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Seth Meyers

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True Crime Obsessed

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The Be A Man Experience

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Thu Aug 5th - 7:30PM
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Majah Hype

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One Funny Lisa Marie

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John Mulaney: From Scratch

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Sun Aug 29th - 7:00PM
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POSTPONED TBD – Tanya Tucker w/ Special Guest Walker Country

This show is postponed. New date TBD. Ticket purchasers will be notified.

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Aug 17th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Gabriel Iglesias: Beyond The Fluffy World Tour – Go Big or Go Home

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Aug 22nd - 5:00 PM
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Sun Aug 22nd - 8:00 PM
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PRICE:
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Moved to Chevalier – Steve Hofstetter

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The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Aug 28th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Doug Stanhope

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Sep 2nd - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 3rd - 7:30PM
PRICE:
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A Tribute To The Beatles’ White Album (feat. Christopher Cross, Jason Scheff, Jay Demarcus, Deen Castronovo and Joey Molland)

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Sep 9th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Valerie June

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 10th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Kathleen Madigan: Do You Have Any Ranch?

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 11th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 11th - 9:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $39

An Evening with Antoni

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon Sep 13th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$47

Jay Pharoah

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 17th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35

Indigo Girls

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Sep 19th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Toad the Wet Sprocket

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Sep 23rd - 8:00PM
Openers: Stephen Kellogg
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Fortune Feimster

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 24th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 24th - 10:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Sat Sep 25th - 7:00PM
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PRICE:
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Robin Trower

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Sep 26th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $69

Maz Jobrani: Things Are Looking Bright Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 1st - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $102

Melvin Seals and JGB

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Oct 3rd - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
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Whose Live Anyway?

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Oct 6th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$50

Jess Hilarious

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 8th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35

Norm Macdonald

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 9th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 9th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Andrew Santino

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 15th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 15th - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$26.50 - $36

Amanda Seales Presents: Smart, Funny & Black

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 16th - 7:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$36 - $76

Mike Birbiglia Live!

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Oct 17th - 07:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Mon Oct 18th - 07:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Tue Oct 19th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Oct 20th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$34 - $61

Whitney Cummings: Touch Me Tour

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 2nd - 07:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 2nd - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Paul Virzi

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 22nd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$24

Kyle Kinane: The “So…Where Were We” Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 23rd - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25 - $30

Gordon Lightfoot: The Legend in Concert

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Oct 24th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$50 - $75

Tracy Morgan

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 6th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$65

Pat Metheny Side-Eye With James Francies And Joe Dyson

**PLEASE NOTE** This show is in 2021.

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Nov 7th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$59.50 - $99.50

Chris Fleming: Tricky Tricky

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 12th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 12th - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Ronny Chieng: The Hope You Get Rich Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 13th - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 13th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Nov 14th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $50

Jacksfilms presents YIAY Live Live!

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Nov 16th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $97

Gary Gulman Live

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 19th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37

Sinbad

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 20th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Chris Botti

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 26th - 8:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Nov 27th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$59 - $89

Hot Tuna: Acoustic & Electric

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Nov 28th - 8:00PM
Openers: w/ Special Guest David Grisman Trio
PRICE:
$50 - $75

The Musical Box : A Genesis Extravaganza Vol. II

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Nov 30th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $50

Small Town Murder

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Dec 3rd - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $77

Kurtis Conner

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Mon Dec 6th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$25 - $30

Steve-O’s Bucket List Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Dec 11th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30 - $57

Puddles Pity Party: Unsequestered Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Dec 15th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $119

Taylor Tomlinson: Deal With It Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Dec 17th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Dec 17th - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $137

Countess and Friends Christmas Show

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Dec 18th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $135

Paula Poundstone

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Dec 19th - 07:30 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Andrew Schulz: The INFAMOUS Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Dec 31st - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Dec 31st - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$59 - $100

Eddie Griffin

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jan 7th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$29 - $50

Dave Attell

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jan 14th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
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Demetri Martin: Wandering Mind Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jan 15th - 7:00PM
PRICE:
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The Gilmour Project

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jan 20th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $50

Drew Lynch

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jan 21st - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30

The Kirk Minihane Show presented by Barstool Sports

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jan 22nd - 7:00PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jan 22nd - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$40 - $100

Brad Williams

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 4th - 07:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$27 - $35

Jim Norton

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 18th - 07:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 18th - 9:45PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32 - $104

Preacher Lawson

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Feb 19th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$30

Nick Swardson

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 25th - 07:30 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Feb 25th - 10:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$49

Vic DiBitetto

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Feb 26th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39.50

Beth Hart – The Thankful Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Mar 9th - 08:00 PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Mar 10th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $55

Irish Comedy Tour

Rescheduled from Chevalier Theatre

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Mar 16th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $47

One Night of Queen

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Tue Apr 5th - 08:00 PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$35 - $45

Colin Hay

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Apr 9th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$45 - $59

Todrick Hall: The Femuline Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun May 1st - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Partly seated
PRICE:
$30 - $138

Welcome to Night Vale

Please Note: This show is in 2022

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jun 10th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$32

Bio

There’s a great scene in The Last Waltz – the documentary about The Band’s final concert – where director Martin Scorsese is discussing music with drummer/singer/ma

There’s a great scene in The Last Waltz – the documentary about The Band’s final concert – where director Martin Scorsese is discussing music with drummer/singer/mandolin player Levon Helm. Helm says, “If it mixes with rhythm, and if it dances, then you’ve got a great combination of all those different kinds of music: country, bluegrass, blues music, show music…”

To which Scorsese, the inquisitive interviewer, asks, “What’s it called, then?”

“Rock & roll!”

Clearly looking for a more specific answer, but realizing that he isn’t going to get one, Marty laughs. “Rock & roll…”

Well, that’s the way it is sometimes: 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.

And like The Band, 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 a bunch of guys interested in playing acoustic instruments together. As Railroad Earth violin/vocalist Tim Carbone recalls, “All of us had been playing in various projects for years, and many of us had played together in different projects. But this time, we found ourselves all available at the same time.”

Songwriter/lead vocalist Todd Sheaffer continues, “When we started, we only loosely had the idea of getting together and playing some music. It started that informally; just getting together and doing some picking and playing. Over a couple of month period, we started working on some original songs, as well as playing some covers that we 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; the ten combined tracks of which made 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 one called, “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 bristle at the notion of being lumped into any one “scene.” Not out of animosity for any other artists: it’s just that they don’t find the labels very useful. As Carbone points out, “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. We’re essentially playing rock 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. As mandolin/bouzouki player John Skehan points out, “Our M.O. has always been that we can improvise all day long, but we only do it in service to the song. There are a lot of songs that, when we play them live, we adhere to the arrangement from the record. And other songs, in the nature and the spirit of the song, everyone knows we can kind of take flight on them.” Sheaffer continues: “The songs are our focus, our focal point; it all starts right there. Anything else just comments on the songs and gives them color. Some songs are more open than others. They ‘want’ to be approached that way – where we can explore and trade musical ideas and open them up to different territories. But sometimes it is what the song is about.”

So: they can jam with the best of them and they have some bluegrass influences, but they use drums and amplifiers (somewhat taboo in the bluegrass world). What kind of music is it then? Mandolin/vocalist John Skehan offers this semi-descriptive term: “I always describe it as a string band, but an amplified string band with drums.” Tim Carbone takes a swing: “We’re a Country & Eastern band! ” Todd Sheaffer offers “A souped-up string band? I don’t know. I’m not good at this.” Or, as a great drummer/singer/mandolin player with an appreciation for Americana once said: “Rock & roll!”

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