song artfully, like a storyline in a novel about travel, wonderment, tragedy, and heartbreak. With the unusually soulful and deep writing and vocal delivery of principal songwriter, Todd Sheaffer, combined with instrumentation so colorful you might find them on the Appalachian Trail, Railroad Earth is bringing their slice of American culture on a hefty fall/winter tour spanning both coasts and every major market in between.

Mixing an unlikely blend of instruments to make up their well-traveled sound, the project features Todd Sheaffer (Lead vocals, acoustic guitars), Tim Carbone (Violin, vocals), John Skehan (Mandolin, vocals), Andy Goessling (Acoustic guitars, banjo, dobro, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, saxophones and vocals), Carey Harmon (Drums, hand percussion, vocals) and Johnny Grubb (Upright bass).

In their relatively short tenure, the band has released five critically acclaimed albums and amassed an impressive national following with sold-out shows from coast-to-coast. They’ve also graced the main stages of some of the country’s most prestigious festivals, including; Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rothbury and the 10,000 Lakes Festival. And this past September, Railroad Earth performed for the first time at the legendary amphitheater, Red Rocks, in Morrison, CO. Yet, Railroad Earth remains surprisingly grounded and continues to stick close to their musical roots and influences – always striving to keep the next show is as inspired as the last.

Beginning in late September, Railroad Earth will be doing a series of short tours with pivotal performances in various parts of the country. But unlike the speed trains in Kerouac’s novels, this Railroad Earth is in no hurry “to get there fast”.