- Sunday | September 6, 2015
- Gates open at 5 PM, show starts at 6 PM
- Railroad Earth, The Lonely Biscuits, The Vegabonds
The Summer Concert Series comes to an end with another jammin' Labor Day Weekend concert. Join us Sunday, September 6, 2015. Gates open at 5:00 pm and the show starts at 6:00 pm. Bring everyone and enjoy the last big blowout of summer on the grassy Lawn at The AMP!
About Railroad Earth
Musicians play music, and don't necessarily worry about where it gets filed. It's the writers, record labels, managers, etc., who tend to fret about what kind of music it is.
The members of Railroad Earth aren't losing sleep about what kind of music they play; they just play it. When they started out in 2001, they were just a group of guys interested in playing acoustic instruments together. It started that informally, just getting together and doing some picking and playing. Over a period of a couple of months, they started working on some original songs, as well as playing some covers that they thought would be fun to play. Shortly thereafter, they took five songs from their budding repertoire into a studio and knocked out a demo in just two days. Their soon-to-be manager sent that demo to a few festivals, and—to the band's surprise—they were booked at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival before they'd even played their first gig. This prompted them to quickly go in and record five more songs, which were combined with their original demo to make up their debut album, The Black Bear Sessions.
That was the beginning of Railroad Earth's journey. Since those early days, they've gone on to release five more critically-acclaimed studio albums and one hugely popular live album, Elko. They've also amassed a huge and loyal fanbase who turn up to support them in every corner of the country, and often take advantage of the band's liberal taping and photo policy. But Railroad Earth bristles at the notion of being lumped into any one music scene. Not out of animosity for any other artists; it's just that they don't find the labels very useful. They use unique acoustic instrumentation, but they're definitely not a bluegrass or country band, which sometimes leaves music writers confused as to how to categorize them; they're essentially playing rock music on acoustic instruments.
Ultimately, Railroad Earth's music is driven by the remarkable songs of front-man Todd Sheaffer, and is delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band members. They can jam with the best of 'em, as they mix their bluegrass influences with drums and amplifiers, an uncommon practice in the bluegrass world.
When it comes to describing their sound, the band members all have varying takes on the subject: Mandolin/vocalist John Skehan calls it "a string band, but an amplified string band with drums;" Tim Carbone exclaims, "we're a country and eastern band!" Todd Sheaffer hesitantly says, "a suped-up string band? I don't know, I'm not good at this!" Or, as great drummer/singer/mandolin player Levon Helm sums it up perfectly, simply "rock and roll!"
About The Lonely Biscuits
The Lonely Biscuits formed in the Fall of 2011. The Biscuits have gained attention over the past few years while releasing four EPs, two of which reached the top of the Billboards Heatseaker’s Charts, and playing college shows across the country to their loyal and growing fan base. During their sophomore year, the band won the 2013 MTV Woodie Award for College Band of the Year and played the Woodies at SXSW.
The band has become known for its evolving high-energy live show. In 2014, the band played their first headlining tour, playing sold out shows in every city. The Lonely Biscuits have also played Hangout Music and Arts Festival, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and Lollapalooza.
About The Vegabonds
Forming in Alabama in 2009, The Vegabonds hit the ground running. After recording their first album with less than a year under their belts and constant touring around the southeast, The Vegabonds knew it was time for something bigger. From sharing the stage with the likes of Gregg Allman, Charlie Daniels, and Tesla and playing festivals such as The Peach Music Festival, to multiple tours of the U.S. and Europe, The Vegabonds continue to grow and have no plans of slowing down.
Since moving to Nashville in 2012, they have written the strongest material of their career thusfar. Their newest album, What We’re Made Of, is filled with vivid stories and proficient playing that pay respect to their influences, yet are undeniably original, making their “new south rock” style both exciting and relatable. What We’re Made Of, recorded in Nashville at Welcome to 1979 Studios and tracked to tape, is surely The Vegabonds’ best offering yet, and their high-intensity, dynamic live shows will keep fans, both old and new, coming back for more.