Railroad Earth

Genre: Rock
Similar to: Greensky Bluegrass, Cornmeal, Head for the Hills

Railroad Earth emerged from the breakup of one of New Jersey’s most popular bands, From Good Homes, in early 2001. Later that year, Railroad Earth showed that their music could go well beyond the realm of traditional bluegrass to incorporate folk, Celtic, jazz, and rock music. Todd Sheaffer, the group’s main songwriter and former lead singer of From Good Homes, stood at the forefront of the group’s vision, and Railroad Earth began releasing albums within six months of the band’s formation. The group consists of Shaeffer (vocals and acoustic guitar), Goessling (acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, penny whistle, saxophone), Carbone (violin, acoustic guitar), Carbone (violin, acoustic guitar), and session player John Skehan (mandolin, guitar, piano). Drummer/percussionist Carey Harmon and upright/electric bassist Dave Von Dollen completed the lineup in January 2011. One month after forming, the bluegrass-rock group recorded a five-song demo in Lafayette, NJ. Four of those songs were combined with six new songs recorded in April 2011 to form the band’s debut CD, The Black Bear Sessions, which was released in June by BOS Music. Railroad Earth broadened their songwriting style during the remainder of 2011, carrying on the improvisational, multiple-genre tradition started by the Grateful Dead, String Cheese Incident, Phish, and Leftover Salmon. A second album, Bird in a House, followed in 2002, and producer Stewart Lerman joined Railroad Earth in the studio to record 2004’s The Good Life. A live album named Elko followed in early 2006. In 2008, the guys released their fourth studio effort, Amen Corner, which doubled as their last recording with bassist Johnny Grubb. The group drafted Andrew Altman as his replacement and hit the studio once again, this time to record 2010’s self-titled Railroad Earth.

Named after Ha Ha Tonka State Park in their native Missouri, the group's relentless touring has seen them become one of the most buzzed about young bands in America, appearing at Lollapalooza, Sundance Film Fest, SXSW, CMJ while touring nationally as a headlining act, as well as supporting many great bands such as Old 97s, Murder By Death, Langhorne Slim, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin, Ludo, Meat Puppets and more. On March 28, 2011 Ha Ha Tonka was a guest on The Travel Channel's flagship show, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. It was one of the first times in the show's 5-year run that a band has been invited to perform. The band’s new record Death of a Decade debuted on Billboard Top 200 and was followed by a near sold out CD release tour in April/May 2011. The band completed a 50+ date fall headline tour which included a performance at Austin City Limits Festival as well as a multitude of radio shows. The band appeared at several festivals including Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Kentucky Derby Fest, Twangfest and more in 2012. Ha Ha Tonka just finished recording the follow-up to Death of a Decade and are currently on their 2nd European tour.

$20.00 - $25.00

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Note: 21+ Full Venue Access / Under 21 Unaccompanied Minors: Balcony Only / +$1 UnderAge Fee will be charged at the door (not included in ticket price)

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Railroad Earth with Ha Ha Tonka

Sunday, January 12 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Castle Theatre