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Review: Warren Haynes and Railroad Earth

By Elizabeth Thomas Photos by Nathan Leslie

August 7, 2015

From the moment you pulled into the parking lot across the street from The Fillmore, you knew; row after row of Subarus and hunter green SUVs with Whitewater Center stickers, it was no surprise when you walked inside the venue that you were greeted by a sea of bodies sporting tie dye, Grateful Dead and Gov’t Mule t-shirts and flip flops.

As Railroad Earth took the stage and the $10 beers began to flow, the crowd began to sway, moved by the melodies– and the occasional whiff of marijuana– that floated throughout the building.

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Todd Sheaffer Photo by Nathan Leslie

The band, with Todd Sheaffer on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Tim Carbone with contributing vocals, electric guitar and violin, John Skehan on the mandolin, bouzouki, piano and vocals, Andy Goessling on the banjo, dobro, mandolin, lap steel, penny whistle, flute, saxophone, acoustic guitar and vocals, Carey Harmon on the drums, hand percussion and vocals, and Andrew Altman on the upright and electric bass, rocked it out Tuesday night to a crowd that was equally enthusiastic.

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John Skehan photo by Nathan Leslie

Pumping up the crowd, Warren Haynes, whose resume includes the likes of David Allan Coe, Dave Matthews Band, The Dead, Gov’t Mule and Coheed and Cambria, made an early cameo with Railroad Earth before taking a break and dazzling us all with his eclectic set.

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Warren Haynes photo by Nathan Leslie

When Warren Haynes himself finally took the stage, the audience greeted him with cheers worthy of the musical great that he is. The longtime Allman Brothers’ lead guitarist, backed by his exceptionally-talented friends in Railroad Earth, put on a show that left every foot in the house tapping all night long.

Kicking off his set with Patchwork Quilt, a tribute to the late Jerry Garcia, the Asheville native took the audience on a musical journey: from jam to blues, bluegrass to Fleetwood Mac’s Gold Dust Woman– all with impressive and extensive guitar solos by the self-professed Gibson man.

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Warren Haynes photo by Nathan Leslie

By night’s end, the concertgoers and musicians alike, were covered in sweat, dancing their hearts out and reveling in what was one of life’s great moments.

On tour together to promote their collaborative new album, Ashes and Dust, Warren Haynes and Railroad Earth electrified and mesmerized all who were lucky enough to be inside The Fillmore Tuesday night.

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Photo by Nathan Leslie

Set list: 
Patchwork Quilt
Coal Tattoo
Stranded In Self-Pity
Company Man
Revelator
Is It Me Or You
Word On The Wind
Gold Dust Woman
Blue Maiden’s Tale
Beat Down The Dust
Blue Sky
Spots Of Time

Encore:
Comes A Time
Two Of A Kind Blues

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