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Railroad Earth performs Americana-tinged tunes that are never short on atmospheric touches. Singer-songwriter Todd Sheaffer writes unpretentious, straightforward songs that alternate between laying the beat down with drummer Carey Harmon or seeking a gentler solution from violinist Tim Carbone, mandolin player John Skehan and multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling. “Long Walk Home” and “Black Elk Speaks” kick it up with the power of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and the ultimate Americana-rockers the Band. “Too Much Information” skirts around a vague New Orleans groove. “Spring-Heeled Jack” dips further into the gumbo. “On the Banks” swings as a sweet, modest ballad that is touching without falling into the trap of over-emoting. “Potter’s Field” evokes another time and place that Sheaffer obviously keeps in mind as he writes about the past with such clear-headed eloquence. Railroad Earth is a band of subtle degrees whose intricate performance skills add great depth to even the simplest of ideas and pack excitement into the most modest of tempos.

Customer Reviews

good stuff

saw these guys live and can't wait to hear these songs live as well. this album has just the right amount of jam and folk and its definitely worth buying the whole thing to get spring-heeled jack. it's on up there with mighty river and like a buddha in my opinion. buy this cd, its worth it


oooohh gotta love railroad

Full steam ahead...

Another great album from a terrific band... If you have not heard them, you are missing out - New album is great, and worth buying...


Formed: 2001 in Stillwater, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Railroad Earth emerged from the breakup of one of New Jersey's most popular bands, From Good Homes, in early 2001. Later that year, with appearances at some of the major summer festivals on the bluegrass circuit under their belt -- including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and High Sierra Music Festival -- 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...
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