Mumford + Old Crow + E. Sharpe RR Tour

Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe
& The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show Announce ‘Railroad Revival
Tour’ for April.

 

By Blurt
Staff

 

Taking a
cue from the legendary 1970 Festival Express tour that found the Grateful Dead,
Janis Joplin, The Band and Delaney & Bonnie traveling across Canada via
train (it was made into a documentary film of the same name), this April,
Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow
Medicine Show will embark on a tour that has them traveling exclusively in
vintage railcars. The aptly titled Railroad Revival Tour will feature the three
bands playing concerts at six unique outdoor locations along the route,
beginning April 21st in Oakland,
California.

 

Winston
Marshall from Mumford & Sons is taking a humbled historical perspective on
the tour, saying, “To misquote the great Woody Guthrie, this train is
bound for disgrace. Glorious disgrace. Woody rode with his fellow
drifters around North America; we get to
do it with a bunch of other musicians, although not strangers, from different
corners of the world. A dream come true to be on tour with them, a privilege we
get to do it on a train (one of Britain’s
greatest inventions by the way).”

 

The
Railroad Revival train is 1,500 feet long and consists of 15 vintage railcars
from the 1950s and 60s, pulled by two locomotives. The bands will eat, sleep,
and record on the train as they travel across the American Southwest, bringing
their collaborative vision to fans from California
to New Orleans.
The bands will have equal billing and equal time on stage, in an environment
that encourages creativity and cross-pollination. The entire tour will be the
focus of a documentary that captures the spirit of the journey and gives
intimate insights into the creative process.

 

When
asked about the inspiration behind the Railroad Revival Tour, Alex Ebert of
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros commented, “From hobos to the wild
west, trains have always been a fascination of mine. This tour is going to be
rad.”

 

Added Ketch
Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show, “It’s bound to be one hell of a steel
wheelin, railroadin good time…while the western country rolls by and the
smoke rises blacker than musical notes pouring out of that
stoked-up-and-chuggin iron chariot.”

 

Details
and tickets (which go on sale Wed.) at http://railroadrevivaltour.com.
Each ticket will include an MP3 download of live recordings from the tour as
well as a commemorative ticket custom-designed for each site.

 

 Tour Dates:

 

April 21
 Oakland, CA
@ Middle Harbor Shoreline
Park

April 22
 San Pedro, CA @ Ports O’Call Village

April 23
 Chandler, AZ
@ Arizona Railway Museum

April 24
 Marfa, TX @ El Cosmico

April 26
 Austin, TX @  4th and Waller

April 27
 New Orleans, LA
@ Woldenberg Park

 

 

 

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