Jamgrass band Railroad Earth rolled into Denver for a three-night run at the Ogden Theatre in Denver. AXS was there Saturday night to get in on the action. Railroad loves Colorado and Colorado loves RRE. The mile high city is a favorite spot for the band to play, and they delivered a great show on Saturday night, complete with a guest sit-in, a couple of debuts, and a special announcement. The Hobos, as their fans are called, were out in full force and Railroad gave everyone something to smile about.The band came out with the rocker “Monkey” and kept up the energy with the bluegrassy “Dance Around Molly” into “Dandelion Wine.” Then came possibly one of their best and most well-known songs “Bird in a House,” a stellar tune and the centerpiece of the first set. They followed it up with another favorite “Been Down This Road.” RRE closed out the first set with the Celtic-tinged “Fisherman’s Blues,” with fiddler Tim Carbone and multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling on pennywhistle driving the melody. The first set left all the Hobos ready for what was to come next.
RRE came back out after a set break with a great second set opener, the fan favorite “Like A Buddha.” Then things got really interesting. The band brought out Leftover Salmon—the Colorado band who basically invented the jamgrass genre—banjo player Andy Thorn. Not only did they bring Andy out but they brought him out to debut a song written by frontman Todd Sheaffer called ‘Blazin’ a Trail.” Andy stayed on for “Head” and traded licks with Goessling and Carbone. The band also took the time while Andy was onstage to announce a Red Rocks show on July 14 with Leftover Salmon. The audience was definitely happy to hear the announcement of two great jamgrass band playing together at Red Rocks.
RRE then jumped into a nice two song segue of “Black Elk Speaks” into “Hangtown Ball,” which is the name of Railroad’s annual festival in the Sierra Nevadas of California. But then they treated us to another debut, an instrumental written by mandolin player John Skehan called “The Berkley Flash.” RRE then close out the set with another two song run, the favorite “Warhead Boogie” into “Chasin’ A Rainbow.” Then a fitting encore of “My Brothers and Sisters followed after an enthusiastic response from the crowd. Overall, RRE was tight and the show had some good energy.
We can’t wait to go see Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, and Keller and the Keels at Red Rocks on July 14. You can follow this link to find tickets to the Red Rocks show. Get your Hobo on! Also, check out a clip of Railroad doing "Addin' My Voice" below.