The Bands Hit the Rails


Next month, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show are setting off on a very unique tour which will takes them to six cities across the southwestern part of the country. Instead of traveling by tour bus, the bands decided to take it to the rails…and I don’t mean Amtrak. This Railroad Revival Tour will allow the bands to eat, sleep, and record on the train while they travel from venue to venue in vintage railcars. Here are more details from the tour’s publicist:

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.”

Tickets to the performances went on sale a few weeks ago and are sold out in most locations, though the bands said they will release some last minute tickets for the shows.  There seems to still be tickets available for the April 27 show in New Orleans, LA at Woldenberg Park. Here are all the stops on the route:

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


One Response to “The Bands Hit the Rails”

  1. 1 Betsy

    Dear Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and company – if you are reading this blog (which you probably are) – please extend this tour to the Northeast! We promise it will be warm by the time your old fashioned train arrives.

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