On Friday, November 23rd, Railroad Earth kicked off their annual two-night “Horn o’ Plenty” Thanksgiving run at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA. After an opening performance from fast-rising quintet Ghost Light, Railroad Earth took the stage. Andy Falco (The Infamous Stringdusters) and Tony Trischka sat in throughout the performance, filling the emotional void left by the recent death of founding member Andy Goessling. The show marked Railroad Earth’s first hometown show since Goessling’s passing, making for an emotional night for the longtime fans in attendance.
Ghost Light members Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling also joined in on the action with Railroad Earth, contributing keys and electric guitar to the second half of the headliners’ second set, including a crowd-pleasing cover of the Grateful Dead‘s “The Wheel”. The show’s encore also featured a prominent tease of “I Shall Be Released”, perhaps a subtle nod to their departed friend.
Railroad Earth w/ Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling – “The Wheel” [Grateful Dead cover, Partial]
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Below, you can view a gallery of photos from the performance courtesy of photographer Vic Brazen.
Setlist: Ghost Light | Sherman Theater | Stroudsburg, PA | 11/23/18
Set: Keep Your Hands to Yourself > This Thing Ain’t Going Nowhere > Come Apart * > Keep Your Hands to Yourself > Old Time Religion > Come Apart
*w/ Living on a Thin Line tease
Setlist: Railroad Earth | Sherman Theater | Stroudsburg, PA | 11/23/18
Set One: Tabhair dom do Lámh, Cold Water (A), Old Dangerfield (A), Lordy, Lordy (B), Bread and Water (B), Just So You Know (B), The Good Life (A) (B), Fletcher’s Bright Life (A) (B) (C), Head (A) (B), Storms (A) (B)
Set Two: Happy Song (B), Bird in a House (B), Old Man and the Land (B), RV (A) (B), Butterfly and the Tree (D) (E), Goat –> (D) (E), Warhead Boogie (D) (E), Potter’s Field –> (D) (E), The Wheel (D) (E)
Encore: Give That Boy a Hand (B)
(A) with Andy Falco on acoustic guitar
(B) with Tony Trischka on banjo
(C) first time played, instrumental
written by Tony Trischka
(D) with Holly Bowling on keyboards
(E) with Tom Hamilton on electric guitar