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Published on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Railroad Earth Booked for Salem in February

More highly acclaimed musicians, who rely heavily on bluegrass, folk, jazz and rock influences, are headed to Salem in February of 2020. Americana music group, Railroad Earth, will perform at the Salem Civic Center on February 19, 2020. 

“We use unique acoustic instrumentation, but we’re definitely not a bluegrass or country band, which sometimes leaves music writers confused as to how to categorize us,” says singer and violinist Tim Carbone. “We’re essentially playing rock on acoustic instruments.”

Known for its improvisational prowess, Railroad Earth was formed in 2001 in Stillwater Township, New Jersey and to date has released nine albums. If you listen to the band’s music you can certainly hear traditional bluegrass tones, but the members also use drums and amplifiers to compliment the acoustic instruments.

“I always describe it as a string band, but an amplified string band with drums,” says lead singer Tim Carbone. “We’re a Country & Eastern band.”

The music isn’t the only thing different. Unlike most musical acts today, the group has a very liberal policy when it comes to taking photos and recording videos during their shows. For that reason and more, Railroad Earth has cultivated a very large and loyal fanbase that supports the band all over the country.

Tickets for Railroad Earth at the Salem Civic Center go on sale Friday, November 1, at 10 a.m.  Reserved seat tickets are $30 and $75. General admission Pit area tickets are $35. Preferred parking also is available for $5.  Tickets can be purchased at the Salem Civic Center Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. They also can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.  Presale tickets will be available through Ticketmaster.com on Thursday, October 31, at 10 a.m. for Salem Civic Center email club members.