Railroad Earth to Ride The Rails into DC for Two at 9:30 Club

Mark Raker
By Mark Raker / March 7, 2019

Railroad Earth's East Coast Spring tour kicks off in two weeks and after the tour opener in Richmond VA, pulls into Washington DC’s 9:30 Club for two shows, March 22 and 23. From here, they’ll turn left and head west for several months before returning for the long holiday Memorial Day Weekend and DelFest in Cumberland, MD.

The New Jersey-based JamGrass band has a liking for the 9:30 Club and has played there annually since 2013 – this year returning again for back to back nights – with shows that all the east coast Hobos know won't disappoint. Railroad Earth's  name was inspired by Jack Kerouac's short story October in the Railroad Earth.  To paraphrase from Kerouac's inspiration, DC Music Review recommends that you get on the rails and go see Railroad Earth.  

Tim Carbone, Railroad Earth

Tim Carbone, Railroad Earth

The band recently put out their latest album last summer when they released Captain Nowhere, after nearly five years since their previous study album, Last of the Outlaws. The band is well known for its unique touring style of mixing grassy jams with a strong influxes of progressive bluegrass, folk, rock, country, jazz, and Celtic influences. Americana themes dominate their lyrics with strong yearnings for a simple life’s pleasures, and harmony with nature's strong forces.

The band recently lost a long time friend and talented musician and multi-instrumentalist, Andy Goessling.  Andy had a kind spirit and a strong stage presence.  It was often hard to keep up with the count of how many instruments he’d play in a single evening, and often seen to be playing more than one at a time. The band has had a long list of musicians joining them during the last several months, perhaps hesitant to quickly try to fill Andy’s shoes and also definitely showing how diverse they are when various talents can step in and keep the  music tight and the most dedicated Hobos engaged.

The band’s fan base, happily self described as Hobos and Rail Riders are as colorful and diverse as the band is themselves and enjoy a very special relationship with the musicians. The band members are often seen before and after the shows, side stage and front stage ,mingling,  hugging, and sharing a beer and a story with the Hobos, showing a dedicated fan-band relationship built on deep mutual kinship.

Opening for RRE each night in Washington will be Lindsay Lou. Backed by drums, bass, electric and acoustic guitars and mandolin, her sound is rich, expansive and Lindsay's vocals & lyrics are captivating and hit deep.  Her brand new CD, Southland, is a collection of songs examining the range of emotions and complex themes of our changing times; delivered with soulfully fierce intensity and tender intimacy that demands your attention.

(Editor's Note: If you have not read Jack Kerouac's book On The Road, you should read this defining work of Kerouac and the Beat & Counterculture movement of the 1950s.)

Performance Details

Performance Details

Performance

Details


Friday - March  22, 2019

Doors: 7:00 PM

Show: 8:00 PM


9:30 Club (https://www.930.com/)

815 V Street NW

Washington, DC 20001 (Google Maps Link)



Saturday - March 23, 2019

Doors: 7:00 PM

Show: 8:00 PM




Two-Night Pass





About the author
Mark Raker

Mark Raker

Mark Raker is a Washington, D.C. area photographer who pursues a wide variety of photographic subjects and interests. His event photography includes concerts, festivals, food, wine and beer events as well as corporate and other special events in the Washington area.


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