Fiddlefreak doesn’t often cover rock music, and “Americana” is everywhere you look lately, so usually we avoid anything with electrified guitars and drums. But every so often a rock band comes along that combines folk, blues, and soul seamlessly into a pure American sound. (The Band and Creedence come to mind.) A sound so rootsy that it might be called electric folk. Which brings us to the new record from Railroad Earth, titled “Railroad Earth.”
On most of this album, the driving drum and heartbeat bass support layers of mandolin, guitar, and violin that bookend complex harmonies, at times toying with prog-rock concepts. One track (Spring-Heeled Jack) occupies over 11 minutes of your time, and every second of Dead-Meets-Allmans Brand of peach jam is worth it!
I have to admit, I didn’t think that the whole live jam band sound transferred well to the studio. But this one… this one kicks ass in a big way. And who can resist a good train story song? They got my attention, and they deserve yours. This self-described “souped-up string band” is channeling some of the best Americana music being made today.
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