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Railroad Earth perform final concert with bassist Andrew Altman, welcome Lenny Kaye during the Horn O’ Plenty weekend event in Pennsylvania

Railroad Earth perform final concert with bassist Andrew Altman, welcome Lenny Kaye during the Horn O’ Plenty weekend event in Pennsylvania

Photo credit: John Wisdom

This past weekend, Railroad Earth hosted its 11th annual Horn O’ Plenty event at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, about 70 miles outside of the city of brotherly love. The two-day event kicked off with a sit-in by Duncan Wickel on fiddle during the band’s first performance. Then the progressive bluegrass troupe played their final show with bassist Andrew Altman and welcomed Patti Smith’s guitarist Lenny Kaye, who is next door to Tim Carbone, the band’s violinist, on their second and final night.

After Friday’s show began with the original “Walk Beside Me,” Railroad Earth dove into a select selection of songs, including “It’s So Good,” “Saddle of the Sun,” and “Seven Story Mountain.” They continued with select songs on “Crossing the Gap” which led into “Black Bear” and finally “Mighty River” before ending the first set with “Birds of America”.

For the second set on Friday night, the band recorded “Birds in a House,” which segued into “Monkey.” After a few more tunes taken from albums like e.g The good life, the last of the outlaws and electrolytic cap, the band brought out the evening’s guest, Wickle, who added a fiddle to “1759” and played “Fisherman’s Blues” to close the set. Eventually they landed on 2001’s “Cold Water.” The Black Bear Sessions for the encore of the evening.

After completing the first night, Railroad Earth returned to the stage on November 26th for their final performance with Altman, who ended his tenure with the band after 13 years on Saturday night. The bassist spoke candidly with the crowd at the beginning of the second set, discussing his journey with his bandmates and friends and expressing thanks and appreciation to the fans.

After the musician’s speech, the band returned to the music and welcomed Kaye onstage to assist on a mid-set “Blues Highway” and a subsequent Smith-original “Dancing Barefoot.” Railroad Earth ended its last frame with “The Jupiter and the 119” paired with “Runnin’ Wild”. After exiting the stage, the band returned for their encore, which consisted of another thank you from Altman, followed by a powerful duet shared by the latter and Sheaffer on “Long Way To Go.”

Following this weekend’s celebrations, Railroad Earth will be taking some time off the streets before returning for their New Year’s Eve booth at Chicago’s Vic Theater on December 30th and 31st, where they will play alongside bluegrass great Peter Rowan. Tickets remain on sale and can be purchased here.

Scroll down to see this weekend’s setlist.

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November 25, 2022

Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, Pa.

Set I: Walk beside me it’s so good> Saddle of the sun> Seven storied mountain, Crossing the gap> Black bear> Mighty river, Birds of America

Set II: Bird in a House > Monkey, Bread & Water, When The Sun Gets In Your Blood, Hunting Song > Lonecroft Farewell, Driftin > The Bardo > Driftin’ > Come and Go Moon > Like A Buddha > 1759* > Fisherman’s Blues*

Attachment: Cold water

Remarks:

*With Duncan Wickel on violin

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Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, Pa.

November 26, 2022

Set I: Chasin’ A Rainbow> Happy Song, Elko, The Good Life> My Favorite Spot, RV, Farewell to Isinglass> Grandfather Mountain, The Great Divide

Set II: Thanks Andrew, Black Elk Speak, Head, Only By The Light > Mourning Flies

12 Wolves, Blues Highway* > Dancing Barefoot*, The Jupiter and the 119> Runnin’ Wild

Attachment: Andrew thanks go long way ^

Remarks:

* Featuring Lenny Kaye on electric guitar

^ Featuring Todd Sheaffer and Andrew Altman swapping lead vocals

This performance was the band’s last with bassist Andrew Altman

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