Episode 94: Railroad Earth Performs and Todd Sheaffer Speaks

Railroad Earth kindly came into Diamond Street Studios in between the Colorado and Georgia portions of their most recent New Year’s run. The band played three songs from their 2020 release, All For The Song (including the title track). Principal songwriter and lead vocalist Todd Sheaffer stuck around after this performance to chat with Rob and Seth. Todd talks about how the band negotiated their way through the recent devastating loss of founding member and multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling. We learn how his loss influenced the All For The Song record, and how the band still feels him with them as they move forward a different twist on their live sound. Todd talks about how Col. Bruce Hampton was a big part of them finding bassist Andrew Altman, and how Altman in turn brought into the RRE fold another Bruce Hampton alum, Matt Slocumb. Todd jokes around plenty – but gets serious when he recalls the night he and his previous band From Good Homes opened for Bob Weir and Ratdog on the night Jerry Garcia died. The other two songs performed were “Slipping Away” and “The Great Divide.”

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