Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe, Old Crow Medicine Show Plot Railroad Revival Tour

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Following in the footsteps of the Grateful Dead, The Band, and Janis Joplin, who banded together to tour Canada by train in 1970, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show have announced a joint tour this April that will be conducted by railroad.

The Railroad Revival Tour will find the three acts touring the States by vintage railroad car. The bands will live, record, and no doubt party on the train, which is 15,000 feet long and built from 1950s and ’60s rail cars. It’s a Kerouacian dream.

“From hobos to the wild west, trains have always been a fascination of mine. This tour is going to be rad,” says Edward Sharpe’s Alex Ebert.

Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show adds “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.”

Mumford & Sons’ Winston Marshall chimes in: “”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).”

Get your tickets here. All aboard!

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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  1. Haha… You should probably know the Edward Sharpe isn’t actually a member of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. He’s a fictional character created by frontman Alex Ebert.

  2. Eric – It does not say otherwise in the article. I assume you’re referring to the part:
    “From hobos to the wild west, trains have always been a fascination of mine. This tour is going to be rad,” says Edward Sharpe’s Alex Ebert.

    But indeed, “Haha” if you wish.

  3. Very cool that a currently-hot set of bands will be traveling by rail to a series of dates. We’ve been offering a similar experience, with the additional bonus of having fans being able to experience the journey as well, with live performances on board, since 2003. We’ve got a trip coming up April 3-8 from LA to Portland, OR (with shows on land LA and Portland as well as on board) and back with Dave Alvin, Chris Smither, Peter Case and others… details at

    Very, very good that these guys are bringing the viability of rail transport to a current audience!

  4. Hey if you missed the tickets in Austin, buy some for the Marfa tx stop. Supposed to be an awesome west texas town and if your in austin there is a bus The Marfa Bullet that takes you round trip (and has an open bar). We just gotta get people to fill it up!

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