Theres a great scene in The Last Waltz the documentary about The Bands 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 youve got a great combination of all those different kinds of music: country, bluegrass, blues music, show musicTo which Scorsese, the inquisitive interviewer, asks, Whats it called, then?Rock & roll!Clearly looking for a more specific answer, but realizing that he isnt going to get one, Marty laughs. Rock & rollWell, thats the way it is sometimes: musicians play music, and dont necessarily worry about where it gets filed. Its 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 arent 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 bands surprise they were booked at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival before theyd even played their first gig. This prompted them to quickly go in and record five more songs; the ten c
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