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Published: 2017/02/10
by Lizzy Schimenti

Railroad Earth at The Cap

On February 4 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, Railroad Earth closed out the current leg of their 2017 winter tour (which picks up again on February 23 in Montana).

Opening up the first set, the band came out with “Walk Beside Me,” a crowd favorite that had fans singing along with lead vocalist and acoustic guitar player Todd Sheaffer. “Black Elk Speaks,” which featured Andy Goessling on the lap steel, followed. What always strikes me most about this band is their ability to seamlessly flow between leads. This was demonstrated perfectly throughout the first set. “12 Wolves” was a prime example of this tonight as the band flawlessly transitioned their way from Tim Carbone’s violin solo into bassist Andrew Altman’s singing. “For Love” highlighted a beautiful dobro solo from Goessling and “Grandfather Mountain” closed out the first set with a keys and bass duo performed by John Skehan and Altman.

The second set opened with “Chasin’ a Rainbow,” which was highlighted by a nifty drum solo by Carey Harmon. Halfway through the second set, the band asked opening act TAUK’s keyboardist Alric “A.C.” Carter to join them for “Addin’ My Voice.” The second set closed with the band’s namesake song “Railroad Earth.” Then the group offered a proper nod to the venue’s rich history with the Grateful Dead, with a concluding cover of the Dead’s “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo.”

Set 1:
Walk Beside Me
Black Elk Speaks
Saddle of the Sun >>
Blazin’ a Trail
12 Wolves
For Love
A Day on the Sand
Farewell to Isinglass >>
Grandfather Mountain

Set 2:
Chasin’ a Rainbow
Tuba Mirum >>
Face with a Hole>>
Addin’ My Voice*
Drag Him Down
Any Road
Bringin’ My Baby Back Home
Stillwater Getaway
Railroad Earth

E: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

*w/ Alric “A.C.” Carter on the Keys

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