Railroad Earth held its annual Horn~O~Plenty getaway weekend in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania over Thanksgiving weekend at the Sherman Theater. Railroad Earth gave all the hobos plenty to be thankful for!
Cabinet was slated to open for Railroad Earth on Friday. By the time Cabinet took the stage, the Sherman Theater was packed! From the opening notes of Poor Man’s Blues, you just knew the band was going to throw down a smokin’ set! Boy oh boy did they ever! They had the crowd swaying with every beautiful note of Caroline. My favorite of the set was Dirt– it was straight FYREEEE! Railroad Earth’s Andy Goessling joined them on soprano sax for Went To See The Gypsy! They ended their set with a foot-stompin’-fun Heavy Rain, leaving everyone wanting more! Give the set a listen here: https://archive.org/details/cabinet2013-11-29.schoepsMK41V.sbd.flac16
Railroad Earth opened their set with a heavy-hitting Spring Heeled Jack, setting the tone for the night. Dance Around Molly>Dandelion Wine had everyone movin’ and groovin’ on the dance floor. They slowed us down with a Came Up Smilin’ that had the crowd beaming with joy! The highlight of the set for me was Grandfather Mountai,n a new piano-driven song from their new studio album “Last Of The Outlaws.” It was a beautiful way to end set one!
Set two was jam packed with musical delight! Drag Him Down had everyone’s head in the clouds soaring higher and higher with every note! They continued with an uplifting Old Man and the Land that sky rocketed us even further into the clouds! During Cuckoo Medley, I thought for sure our feet would never touch the ground again! When they launched into Untitled #12, everyone’s energy in the Sherman Theater (including the band’s) went through the roof! ! Cary and Andrew got locked into a tight groove that drove the band deeper into the abyss during Warhead Boogie, which flowed into another new tune from Last of the Outlaws, When the Sun Gets in Your Blood! They closed the set out with a ridiculously fun Head, that spilled over into the encore of Magic Foot>RV!
Saturday night marked the first time in a long time that I was not working a show, but was there purely as a fan. If there was ever a night to take off and take in a show it was this night! On the last night of Horn~O~Plenty, Peter Rowan and Railroad Earth did Old & in the Way in its entirety! Even before they took the stage, you could feel the love and happiness radiating from the crowd. As I looked around I only saw smiling Hobos all beaming with joy! As Peter Rowan and Railroad Earth took the stage everyone erupted into cheers. As Pig in the Pen started, it was hard to tell who was happier, the band or the audience. Clearly Railroad Earth was just as ecstatic as we were about what was happening! As Midnight Moonlight started, so did the sing-along and tears of joy flowed from almost everyone around me. My favorite from this set hands down was Wild Horses. Not because it was the best of the evening, but it happens to be one of my favorite songs and to hear it done with Railroad Earth and Peter Rowan is something I will never forget! They brought out Yungchen Lhamo to sit in on Land of the Navajo. Her vocals took my breath away. I have seen some amazing vocalists in my time, but never of her caliber.
The last set of the weekend was truly special. We were treated to two more songs from the new album, Chasin’ a Rainbow and One More Night On the Road. Peter Rowan and Yungchen Lhamo sat in on a mind-blowing Cold Rain and Snow and Walls of Time! I think the song Railroad Earth encore was a perfect selection and sums up this year’s Horn~O~Plenty…”Oh, Mama, ain’t it good to be alive” Yes, yes it is!