Win Tickets ($50): Railroad Earth @ Roseland Theater | Americana, Rock, Improvisational

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Railroad Earth @ Roseland Theater  on January 13. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, January 8.


From our sponsors:
True West Presents:
Railroad Earth
January 13, 2018
Doors 7 p.m., Music 8 p.m. | $25 – $45 | 21+

Roseland Theater
8 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

There’s a great scene in The Last Waltz – the documentary about The Band’s final concert – where director Martin Scorsese is discussing music with drummer/singer/mandolin player Levon Helm. Helm says, “If it mixes with rhythm, and if it dances, then you’ve got a great combination of all those different kinds of music: country, bluegrass, blues music, show music…”

To which Scorsese, the inquisitive interviewer, asks, “What’s it called, then?”

“Rock & roll!”

Clearly looking for a more specific answer, but realizing that he isn’t going to get one, Marty laughs. “Rock & roll…”

Well, that’s the way it is sometimes: musicians play music, and don’t necessarily worry about where it gets filed. It’s the writers, record labels, managers, etc., who tend to fret about what “kind” of music it is.

And like The Band, 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. As Railroad Earth violin/vocalist Tim Carbone recalls, “All of us had been playing in various projects for years, and many of us had played together in different projects. But this time, we found ourselves all available at the same time.”

Songwriter/lead vocalist Todd Sheaffer continues, “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. Over a couple of month period, we started working on some original songs, as well as playing some covers that we thought would be fun to play.”

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. This prompted them to quickly go in and record five more songs; the ten combined tracks of which made up their debut album, “The Black Bear Sessions.”

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23 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Railroad Earth @ Roseland Theater | Americana, Rock, Improvisational

  1. Leah R. January 2, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

    What a band. I would love to rock out next weekend.

  2. Eric January 2, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

    Jam on!

  3. William Longnecker January 2, 2018 at 6:57 pm #

    I was remiss in not getting on board with these cats sooner!! ❤ Them!!

  4. Fred Hammes January 3, 2018 at 6:18 am #


  5. Cara January 3, 2018 at 7:59 am #

    Perfect for my boo’s bday!

  6. Felecia January 3, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

    I’ve been checking everyday for this event to show up here on PDXPIPELINE! It’s finally here! I really hope to win! MANIFESTING BOOT STOMPING!

  7. Zachary swigart January 3, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

    They were amazing at red rocks, love to see them again

  8. Cormac Burke January 3, 2018 at 8:57 pm #

    Love RRE!

  9. Travis January 4, 2018 at 11:06 am #

    Great band, would love to see them live!

  10. Peter January 4, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

    Would love to go!

  11. Melissa Jasper January 4, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

    It’s been years since I’ve seen RRE. $$$is super tight. Pick me!!!

  12. Amanda January 4, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

    I prefer to call it “slamgrass” but it doesn’t matter. RRE is soulful, sincere and skilled. Having followed them for well over a decade, hearing/seeing how the band has progressed has been a continued inspiration. Here’s to bringing along a couple of friends with whom to share this experience. Cheers!

  13. Roger Leece January 4, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

    Oh man I would so enjoy this show. Been wanting to see this band for some time now. Thank you for the chance!!

  14. Cory January 4, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

    This is where my tracks run deep!!

  15. Jesse January 4, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

    I just wanna see Timmy shred!

  16. roy nifoussi January 4, 2018 at 10:43 pm #

    They are a great band that keeps on getting better. The are great guys as well. Would love to see them (again).

  17. Dave G. January 5, 2018 at 12:06 am #

    I’d like to hop on this Railroad!

  18. Tim_D January 5, 2018 at 7:31 am #

    Great band, but we’ve never seen a live show. This would be so great!!

  19. Marcie January 5, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

    This will be a serious good time! Love Railroad Earth – we’d love to see them live! !

  20. Hannah January 5, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

    I would love to rock out next weekend.

  21. Randy Fix January 8, 2018 at 7:24 am #

    I pulled into Nazareth, was feeling ’bout half past dead
    I just need some place where I can lay my head
    Hey, mister, can you tell me, where a man might find a bed?
    He just grinned and shook my hand, “No” was all he said.
    Take a load off Fanny, take a load for free
    Take a load off Fanny, and you put the load right on me
    I picked up my bags, I went looking for a place to hide
    When I saw old Carmen and the Devil, walking side by side
    I said, “Hey, Carmen, c’mon, let’s go downtown”
    She said, “I gotta go, but my friend can stick around”
    Take a load off Fanny, take a load for free
    Take a load off Fanny, and you put the load right on me
    Go down, Miss Moses, ain’t nothin’ you can say
    It’s just old Luke, and Luke’s waiting on the judgment day
    Well, Luke, my friend, what about young Annalee
    He said, “Do me a favor, son, won’t you stay and keep Annalee company”
    Take a load off Fanny, take a load for free
    Take a load off Fanny, and you put the load right on me
    Crazy Chester followed me, and he caught me in the fog
    Said, “I will fix your rag, if you’ll take Jack, my dog”
    I said, “Wait a minute Chester, you know, I’m a peaceful man”
    He said, “That’s okay, boy, won’t you feed him when you can”
    Take a load off Fanny, take a load for free
    Take a load off Fanny, and you put the load right on me
    Catch the cannonball, now to take me down the line
    My bag is sinking low, and I do believe it’s time
    To get back to Miss Fanny, you know she’s the only one
    Who sent me here, with her regards for everyone
    Take a load off Fanny, take a load for free
    Take a load off Fanny, and you put the load right on me

  22. Kathy Rankin January 8, 2018 at 10:51 am #

    We would love to go to enjoin our youth and times we shared that were better times
    than now. what else can a couple of old people do now a days with all the new
    defangled crappy music on the radio and gas is too expensive to just drive around
    and listen to the old classic rock stations/
    we stay at home and that can get really boring especially with al lthe damned football.
    Help save me I am a sports widow and need a break from the games!
    Please send me and my lovely husband to this show. thank you. we will have fun.
    promise you that much.

  23. madeline nico January 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

    My favorite band!!! Would love to get funky :)

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