Making rail travel alluring and acoustic music cool, the Railroad Revival Tour’s stop in Austin combined old-time bluegrass sounds, hippie jams and the requisite indie-folk darlings in a mini-festival style show held just east of I-35 at the intersection of 4th & Waller (conveniently located along the railroad tracks).
Old Crow Medicine Show, according to our informal poll of the audience, was the most overlooked of the performers with a lot of “Who are they…?” But their charming-but-kitchey jug-band sound is as front-porch, down-home as it gets and their bursts of rocking jams (“Raise A Ruckus,” “Tell It To Me”) got listeners moving, despite the Texas heat. Twinges of gospel in “Take ‘Em Away” and “My Bones Gonna Rise Again” during which the band was joined by Marcus Mumford and OCMS-alum Critter Fuqua plus the Depression-themed tunes (“I Hear Them All,” “Poor Man”) helped to set the vintage ambiance.
Alex “Edward Sharpe” Ebert and the 10+ Magnetic Zeros followed with Ebert immediately jumping off-stage to balance precariously along the rail dividing the photo pit from the crowd while preforming “40 Day Dream.” Again, Marcus Mumford joined in the fun and Jade Castrinos’ vocals were featured on “River Won’t Flow.” They wrapped up their portion of the show with “Carries On” and “Home,” complete with an adorable little kid joining the ensemble.
Headliners Mumford and Sons, English folk rockers and the aforementioned darlings (they had taped an Austin City Limits show the prior evening and if you’ve had any contact with KGSR in the last months you’ve heard something from their debut record, Sigh No More) were well received, a good portion of the crowd was in attendance solely to see them. They added some new songs to their most popular radio hits, “Little Lion Man” and “The Cave.” On the later, the band pulled a Fleetwood Mac and invited Austin High’s marching band to join, jamming the stage with drums, horns and lots of feathered caps. Old Crows Willie Watson, Morgan Jahnig, Gil Landry and Ketch Secor, Magnetic Zeros Nora Kirkpatrick, Nico Aglietti, and Stewart Cole and Austin favorite, trumpet player Ephraim Owens all made appearances through the set as well.
Appropriately, “This Train” was the last song of the show (see video) and a grand finale of all three bands trading solos, vocals and generally having a good, raucous time while encouraging one last dance and singalong from the crowd before the witching hour of the 10pm music ordinance.
Old Crow Medicine Show Set List
Hard to Love
Down Home Girl
I Hear Them All
Mississippi Saturday Night (New)
My Bones Are Gonna Rise Again (with Critter and Marcus Mumford)
Take ‘Em Away (with Critter)
Hard To Tell
Tell It To Me (with Magnetic Zeros Horn Section)
Raise A Ruckus
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Set List
Up From Below
River Won’t Flow
New Song (Player and the Sea?)
Mumford & Sons Set List
Sigh No More
Roll Away Your Stone
Little Lion Man
Awake My Soul
The Cave (with Austin High Marching Band)
Finale (All Bands)
Photos by Nichole Wagner