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Andy Goeesling trio
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Infamous Stringdusters – The Old Town School Of Folk Music – 2009-12-31

Infamous Stringdusters – The Old Town School Of Folk Music – 2009-12-31
The Infamous Stringdusters
2009-12-31(early show)
Old Town School Of Folk Music
Chicago, IL

Eight Channel Matrix Of:

Neumann skm184(DIN/Table W/6′ High) > Sound Devices Mixpre > MOTU Ultralite mk3 > PC(Sonar 7 16/48)
Nak300’s(~NOS/Table W/5.5′ High) > MOTU Ultralite mk3 > PC(Sonar 7 16/48)
Shure ksm137’s?(sm. diaphragm condensers/on-stage/DFC/2′ High) > MOTU Ultralite mk3 > PC(Sonar 7 16/48)
SBD > MOTU Ultralite mk3 > PC(Sonar 7 16/48)

>>> Tracked to 4 stereo tracks and post mixed on PC(Sonar 7 16/48[mix/resample to 44.1]) > CDWave(Tracking) > FLAC(16/44.1)

Recorded By: John Fairbairn
Mixing By: John Fairbairn

Set 1
1. Intro
2. I Am A Stranger
3. Gettin’ Down The Road
4. One More Bridge
5. High On A Mountaintop
6. Blackrock
7. End Of The Line
8. Deep Elem Blues
9. Long & Lonesome Day
10. Wichita Stomp
11. Well, Well
12. Blue Moon Of Kentucky*
13. Walking In My Sleep*

* w/ Uncle Earl


This show, is off the hook (to say the least). The dynamics and sound this band produces is just so crisp, you MUST love them. All of these guys LOVE their job, and their band mates who are all good friends to them. They really do produce the best bluegrass around in my honest opinion. Jeremy Garret on fiddle, has such a soothing voice, and can blow your mind with his fiddle, a Falco can tear your brain with his dobro playing, Andy Hall is one of the best bluegrass guitarists to come out recently, Travis Book is also the best bluegrass bassist in my opinion, Chris Pandolfi; the prince of banjo playing, and to round out the group, Jesse Cobb melting your face with the mandolin.

I decided to review the 2010 NYE instead of the 3 shows I have been to just because the sound that this matrix provides is just beyond comprehension, it just soothes the soul to say the least.

First the Stringdusters pulled out a tune I Am A Stranger, with beautiful harmonies, and picking to match it… Then The Likes Of Me comes up, and it’s time for some funk to be throw down, the instrumental conversations the guys produce are really impressive, and helps the crowd get on the dancefloor and doing just that; dancing. I love the elongated jams that this band produces, showing  that they can expand their bluegrass label and jam just as much as anyone can. A very pure bluegrass esqe song One More Bridge comes up next, and is very tight, as all of the pure bluegrass these guys do is.

High On A Mountain Top; a very slow, but jam packed tune is up next, Travis Book (bass and vocals) sings this very hypnotic song, and the other band members come in for the chill-giving harmonies. I love the dobro part on this tune, as well as what the other guys add of course, the conversations between the instruments show that these guys can do what the Allman Brothers do, just accoustic style. One last note I want to make on this tune is that Chris Pandolfi (banjo) throws down with some of the best banjo playing I have ever heard. Blackrock is up next, another catchy jam, I love it. That’s all I can say, but what’s not to love about this band? This is definitely a favorite of my Infamous Stringdusters jams. A short tune called End Of The Line is up next, very pleasant bluegrass.

Next a classic tune that Jerry Garcia used to do, Deep Elem Blues, which is just amazing for the fact that Jerry did it, and the tune allows a lot of great jams. Long & Lonesome Day and Witchita Stomp both follow which were great versions of the tunes.

Following that, is my favorite Stringduster tune, Well Well, it’s a song with everything in it; jamming, harmonies, a story, and just great musicianship. For the final two songs, Uncle Earl comes on, and they have a group jam, wow, what a show, must have been amazing to be at.

Railroad Earth – Fox Theatre – Colorado – 11/19/09


Railroad Earth – Fox Theatre – Colorado – 11/19/09

Set I: Seven Story Mountain, Drag Him Down, Been Down This Road, Reuben’s Train, Water Fountain Quicksand, The Forecast, Fisherman’s Blues

Set II: Colorado, Lordy, Lordy, Right in Tune, The Hunting Song> 1759, Crossing the Gap, Birds of America, Lovin’ You, Mighty River, Little Rabbit

Encore: Long Way To Go, Catfish John

Wow! What a show! The boys were on for the Fox, starting with Night 1!

One of the best 2009 first sets I have heard (honestly). The 7 Story Mountain was really trippy, but tight. It shows how the band can play that song with little intensity, or extreme intensity and it still sound amazing either way. They jam it out in the beginning, then go into 7 story, and following with a nice gem, Drag Him Down. Drag Him Down is really enjoyable, and  definitley a song to rock out to, to say the least. Todd loves singing that tune as you can tell, and it’s been in the circulation for a while. Following Drag Him Down, Railroad Earth brings out a Amen Corner favorite; Been Down This Road, a very emotional and slow tune :).

Afterwards, Reubens Train comes in, and the band BLOWS it up, as usual, everyone was on fire for this song, making for a great time had by all I’m sure. Timmy throws down some mesmorizing playing, as the crowd is yelling. Right after Reubens the Carey pulls out the beat for Waterfountain Quick Sand, and the wahdoo wah doo wah dibby due due doody doody doo doo dah doodah dee due comes out, and Skehan immitates that vocals with his mando 5 times faster, which I always loved about the intro of this tune. I would love to get to hear this live again, because it is such a rarity, that you know when they pull it out now-a-days; Railroad Earth means business. Andy completely SHREDS on the guitar, and Skehan pulls out mando licks that surprise even the biggest Skehan fanatics. Timmy puts in his talent too, wowing the crowd even more.

My favorite Amen Corner tune is up next, “The Forecast” which is a psychadelic, dreamy, and jammy tune. I heard this tune the first time played live at the Morristown Community Theatre, 6/28/2008 and was front row and center for the Warhead>Forecast tune. This is also a song that I don’t mind getting every show I go to, because it’s just as amazing as the last time. I can really love the lyrics, as well as the meaning to the song… You can read about the purpose, and uprising of “The Forecast” here on RailroadEarth.com  in a interview with Todd Sheaffer :


At certain parts of this song, the jams get so intense, you feel like the walls and ceiling will cave in, and that you can’t take the intensity, until suddenly the jam lightens up and your left with your jaw wide open, as if just witnessing an alien encounter.

And then Colorado gets Fisherman Blues! A really amazing song, that Todd and the whole band has so much fun with, and is just really catchy. The hobos are singing along, Todds belting it out, and Timmys shredding, could you ask for more?

That’s the end of the set, but the 2nd set starts off with Colorado, a song written about the state they are playing in back in 2001 when they played the Tell U Ride bluegrass festival on there first tour. I love this tune, heard it in Connecticut back in January, and have loved it ever since, the whole crowd LOVES this song, and can’t stop singing along/cheering.

Next is Lordy Lordy, a song full of percussion and intrumental harmonies. The vocal harmonies are extremely enjoyable as well.

Afterwards, Right In Tune comes in, with Andy tearing it up on the Dobro, Todd wailing it vocally, and the crowd sings-a-long.

Hunting Song is next, and is another song full of jamtastic vibes. This song is actually Way Down Inside by From Good Homes, but I guess Todd changed the name just to make it seem more original, since the band puts a different vibe on it then From Good Homes does. Todd rocks it out with his guitar, and the crowd can’t get enough. The Huntering Song goes into 1759, which means John Skehan on the Irish Bozouki, a new but fun instrument for Skehan, and he just TEARS it up… The intros are always different, but the jams always get psychadelic and funky, gotta love this tune. The Hunting Song and 1759 is a SICK combination for sure. Wouldn’t mind hearing it in person one day. John plays with such furiousness on the Bozouki, which is so cool to see done in 1759.

Crossing The Gap follows 1759, a song done before Amen Corner, but recorded on Amen Corner as well, Timmy loves this tune, he sings it, and works hard on the fiddle at the same time, definitely a treat, and a nice song to get every once in a while.

The crowd gets there Birds Of America, and man are they happy, it’s time to rock it out, as they always do with this song, and the crowd loves to groove along to Birds Of America, as does the band loves playing it. It’s one of the most funky songs Railroad does, and it has been added into circulation more often. Afterwards, the Fox Theatre gets to hear another song off of Amen Corner… Lovin You. Which is a deep; meaningful’ and emotional song, like many others off of Amen Corner, with some great playing, singing, and emotion combined to make for a beautiful song.

A older and more traditional Railroad Earth song Mighty River is next. The band really lets loose on this tune, and it’s always a great song to hear at a show. Grubb is right on with his bass playing, and the harmonies of Todd, Timmy, and Carey, are really breath taking at times. Next, is Little Rabbit, and it’s definitley hot hot hot. Timmy tears it up on the fiddle, as does Andy on the guitar, John on the mandolin, and Grubb on the bass.

For the encores, the Fox gets Long Way To Go, a classic Railroad Earth tune, which everyone knows the words to, and lets the band know that they do. I love to hear this song every once in a while, and listening to this recording, this was a great version to say the least.

The final encore is a old; Old & In The Way tune, “Catfish John”, and Railroad Earth does an amazing version of this tune, I love it when Railroad Earth does Grateful Dead related tunes, and this is for sure one of my favorites.