Railroad Earth returned to Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Saturday night in Morrison, CO, and the band fought through some weather-related delays to deliver a two-set show that featured members of supporting act Fruition during a three-song encore, including a tribute to late legend Aretha Franklin.
The night opened with a special performance from Robert White Mountain, who sang “Love Song For Earth” in the dialect of the Lokota Native Americans. The first set also featured nature-themed songs like “Raindance,” “Mighty River” and “Grandfather Mountain.” The entire show was without RRE’s Andy Goessling, with Jeremy Lawton and Hot Buttered Rum’s Erik Yates joining the band to fill in on multiple instruments.
After a second set that was delayed by, appropriately, nature (in the form of heavy rains and lightning), Railroad Earth returned to the stage for a three-song encore, starting with “Lovin’ You,” which was dedicated to Goessling and featured Fruition’s Kellen Asebroek, Mimi Naja and Jay Cobb Anderson. The trio then stuck around to help Railroad Earth debut a cover of Fruition’s “Mountain Annie,” and the night was closed out with a tribute to Aretha Franklin, who passed away last week, with a cover of “Natural Woman.”
See the full setlist below, along with fan-shot video of the collaborative encore, thanks to YouTube user Kyle Isaac.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
Set I: Love Song for Earth*, Raindance, Mighty River, Grandfather Mountain, Cold Water, Old Man and the Land, Only by the Light, Head, Storms
(Extended set break due to lightning and heavy rain)
Set II: Bird in a House, Elko, Dandelion Wine, Potter’s Field> Lone Croft Farewell, Like a Buddha
Enc: Lovin’ You^, Mountain Annie+, Natural Woman#
Show was without Andy Goessling and featured Jeremy Lawton on keyboards and lap steel, as well as Erik Yates on banjo, dobro and flute.
*Sung by Robert White Mountain in the dialect of the Lakota people
^w/ lead vocal by Kellen Asebroek, with Mimi Naja on Mandolin and vocals and Jay Cobb Anderson on guitar and vocals. Dedicated to Andy Goessling
+w/ vocals by Kellen Asebroek, with Mimi Naja on mandolin and vocals and Jay Cobb Anderson on guitar and vocals; first time played, written by Fruition
#w/ lead vocals by Mimi Naja and Todd Sheaffer, back-up vocals by Jay Cobb Anderson, Kellen Asebroek, and Meghan Letts; first time played, written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin