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3rd Annual Yarmony Grass Music Festival Announced

The state of Colorado can already boast two major bluegrass festivals, those being the world renowned Telluride Bluegrass and its spectacular younger cousin Rockygrass.  Well, a third of such would be the Yarmony Grass Music Festival, a bluegrass-featured gathering nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains.

RAILROAD EARTH ON TOUR THIS SUMMER

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Using bluegrass tradition as a starting point, then exploring various musical idioms ranging from Celtic to Rock and Country to Folk, all infused with enduring lyrical storytelling and innate pop sensibilities, Railroad Earth has unearthed and delivered a truly original Americana sound.

Right from their first shows in May 2001, word-of-mouth on Railroad Earth was instant and superlative, as evidenced by their rapidly growing and highly loyal fan base. Driven by the remarkable songs of front-man, Todd Sheaffer, and delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band members, Railroad Earth's powerful live experience has finally been captured on their first ever live release, Elko (SCI Fidelity Records).  Recorded during their 2005 spring tour, the double disc set captures all the timeless qualities without compromising the unpredictable nature that is at the core of a Railroad Earth concert.

Railroad Earth is currently on tour in support of Elko.  Current confirmed tour dates include:

September 06 Higher Ground South Burlington VT
September 07 Paradise Rock Club Boston MA
September 08 CT Folk Festival and Green Expo New Haven CT
September 11 The Dame Lexington KY
September 12 The Orange Peel Asheville NC
September 13 WorkPlay Theatre Birmingham AL
September 15 Austin City Limits Festival Austin TX
September 18 Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge LA
September 19 Granada Theater Dallas TX
September 21 Mulberry Mountain Music Festival Ozark AR
September 24 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa OK with Hot Buttered Rum
September 25 Tha Crossroads Kansas City MO with Hot Buttered Rum
September 26 Knickerbocker's Lincoln NE with Hot Buttered Rum
September 28-29 Gothic Theatre Englewood CO with Hot Buttered Rum
October 01 El Rey Theatre Albuquerque NM with Hot Buttered Rum
October 02 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff AZ with Hot Buttered Rum
October 04 Key Club West Hollywood CA
October 05 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA
October 07 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco CA
October 26-27 Magnolia Fest Live Oak FL
November 01 Rams Head Live! Baltimore MD
November 02 The Fillmore at Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia PA
November 03 The Fillmore at Irving Plaza New York NY
November 23-24 The Sherman Theatre Stroudsburg PA

More dates to be announced soon. 

Railroad Earth Tours To Support New Live Album, Elko

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Using bluegrass tradition as a starting point, then exploring various musical idioms ranging from Celtic to Rock and Country to Folk, all infused with enduring lyrical storytelling and innate pop sensibilities, Railroad Earth has unearthed and delivered a truly original Americana sound.

Right from their first shows in May 2001, word-of-mouth on Railroad Earth was instant and superlative, as evidenced by their rapidly growing and highly loyal fan base. Driven by the remarkable songs of front-man, Todd Sheaffer, and delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band members, Railroad Earth's powerful live experience has finally been captured on their first ever live release, Elko (SCI Fidelity Records).  Recorded during their 2005 spring tour, the double disc set captures all the timeless qualities without compromising the unpredictable nature that is at the core of a Railroad Earth concert.

Railroad Earth is currently on tour in support of Elko.  Current confirmed tour dates include:

March 30 The State Theatre State College PA
March 31 Irving Plaza New York NY
April 06 Fox Theatre Boulder CO
April 07 Gothic Theater Englewood CO
April 09 The Depot Salt Lake City UT
April 10 Big Easy Concert House Boise ID
April 12 The Showbox Seattle WA
April 13 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
April 14 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR
April 17 Ashland Armory Ashland OR
April 18 Senator Theatre Chico CA
April 19 McNear's Mystic Theatre Petaluma CA
April 20-21 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
April 24 Aruba Hotel Las Vegas NV
April 25 Knitting Factory Hollywood CA
April 26 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA
April 28 McDowell Mountain Music Festival Scottsdale AZ
April 29 El Rey Theatre Albuquerque AZ
June 08-09 Wakarusa Festival Lawrence KS
June 16 Bonnaroo Music Festival Manchester TN

FloydFest 5 | Roots Alive

We often get the question about FloydFest, from folks who haven't heard of the town of Floyd; "Will Pink Floyd be there? Is it a Pink Floyd cover band festival?" No, actually, FloydFest is named after our one-stoplight, two-block town, or rather the special essence of our town, which residents and visitors alike experience as a respite from the restless, hurried activity of our modern society, and the cookie-cutter look and feel of many, if not most, modern places.

Railroad Earth Announces New Year's Eve 2005 Run

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New Jersey-based national touring act Railroad Earth has announced it will play a three-night run of shows in late December leading up to New Year's Eve.  The shows in Northern Virginia and Pennsylvania will follow a series of concerts with Honkytonk Homeslice (Billy Nershi, String Cheese Incident) and come weeks before the release of the band's first live album, due out on SCI Fidelity Records in January 2006.

 

Railroad Earth's New Year's Eve run includes a stop at the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA on Dec. 29 and a two-night stand at the Theatre of the Living Arts (TLA) in Philadelphia on Dec. 30-31. This holiday mini-tour is a first for the sextet.  In the past, the band has rung in the New Year with a performance near its headquarters in New Jersey, and the band's management is pleased with the schedule of performances. "The band thoroughly enjoys performing at both the State Theatre and the TLA," said management.  "We couldn't be happier about returning to these venues for another successful run of shows."

 

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.

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RRE Announces Dates w/ Honkytonk Homeslice

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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.

 

Gathering of the Vibes 2005

Reportedly nearly 20,000 people came together in upstate New York for The Gathering of the Vibes' Tenth Anniversary, which juxtaposes the tenth anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death and Saturday night will p

Phil Lesh Joins Railroad Earth in San Francisco

Phil Lesh joins Railroad Earth in San Fran- for the Grateful Web

 
On Saturday, April 16, at the second of Railroad Earth's two sold-out shows at the Independent in San Francisco, Phil Lesh joined the band for a generous portion of their second set.

Phil Lesh provided vocals and his trademark bass playing to Railroad Earth's "Seven Story Mountain," followed by a three-pack of Grateful Dead staples; "Friend of the Devil," "Terrapin Station," and "Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad," the last of which also featured Vince Herman on accompanying vocals.

This is not the first musical collaboration between Railroad Earth and Phil Lesh.  Members of the New Jersey-based band joined Phil Lesh and Friends at their last two San Francisco outings.

Railroad Earth is currently on tour.  For more information, check out www.railroadearth.com

Railroad Earth

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Rising out of a state perhaps better known for its mobsters than its music, Railroad Earth just may surprise you with a trademark fusion of bluegrass, rock, and folk.  But this truly unique six-man assembly of talent, heart and dedication won't have it any other way.   From the foothills of the Kittatinny Mountains in the melting pot that is New Jersey, Railroad Earth is coming to a town near you.

Railroad Earth's Spring 2005 tour has already seen record crowds, and the band's impressive and steady growth shows no signs of stopping.   For the band, this visible sign of their success is well deserved.  For the fans, there is more than ever to love about one of the most widely discussed bands to grace stages around the country.

A true incarnation of an American roots music band, Railroad Earth seamlessly combines musical styles with original lyrics that never fail to find their way straight to your soul.  Lead vocalist Todd Sheaffer and Co. will move you from the first perfectly plucked note, and it is this effortless spirituality that puts Railroad Earth rightly in its own league. Since 2001 their musical growth and increasing notoriety in a musical scene so often sagging with mass-marketed talent, has been undeniable, but not surprising for a band whose success has come in leaps and bounds from day one.

It could be said that Railroad Earth hit the scene poised to become one of today's most widely respected bands.  Just three weeks after its six members jammed together for the very first time, they went into a local studio and produced a five-song demo, recorded live with no overdubs except for backup vocals.  Based on it's strength and remarkable sound, Railroad Earth landed a slot at the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Festival. It would be their tenth gig.  2001's "The Black Bear Sessions" was born straight from this remarkable demo, and the album's clean and honest sound helped to make it one of Relix Magazine's top 20 albums of that year.  It also got the band a record deal with Sugar Hill records, home to such prestigious names as Nickel Creek and Dolly Parton.

Railroad Earth's sophomore effort "Bird in a House," sealed its reputation as one of the music scene's most talented and hard working bands.  The June 2002 release came after a year of steady touring, and its critical acclaim further bolstered the group, already on its way to becoming a staple on the national touring and festival scene.  Praise for the album, which showcases the band's impressive musical chops on what were already classic songs, was widespread. All Music Guide sums up the record's stylistic and creative accomplishments when referring to the album as, "a work of not only rare charm, but ageless beauty."  

Most recently, Railroad Earth has been breaking new ground with studio recordings and live appearances that continue to define them as an integral part of the Americana music scene.  2004's triumphant "The Good Life," the band's second release with Sugar Hill Records, is rich with the musical mélange that only Railroad Earth can create.  Co-produced by the band and Stewart Lerman (Loudon Wainwright III, Dar Williams), the 11-track album "mixes string-band instrumentation, freewheeling improvisation and folk-rock songwriting with contagious enthusiasm," according to the Washington Post.   Not to be outdone by their studio work, putting the band squarely into the public eye was a series of appearances with nationally recognized acts, such as Phil Lesh and Friends.  

Blessed with an inherent musical connection that cannot be learned, but only nurtured and nourished, Railroad Earth does just that at its over 100 live shows every year.  The band's growing legions of fans complete the live experience, and are so dedicated to crisscrossing the country that they have earned themselves an aptly-termed moniker: hobos.

Purveyors of music that must be heard to be truly felt, Railroad Earth creates music that speaks to the poet in all of us.  This is music to live your life to.  This is the music inside all of us. This is Railroad Earth.

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