Railroad Earth @ The Capitol Theatre featuring Peter Rowan performing Old & In the Way

Article Contributed by IVPR | Published on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Don't miss roots-rock favorites Railroad Earth live at The Capitol Theatre on February 8th, 2020. They released “The Great Divide,” the first single from their new album, All For The Song, due out in 2020. Famously known for their genre-bending implementation of bluegrass instruments in non-traditional styles and arrangements, Railroad Earth—Todd Sheaffer (guitar), Tim Carbone (violin), John Skehan (mandolin), Carey Harmon (drums), and Andrew Altman (bass)—have always subscribed to the get-in-where-you-fit-in mentality. “We walk on either side of a line,” Skehan says. “The bluegrass influence is primarily in instrumentation—having a banjo, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, and guitar – but it’s still a rock band.”

In “The Great Divide,” the band plays it close to home, never straying too far from their string band influences, and never needing to. The song reads somewhere between an old-timey gospel number and a modern meditation on death and what comes next. The opening line, “there’s tellin’ of a better home a-waitin’, waitin’ on the other side,” sets the tone for the rest of the song, describing a better life or after-life “across these troubled waters; across the great divide.” It’s a touching tribute to Railroad Earth founder and multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling, who passed away in October of 2018, and a fitting first single from All For The Song, the band’s first full-length album without Goessling. “The Great Divide” is now available via Youtube and will be available tomorrow for purchase and streaming.

From January to March 2020, Railroad Earth are heading to a hefty number of our nation’s finest and most time-honored live music venues, including two nights at San Francisco’s famed Fillmore, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, First Ave in Minneapolis, and a two-night run at D.C. favorite, 9:30 Club. In these rooms, All For The Song’s arrangements will take on entirely new forms and facades night to night. “We don’t typically play stuff before we record it. It gets recorded, then we play it live,” Altman says. “That’s when we really find out what the song’s personality is and what really works.” A full list of tour dates can be found below, and tickets are available now via the band’s fanclub. Click here to access. General on-sale begins at 10 A.M. local time on Friday, Nov. 1. Stay tuned to the band’s socials and website for additional 2020 tour dates. 

Catch Railroad Earth On Tour in 2020:

Jan. 16 - Felton, CA - Felton Music Hall

Jan. 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore

Jan. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore

Jan. 19 - Crystal Bay, NV - The Crystal Bay Club

Jan. 22 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom

Jan. 23 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Fremont Theater

Jan. 24 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern

Jan. 26 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre

Jan. 28 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen

Jan. 29 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen

Jan. 30 - Frisco, CO - 10 Mile Music Hall

Jan. 31 - Frisco, CO - 10 Mile Music Hall

Feb. 1 - Denver, CO - Mission Ballroom

Feb. 7 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club

Feb. 8 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre

Feb. 19 - Salem, VA - Salem Civic Center

Feb. 20 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore

Feb. 21 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre

Feb. 22 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel

Feb. 23 - Charleston, WV - Mountain Stage

Feb. 25 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom

Feb. 26 - Knoxville, TN - Mill And Mine

Feb. 27 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City

Feb. 28 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall

Feb. 29 - Pelham, TN - The Caverns

Mar. 3 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue 

Mar. 4 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection

Mar. 5 - Madison, WI - The Sylvee

Mar. 6 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue

Mar. 7 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre

Mar. 20 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

Mar. 21 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

Mar. 25 - Fayetteville, AR - George’s Majestic Lounge

Mar. 26 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom

Mar. 27 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads Saloon

Mar. 28 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant