Mighty River - Railroad Earth
For our next LCM featured artists we stay in the US and travel to Stillwater, New Jersey the home of Americana Rock band Railroad Earth. Our LCM #TrackOfTheDay is a wonderful live version of 'Mighty River' first released on their 2002 'Bird In A House' album. It was filmed 333-feet below ground, deep inside Tennessee's Cumberland Caverns. We think it has touches of bluegrass rock Bob Dylan.
Our Vinyl Sessions EP was released by the band just over a week ago, 'Mighty River' is one of the tracks included.
The members of Railroad Earth aren’t 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 band’s surprise – they were booked at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival before they’d even played their first gig. This prompted them to quickly go in and record five more songs; the ten combined tracks of which made up their debut album, “The Black Bear Sessions.”