Railroad Earth release new song, announce new album and tour dates for 2020


STILLWATER, N.J. — Today, perineal roots-rock favorites Railroad Earth released “The Great Divide,” the first single from their new album All For The Song due out in 2020.

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 said. “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.

Watch/listen to “The Great Divide” below.

From January to March 2020, Railroad Earth are embarking on a nationwide tour that will include two nights at San Francisco’s famed Fillmore, The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y.; First Ave in Minneapolis, two-nights at D.C.’s 9:30 Club and a visit to the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville on Feb. 25. 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 said. “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. For more information visit Railroad.Earth.

Railroad Earth 2020 tour dates

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, N.Y. – The Capitol Theatre
Feb. 19 – Salem, Va. – Salem Civic Center
Feb. 20 – Charlotte, N.C. – The Fillmore
Feb. 21 – Raleigh, N.C. – Lincoln Theatre
Feb. 22 – Asheville, N.C. – The Orange Peel
Feb. 23 – Charleston, W.V. – 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, D.C. – 9:30 Club
Mar. 21 – Washington, D.C. – 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

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