This past weekend, Railroad Earth headlined two nights of the Hillberry Harvest Moon Festival, welcoming multiple guests and honoring the memory of late band member Andy Goessling in the process.

On Saturday evening, RRE were joined by two members of Yonder Mountain String Band, starting with a first-set-closing run of “Bird in a House” with Allie Kral guesting on fiddle. The band then followed that up with a second-set collaboration with mandolinist Jake Joliff, who joined for “Stillwater Getaway” and “Warhead Boogie.” Railroad Earth were also once again augmented by the talents of keyboardist Matt Slocum and multi-instrumentalist Mike Robinson.

The additions of Slocum and Robinson have been a familiar sight at Railroad Earth shows in the past year following the death of banjoist/multi-instrumentalist Goessling, who passed on Oct. 12, 2018, after a battle with cancer. (Read the band members remembrances of Goessling in this Relix feature from early this year.) RRE honored the anniversary of their friend and bandmate’s passing all weekend, and specifically with a run of “Shockenaw Mountain Breakdown” in the second set on Sunday. The group also welcomed banjoist Kyle Tuttle for “Farewell to Isinglass” and “Hard Livin'” later in the set.

Check out both full setlists below, along with a video shared by Railroad Earth of their final performance with Goessling in Connecticut in August 2018. Next up for the band is a string of headlining shows at their own annual Hangtown Music Festival in Placerville, CA, later this month.

Railroad Earth
Hillberry Harvest Moon Festival – Eureka Springs, AR

Set I: Happy Song> 420, Bread and Water, The Forecast> Only By The Light> Raven’s Child, Chasin’ A Rainbow, Bird in a House*

Set II: ‘Neath the Stars, Long Way To Go, Been Down This Road, Just So You Know, Crossing the Gap> Stillwater Getaway^> Warhead Boogie^> Face With A Hole> Like A Buddha> Give That Boy a Hand

Enc: Walk Beside Me

Notes: Entire show w/ Matt Slocum on keys and Mike Robinson on pedal steel, guitar and banjo
* w/ Allie Kral on fiddle
^ w/ Jake Joliff on mandolin


Set I: Saddle of the Sun> Carrying Coal to Newcastle jam> Mighty River
The Good Life, Game Band Strut> Head, Potter’s Field> Lonecroft Farewell

Set II: Railroad Earth, Shockenaw Mountain Breakdown*, The Jupiter and the 119> Hunting Song> Grandfather Mountain, If You Will Be My Lady, Farewell to Isinglass^> Hard Livin’> 12 Wolves, Midnight Special

Enc: Dandelion Wine

Notes: Entire show w/ Matt Slocum on keys and Mike Robinson on pedal steel, guitar and banjo
* played in loving memory of Andy Goessling
^ with Kyle Tuttle on banjo