To the Mountaintop!

Article Published: Aug. 22, 2012 | Modified: Aug. 27, 2012
To the Mountaintop!

Railroad Earth returns to the High Country to host Music on the Mountaintop Aug. 24-26 in

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Friday, Aug. 24
11 a.m. – Gates open
12:30 to 1:40 p.m. – The Black Lillies
2 to 3:05 p.m. – River Whyless
3:25 to 4:40 p.m. – Greensky Bluegrass
5 to 6:30 p.m. – J.J. Grey & Mofro
7 to 8:30 p.m. – Dr. Dog
9 to 11 p.m. – Railroad Earth

Saturday, Aug. 25
10 a.m. – Gates open
10:30 to 11:15 a.m. – Monroeville
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Holy Ghost Tent Revival
12:45 to 1:45 p.m. – Rose’s Pawn Shop
2:05 to 3:05 p.m. – Naked Gods
3:25 to 4:40 p.m. – The Hackensaw Boys
5 to 6:30 p.m. – Futurebirds
7 to 8:30 p.m. – Dirty Dozen Brass Band
9 to 11 p.m. – Railroad Earth

Sunday, Aug. 26
9:30 a.m. – Gates open
10 to 10:45 a.m. – Stoney Creek Boys
11:10 a.m. to noon – Salem Speaks
12:30 to 2 p.m. – Lary Keel & Natural Bridge
2:30 to 4 p.m. – Railroad Earth Super Jam
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Sam Bush

There’s music, and there’s Music on the Mountaintop.

Then there’s Railroad Earth’s Music on the Mountaintop.

The popular Americana-folk-rock outfit adopted the Boone-born festival as its own, and for good reason.

“What I like about it is the setting,” said Tim Carbone, violinist for Railroad Earth, “the intimacy of it. Those are my favorite things about it … It seems like you’re kind of playing for your neighbors, so to speak.”

Held Aug. 24 to 26 at the Grandfather Mountain Campground in Foscoe, the festival promises three days of neighborly good times – music, art, education and more.

Now in its fifth year, the festival is experiencing somewhat of a growth spurt. “Over the last four years, we’ve only scratched the surface with what we want to do…,” MOTM founder and director Jimmy Hunt said.

Year five brings an additional day of music, a more diverse lineup and, according to Hunt, something invaluable – the support of Railroad Earth.

The band reached out to festival organizers in September 2011 and offered to host, Hunt said, “because they believe in the value of our festival and what it can become.”

“It seems to be a really good fit,” Carbone said.

With Railroad Earth laying the track, the festival boasts performances from, at least, 17 bands during its three-day course, as well as onsite camping, beaucoups of food options, vendors aplenty, band-hosted workshops and plenty of surprises.

Audiences can expect some with Sunday’s Super Jam, in which Railroad will perform with Sam Bush, Larry and Jenny Keel and members of Monroeville for a tribute to folk legend Woody Guthrie.

“The Super Jam was something that was brought to us,” Carbone said. “I put out there the idea of instead of being your typical ‘everybody gets on stage and cluster-plucks,’ just have it be ‘everyone come out and play a lot of Woody Guthrie songs,’ since it’s his 100th anniversary this year.

“… And there’ll be plenty of picking in amongst that.”

Tickets to Railroad Earth’s Music on the Mountaintop cost $99 for three-day admission, while single-day tickets cost $50 for Friday, $50 for Saturday and $30 for Sunday. VIP three-day passes cost $300, and Summit (deluxe) VIP three-day passes cost $420.

For more information, including activities, workshops and camping, and to purchase tickets, visit

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