Today, Railroad Earth released their highly anticipated Anders Osborne-produced album, All For The Song. The New Jersey-based, folk-flavored hobo jam band travelled to New Orleans to get away and focus on recording new material after the untimely passing of founding member Andy Goessling. The album beautifully displays both the grief that served as inspiration and the syncretic spirit of The Big Easy where it was recorded.
Featuring ten tracks including previously released singles “The Great Divide”, “Come and Go Moon”, and “It’s So Good”, All For The Song is the band’s first studio album since 2017’s Captain Nowhere. After experiencing a terrible shakeup when multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling succumbed to cancer in 2018, the band charted a new path, and in 2019, they announced they were working on a new record with producer and solo artist in his own right Anders Osborne. The record was originally due out in 2020, but did not debut until two years later.
Although the compositions hold true to Railroad Earth’s bluegrass roots and rock n roll spirit, with poignant, contemplative lyrics replete with allusions to nature, the band embraced new influences and a new process for their latest work, calling it a “destination” record.
“From the beginning, the vision was more than just the music,” said guitarist/lead singer Todd Sheaffer. “We looked at this like a ‘destination’ record. Our past records were all made close to home or, in fact, at home. Andy’s passing was very much in the center of our thoughts and our hearts in the writing and recording of this album. Things were so shaken up that we thought it’d be a benefit to go away from all of the distractions and be together. In New Orleans, there is great food and there are great spirits to be shared. I’ll leave the music part of the equation for others to judge, but we surely succeeded in making the bonding part of the vision come to fruition!”
All For the Song is available now on all streaming platforms. Check out the album artwork and listen to tracks in the players below.
Railroad Earth is in the midst of a spring and summer tour. Their next stop will be in Dale, TX for Old Settler’s Music Festival, and they have upcoming festival appearances at DelFest, Dark Star Jubilee, Blue Ox Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Northwest String Summit, Strings & Sol, and more. View a complete list of tour dates and the new album’s tracklist below, and for more information and to purchase tickets, visit the band’s website.
Railroad Earth – “The Great Divide”
Railroad Earth – “All For The Song”
Railroad Earth – All For The Song
All For The Song Tracklist:
The Great Divide
It’s So Good
Showers of Rain
Come And Go Moon
My Favorite Spot
Driftin’ – The Bardo – Driftin’
All For The Song
Railroad Earth Tour Dates:
April 23 – Dale, TX – Old Settler’s Music Festival
May 20 – Kansas City, MO – Bluegrass in the Bottoms
May 21 – Denver, CO – Levitt Pavilion
May 26 – Jersey City, NJ – White Eagle Hall
May 27-28 – Cumberland, MD – DelFest
May 29 – Thornville, OH – Dark Star Jubilee
June 23 – Eau Claire, WI – Blue Ox Music Festival
June 30-July 3 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival
July 8 – Jay, VT – Jeezum Crow Festival
July 16 – Seaside Heights, NJ – Live at the Heights
July 21-24 – North Plains, OR – Northwest String Summit
July 29 – Johnstown, PA – Flood City Music Festival
July 31 – Floyd, VA – FloydFest
August 5 – Del Norte, CO – Rhythms on the Rio Festival
August 21 – Wellston, MI – Hoxeyville
December 7-11 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Strings & Sol