John Skehan of Railroad Earth on jamming and how playing is conversational

Steering clear of strict categorization, the tenured musicians in Railroad Earth have managed to merge multiple genres with bluesy riffs, acoustic instrumentation and a mesmerizing live show. We caught up with mandolinist John Skehan while the group was laying down tracks in a private home studio on the western edge of New Jersey to learn a little bit about how the group manages to keep things exciting on stage by viewing their music as a conversation -- one that can go on all night long if you let it.

See also: - The 25 best concerts this winter/spring - Railroad Earth releasing acoustic set recorded at the Ogden Theatre - Photos: Railroad Earth at Red Rocks, 8/21/11

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Britt Chester is a writer and video producer living in Denver, Colorado. He's covered breaking news, music, arts and cannabis for Westword since 2010. His work has appeared in GQ Magazine, Village Voice, YES! Weekly, Inman News and the Winston-Salem Journal. He likes running, cycling, and interviewing people.
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