New Jersey-based national touring act Railroad Earth has announced it will play a four-night run of shows in December with Honkytonk Homeslice (Bill Nershi, String Cheese Incident and Jilian Nershi). The shows signal a growing kinship with the SCI family; Railroad Earth has teamed up with SCI's record label, SCI Fidelity, for the release of the sextet's first live album, due out in January 2006.
The four-night musical match up kicks off on Dec. 8 at Revolution Hall in Troy, NY and continues the next evening in Boston with a performance at the Paradise Rock Club. A stop at New York City's Bowery Ballroom on Dec. 10 and a final show at the recently re-named 8x10 Club in Baltimore will close out the mini-tour. Both sides of this venture are excited about coming together to make music. For Railroad Earth's part, the opportunity to share the stage with the Nershi's ever evolving side-project was an appealing proposition. "The chance to play with [Nershi] is one we could not pass up and we are looking forward to exploring our newfound association onstage for this four-night tour," said Railroad Earth's management.
For their part, it is no secret that some members of the String Cheese Incident have been smitten with Railroad Earth's unique blend of bluegrass, folk, roots music and rock. In an interview with the Denver Post in late June, SCI bassist Keith Moseley stated that Railroad Earth's "finely crafted songwriting and clever arrangements" make them one of his favorite bands. For more information on these and other shows, and to order tickets, visit www.railroadearth.com.
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Founded in 2001, Railroad Earth performs a progressive mix of bluegrass, folk, roots music and rock. Fronted by lead singer and songwriter Todd Sheaffer, (From Good Homes), Railroad Earth features the musical talents of Tim Carbone, Andy Goessling, Johnny Grubb, Carey Harmon and John Skehan. The band most recent studio album, "The Good Life," was released on Sugar Hill records in June 2004.
Honkytonk Homeslice (HTHS) features Bill Nershi (String Cheese Incident) and Jilian Nershi, as well as a regularly changing line-up of honorary members. Built on intimate performances rich in harmonies and hot guitar playing, HTHS was founded in 2004 as an outlet for Bill to pursue different musical directions and as a platform for Jilian's vocal talents.