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Bird in a House

Railroad EarthAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 4, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • ASIN: B000066AV6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty kind music September 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Boy, do I like these guys.

It's not as though there hasn't been plenty of good acoustic music. Even before "O Brother Where Art Thou?" made bluegrass popular again, there was good jamgrass around: the late great Jerry Garcia (not only with the Dead but also with Old & In The Way), the New Grass Revival, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Tony Rice, David Grisman, and so on have been making that kind of music since long before it was fashionable.

More recently there have been the String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, the Yonder Mountain String Band, and a handful of other fine bands. But as fine as these bands are (and I especially like SCI), I've just had a faint sense that something has been missing, something that had perhaps died with Jerry Garcia.

Then I put this CD into my player. I thought "Drag Him Down" was pretty good, but I wasn't too excited yet. (I hadn't listened very closely.) Then "Bird in a House" and "Like a Buddha" came on. And I said to myself, "Aha -- _that's_ what was missing."

I still don't know exactly what "that" is. But it has something to do with the musical sensibilities of the group's primary songwriter Todd Sheaffer (formerly of From Good Homes) and the tremendous array of acoustic talent in this six-person combo.

Lots of listeners have compared these guys to the Dead of the _Workingman's Dead_/_American Beauty_ period, and also to Garcia's aforementioned Old & In The Way. (And not just because From Good Homes used to open occasionally for Ratdog.) Oddly, Railroad Earth doesn't sound like either of those bands at all, and yet there's quite a lot to the comparison.

Take _Workingman's Dead_, for example. It sounds, on the surface, like more or less traditional American acoustic music.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, fresh, uplifting jamgrass! June 22, 2002
By J. Ross
Format:Audio CD
Jamgrass music is turning a lot of heads these days, with its eclectic sounds that blend bluegrass and rock music. This mutated hybrid genre is building a large fan base, although some feel that many mu-grass bands and practitioners have yet to really deliver a signature sound. Railroad Earth, on the other hand, is a relatively new band fronted by Todd Sheaffer that is demonstrating some of the strongest songwriting, vocals, and instrumental pyroclastics to hit the jamgrass scene in quite some time. Their music has infused some new life into a genre that seemed to be getting rather tedious.
Presumably this band takes their name from the Jack Kerouac poem "October in the Railroad Earth," an uplifting piece that begins with a meticulous description of a mad street scene. As Kerouac starts to hallucinate, one realizes their own place in the universe. Like Kerouac's free-blowing improvisational writing style, Railroad Earth's music is also visionary.
Railroad Earth is comprised of musicians who once played in various Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey bands until they realized they shared common musical interests and came together. Lead singer/guitarist Todd Sheaffer was a founding member, front man and primary songwriter for the band, From Good Homes, who recorded for RCA and frequently opened for Ratdog. Fiddler Tim Carbone and multi-instrumentalist/banjo-player Andy Goessling were both founding members of The Blue Sparks from Hell, who toured the eastern seaboard for years to packed houses. Mandolinist John Skehan played, toured and recorded with a number of bluegrass and rock bands over the past few years. New Yorker Carey Harmon played drums and percussion with the regional touring band, The Hour.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure smokin' honey heat moonshine harmonies! October 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I was turned on to these guys at Telluride, where they absolutely turned it out in the Fly Me to The Moon Saloon one post-festival evening. I've seen them again since in San Francisco and they seemed to have gotten twice as nice! This band is really cruising right now -- churning out beautiful new material, blowing up show after show. I can agree with the other reviewers in that they are not easily classified into any single genre of music: rock, bluegrass, folk, whatever. Instead, they offer something that has such amazing range that it can touch many different styles and sounds at once -- watch how easily they segue into a New Orleans brass sound at the end of "Came Up Smilin." Bluegrass may or may not continue to attract mainstream attention but Railroad Earth will succeed either way because they offer something so incredibly unique and wonderful.
Prepare yourself for the unstoppable urge to leap around your living room until you crash through the coffee table . . .
also, check out the Black Bear Sessions and Shaeffer's Solo Work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a hair less exciting than the Black Bear Sessions November 1, 2002
By A fan
Format:Audio CD
What can one say about this CD. This band has the magic - the ability to pull so many varying aspects of music together that it should please everyone at the same time. I count it mainly towards Todd Sheaffer's incredible songwriting and his incredibly smooth voice. For example, Peace on Earth is a good song on this album, but he does not sing it and it shows. It is just not the same. Who else could come up with such an enchanting diddy - a song so simple yet so sweet like "Came Up Smilin'". I can listen to that song all day and smile from ear to ear each time.
I saw these guys yesterday and it was a riot to see Todd dressed as a cow with everyone wanting to pull on his utter! It was Halloween of course. The point is that they are better live and that is why I'll say the first album is just a fraction better for me. I agree with the above comment about this perhaps being rushed a hair and overproduced in a few small spots, but this nitpicking overall. This cd should be in every persons collection who has made so far as to be reading this review. This band will reach at least cult status if they never hit the mainstream. of course, I like having room to move when I see them live, so I could care less if they sell out MSG someday or not.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Mighty River and Bird in a House are the best part of this album.
Published 1 month ago by Paul Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars One amazing album
One amazing album. More traditional bluegrass as opposed to the directions they went thereafter, growing into something even greater. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Yes
5.0 out of 5 stars oh my
talking with a music buff friend after purchasing this album, i realized i'm a late comer to this bands delightful sounds. They've gone and moved up in the music world. Read more
Published 7 months ago by wac
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent musicians and songwriters.
I highly recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys well written intricately played music. This is what I would call Americana Bluegrass. Read more
Published 14 months ago by bongo
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THEM
This is by far my favorite RRE album. I have both the CD version and the entire thing on my IPOD. I do a lot of traveling and this one is definitly an album you can sing along to... Read more
Published on March 10, 2011 by Kathleen Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great listen!
How could anyone go wrong listening to Railroad Earth? This is a fine recording!
Published on May 28, 2010 by R. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Surprisingly ECSTATIC!
I have never heard of Railroad Earth before but as they are a band on the All Good Festival line-up, I decided to check out some of their stuff. Read more
Published on March 27, 2008 by Natalie High
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
dave von dollen is my math teacher and band teacher for real the same person that is in this band or well was in this band. but yea i really like the music and i would recomend it
Published on March 10, 2007 by bmx
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE CHECK THIS BAND OUT
I happened to hear of these guys by chance, word of mouth, and I cant be more thankful. RRE music is timeless. I'm a true rock n roller, I dont know how to describe this band.. Read more
Published on September 2, 2005 by Scuzzles
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Band You Have Never Heard
Ok, maybe you have heard of them and that's why you are here reading this, but if you are new to RailRoad Earth you have just found something that will inspire you like nothing... Read more
Published on March 22, 2005 by G. S. Thompson
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