Saturday, May 20, 2017

Been in the back-room dealin' Been on a long hook reelin', Crashed in the shed and I awoke in a sunny bed ... and I still got a long way to go

Railroad Earth represents all the types of music that we wish we were able to experience in the 1960’s. During a time when The Band-loving hippies of yesteryear swayed in unison with their eyes closed to Levon Helm’s ballads, when the Beatles left listeners sobbing over the lack of unity in the world, when folks stomped the wood of New Orleans porches to the beat of a steel string and the twang of a banjo. Known for their extensive improvisation and seamless narratives, Railroad Earth takes listeners on a journey through all of life’s emotions.

Nobody puts baby in a corner, or Railroad Earth in a box. Railroad Earth transcends the depths of acoustic, lyrical and sensory bliss, not dimension a light show that rivals visual connoisseurs, like PHISH and Pretty Lights. Their fractals are off the chain.

Vocalist and songwriter, Todd Schaeffer, had been writing lyrics for songs his entire life. When Todd found Tim Carbone (violins), John Skehan (mandolin, piano), Andy Goessling (acoustic guitar, banjo) and Carey Harmon (drums, percussion) they formed the perfect quintuplet for success. In no time at all, they added Andrew Altman (upright bass), named themselves “Railroad Earth” after Jack Kerouac’s short story “October in the Railroad Earth,” and took to the festival circuit. Not surprisingly, they played at the Telluride Bluegrass festival in the first year of their tour and were offered a record deal by Sugar Hill Records on the spot.

Sixteen years of critically acclaimed albums, singles, sold out shows and epic musical roots magic explosions later, Railroad Earth is a national sensation.

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