On Friday evening, Railroad Earth had a difficult announcement for friends and fans, giving the sad news that the band’s longtime multi-instrumentalist Andy Goessling had passed away. Goessling was an integral member of the group since its inception, helping co-found the fan-favorite folk and bluegrass act and performing a number of instruments including acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, dobro, lap steel, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, and saxophone.This past weekend, Railroad Earth was scheduled for two headlining performances at Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival, which takes place on The Farm in Eureka Springs, AR. To honor their lost friend and band member, the group used the weekend to honor Goessling. Also on hand for the tribute was The Magpie Salute’s Matt Slocum, who was tapped to plays keys across the weekend, as well as friend and bluegrass royalty Sam Bush, who sat in on Sunday evening.The band opened on Saturday with “Sing For Me” featuring lyrics penned by Hazel Dickens that were quoted in a statement RRE posted announcing Andy’s passing. Mandolinist John Skehan then stepped up to the mic and told the crowd they would play the last tune he had the privilege of playing with Goessling. Railroad Earth performed “Tabhair Dom Do Lámh”, a 17th century Irish instrumental written by Ruaidri Dáll Ó Catháin. The English translation of the title is “Give Me Your Hand.”The group continued on with the classic “Long Way To Go” and went on to deliver a career-spanning mix of material through the rain and tears. RRE fit in a handful of covers including Tom Waits’ “Cold Water,” Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” and the Grateful Dead’s “Terrapin Station.” Guitarist Todd Sheaffer took a moment towards the end of the show to talk about the difficult few days the band had and to thank all of the fans for the love and support they’ve received.Railroad Earth returned to the stage on Sunday for a show that saw them joined by Sam Bush for “Where Songs Begin” and “Fisherman’s Blues” to end the opening stanza. The group treated fans to plenty of staples such as “Head,” “Dandelion Wine,” “Lordy, Lordy”, and “The Hunting Song.”Watch video streamed by RRE of Saturday’s concert, as well as fan-shot footage below:Railroad Earth – Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival – 10/13/2018 (Full-Show Video) [Video: Railroad Earth]Railroad Earth – “Sing For Me” & “Tabhair Dom Do Lámh” – 10/13/2018[Video: evenstev]Setlist: Railroad Earth | Hillberry: A Harvest Moon Festival | Eureka Springs, AR | 10/13/2018Set One: Sing For Me, Tabhair dom do Lámh, Long Way To Go, Saddle of the Sun, Grandfather Mountain, Mourning Flies, Came Up Smilin’, Cold Water, StormsSet Two: Harvest Moon, Elko, Blazin’ A Trail, Bird In A House, For Love, Birds Of America > 1759 > Terrapin Station > Seven Story MountainNote: This show featured Matt Slocum on keyboardsSetlist: Railroad Earth | Hillberry: A Harvest Moon Festival | Eureka Springs, AR | 10/14/2018Set One: Soul of a Man, Lordy, Lordy, Head, Dandelion Wine, Farewell To Isinglass > Raven’s Child, Where Songs Begin (A) > Fisherman’s Blues (A)Set Two: Walk Beside Me, Chasin’ a Rainbow, Mighty River, Addin’ My Voice > Lone Croft Farewell, The Hunting Song, Captain Nowhere, Like A BuddhaNote: This show featured Matt Slocum on keyboards(A) with Sam Bush on Violin
On Friday May 11th please join the Chattooga Conservancy at The Block off Biltmore in Asheville for STAY WILD Chattooga, a celebration and fundraiser. There will be a guest speaker, live music, food and a silent auction. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks will be available at the bar. The event is from 6:30PM to 9PM. Tickets are $25 and should be purchased in advance at www.chattoogariver.orgSTAY WILD Chattooga is to celebrate the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act’s 50th anniversary, and Wild & Scenic Chattooga River, whose headwaters start in Jackson and Macon County in western North Carolina.The speaker will be Janisse Ray, author and poet from south Georgia. Her most notable work, Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, has won many awards. Ray has been inducted into the Georgia Writer’s Hall of Fame and was voted one of the top 25 female environmental writers by Outside Magazine.Music will be by Marshall Ballew, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the mountains of western North Carolina. Marshall performs a variety of American musical genres including gospel, jazz, bluegrass, folk and the blues.Silent auction items will feature pastel painting, mosaic, metal art, jewelry, Patagonia clothing and more!The event venue is The Block off Biltmore, Asheville’s first and only vegan, social justice bar and community event space, that is housed in the YMI building, one of the oldest African-American cultural centers in the country.Wadadli Dessert Oasis is the food caterer for the event, featuring vegan interpretations of savory Caribbean dishes and specially crafted modern recipes.For a great time for a great cause, please come and join the Chattooga Conservancy on Friday, May 11th at The Block off Biltmore. Tickets are $25 and should be purchased in advance at www.chattoogariver.org. Proceeds will benefit the Chattooga Conservancy’s work to protect the magnificent Chattooga River watershed.
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Jake O’Neil topped the night 2 Karl Performance Arizona IMCA Modified Tour feature at Arizona Speedway. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography)By Mike Spieker QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (Feb. 10) – After a solid third place effort was negated the night before in post-race tech, Jake O’Neil cruised to the win on night two of the Karl Performance Arizona IMCA Modified Tour at Arizona Speedway. O’Neil started on the pole for the 25-lap main event with Kody Scholpp to his outside. O’Neil led the opening circuit with Scholpp in tow. Meanwhile, Jason Wolla, Casey Arneson and Ethan Dotson raced three-wide for third.The race for third quickly became a battle for second as Dotson and Arneson reeled in Scholpp. Dotson, who was the lone driver in the top five riding the rim around the thin cushion, squeezed around Scholpp for second and brought Wolla with him. Wolla snuck by Dotson for second with 18 laps to go but O’Neil had already stretched his advantage to over two seconds. Lapped traffic slowed O’Neil’s pace significantly, which allowed Wolla to close the gap to just over a half second. Fortunately for O’Neil, the caution was displayed as Wolla was closing in, which allowed for a clean race track ahead for O’Neil on the ensuing restart. Wolla fell back to fourth on the restart at the hands of Dotson and Arneson. O’Neil had checked out on the field once again by the time the final caution erased his lead with four laps remaining. On the restart, a lapped car that had been pitside entered the race track right in front of the leaders. The lapped car ran right in the rubbered up groove, which forced O’Neil to attempt a slide job to get by him.As O’Neil cleared the lapped car, Dotson got a tremendous run and nearly stole the lead exiting turn two. O’Neil was able to hold off Dotson’s charge, as well as a subsequent green, white, checkered restart, to take the $1,500 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory.Dotson, Arneson, Wolla and Scholpp rounded out the top five. Ethan Braaksma backed up his win on Friday night to go back-to-back in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Braaksma took the lead from Chris Toth on lap six and went on to lead the remainder of the 20-lap event. Feature results – 1. Jake O’Neil; 2. Ethan Dotson; 3. Casey Arneson; 4. Jason Wolla; 5. Kody Scholpp; 6. Lucas Schott; 7. Russell Allen; 8. Bobby Hogge IV; 9. Hunter Marriott; 10. Lance Mari; 11. Tim Ward; 12. Dylan Goplen; 13. Cody Laney; 14. Zachary Madrid; 15. Lucas Rodin; 16. Shawn Strand; 17. Spencer Wilson; 18. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 19. Chaz Baca; 20. Chad Andersen; 21. Tyler Mecl; 22. Marlyn Seidler; 23. Bubba Stafford Jr.; 24. Bill Brack; 25. Chris Abelson; 26. Paul Stone.