Railroad Earth

Magnolia Festival: We can rediscover the wonders of nature, down by the (Suwannee) riverside..

This year’s Magnolia Festival was characterized by the usual wonderful blend of bluegrass, reggae and families and by unusually cold night- time temperatures.  Hovering above freezing at night, the mountain music sounded just right in the cool mountain air of the Florida “hills”.  As I sit in tank top and shorts in eighty degrees of Florida sunshine to write this, frozen fingers, frozen breath, the warmth of the fire and being bundled up from head to toe here last weekend seems surreal.  Though it was “crisp” t

Forecast Says: We're Heading to Hangtown!

Just one week left until the gates open for the inaugural Hangtown Halloween Ball – featuring Railroad Earth - in Placerville, CA, October 28-30 and the early weather forecast is looking stellar for festival-goers all weekend! Forecasting a sunny, cloudless weekend with temps in the 70’s, it will be the perfect setting for a Harvest season event!

The Festy Experience | Nelson County, Virginia | 2011

I don't know about you, but for me -- The Infamous Stringdusters appear to be on a roll.  Red Rocks, A Grammy nomination, a new guitarist -- and an even newer mandolin player.. They have a new release expected in the spring on their own label, High Country Records..

YarmonyGrass Festival 2011 | Review

As a relative newcomer to Colorado, I've been waiting to find a festival than can live up to the wonderful Arkansas festivals I've come to know and love over the years. I can definitely say I've found just such a festival high in the mountains at Rancho Del Rio, YarmonyGrass.

2011 Harmony Festival: 'A Tribute to the Life of Owsley “Bear” Stanley and the Musical Spirit of Jerry Garcia'

Some forty or so years ago in the Summer of Love, tens of thousands of Northern Californians – and soon after, many more Americans – changed their minds about certain aspects of American life.  They decided that spending their lives in the pursuit of fun and a higher wisdom would be preferable to an existence devoted exclusively to getting, spending, and serving corporations.  They decided that all of this would be best accompanied by music.

Railroad Earth Kicks off their New Years Eve Run

Railroad Earth always attracts a massive crowd, and I had to soon forgotten the multiple block lines that can accumulate beside the Ogden on a big night.

YarmonyGrass Festival This Weekend in Colorado!

Ticket sales for the fifth annual YarmonyGrass Festival are now underway. The high country camping event known for unrivaled mountain activities and top shelf national talent will take place in Bond, CO on August 20-22nd offering concert goers an experience that is as good for the soul as it is for the ears.

10th Annual Summer Camp Music Festival

Attention please…  The 10th annual Summer Camp Music Festival took place as it has for the past decade in Chillicothe IL May 28th – 30 2010.  Where is Chillicothe, you may ask?  It’s just over 3 hours from the city of Chicago.

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