On New Year’s Eve, Railroad Earth wrapped up a three-night run at Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse to help ring in 2015. Both local Atlantans and those who traveled a long distance for the run were handsomely rewarded as the jamgrass veterans delivered the goods, playing two lengthy and powerful sets for a packed house in the clsasic art deco movie theatre. The excitable, eclectic crowd lapped it all up, whirling away as the sextet of professorial-looking dudes ripped through a heady blend of Americana, jamgrass, and folk-inspired rock and roll. Focus on stage and in the crowd was high throughout the night, and the congenial band members didn’t exhibit an ounce of we’re-really-good-and-we-know-it smugness at any point, instead masterfully plodded through original highlights like “Long Walk Home,” “Dandelion Wine,” and the fan favorite odyssey “Like A Buddha” (among other selections).
Additionally, the band dished out some cool covers — I’m particularly looking forward to re-hearing “Walls of Time” and “The Wheel”. There were more than a few flashes of virtuosic brilliance exhibited throughout the show and it’ll be a treat to relive this night once the recordings surface.
Check out the setlist and gallery below.
Saddle of the Sun
Long Walk Home
Dance Around Molly
Donkey For Sale
Everything Comes Together