June 14, 2007
Categorizing Railroad Earth is hard, yet that’s what music journalists inevitably do. They’re bluegrass, but amplified and with drums. The two latter pretty much cancel out the standard definition of the genre, but that’s the closest comparison that can be drawn, even if it’s a progressive one.
Rooted in Flatt & Scruggs, they now carry the torch with arrangements and song treatments that have endeared them to younger fans and the jamband scene. One thing’s for certain: this ain’t your uncle from Kentucky’s bluegrass.
Does it really matter? No, because in truth, what they are is one of, if not the tightest goddamn band of musicians touring today.