Bluegrass/Newgrass/Jamgrass Tuesday – Railroad Earth’s new record – “Amen Corner” (Sci Fidelity, June 10)(riyl The Band, Grateful Dead, Felice Brothers)

They don’t call NJ “The Garden State” for nothing. Parts of the state are as beautiful, green and lush as the famed blue grass of Kentucky. So then it should come as no surprise that one of the rising stars of newgrass (for want of a better term) is Railroad Earth from Stillwater, NJ.

Amen Corner is the new record out June 10 on Sci Fidelity (their previous two records were on the revered roots label Sugar Hill). The single is the jam band friendly tune “Hard Livin’” and while the song is certainly catchy enough and is probably indicitive of their energetic live show, it’s the more subdued song “Been Down This Road” that caught my ear. Pre-order the new record here.

Been Down This Road

Hard Livin’

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