Napa, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) January 07, 2011
The members of Railroad Earth aren’t losing sleep about what “kind” of music they play – they just play it. When they started out in 2001, they were a bunch of guys interested in playing acoustic instruments together. “When we started, we only loosely had the idea of getting together and playing some music. It started that informally; just getting together and doing some picking and playing.” Shortly thereafter, they took five songs from their budding repertoire into a studio and knocked out a demo in just two days. Their soon-to-be manager sent that demo to a few festivals, and – to the band’s surprise – they were booked at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival before they’d even played their first gig. Defying any labels, Railroad Earth's music combines elements of bluegrass, rock and roll, jazz, Celtic and more. Don’t miss the chance to catch them at one of their renowned live shows at the Uptown Theatre Napa on Saturday, January 29th. Doors open at 7:00pm, show starts at 8:00pm.
Since the exciting beginning of Railroad Earth’s journey, they’ve released two more studio albums on the largely bluegrass imprint, Sugar Hill Records (2002’s “Bird In A House” and 2004’s “The Good Life”). They’ve also amassed a huge and loyal fan base that follows them from show to show, taking advantage of the band’s liberal taping policy. But RRE bristle about being lumped into any one “scene.” Not out of animosity for any other artists: it’s just that they don’t find the labels very useful. As Carbone points out, “We use unique acoustic instrumentation, but we’re definitely not a bluegrass band – so that doesn’t fit. And I think the term ‘jam bands’ probably refers more to the fans than to the bands. I think these fans just like live music.”
Railroad Earth certainly thrives in a live setting – Their last album, “Elko,” recorded live in the spring of 2005, is easy proof of that – and they can, in fact, jam. Improvisation is certainly one of the RRE’s big strengths. But what really sets them apart is the strength of their songwriting – it was the strength of those first five songs that got them on the bill at Telluride. And they’ve only gotten better since then.
Tickets for Railroad Earth are $37. They are on sale now and can be purchased through the theatre website at http://www.uptowntheatrenapa.com, at Ticketmaster (http://www.ticketmaster.com) or at the theatre box office (please call 707.259.0123 ext. 6 for hours). To find out more, please visit http://www.uptowntheatrenapa.com