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fenceposts: Photography: The Railroad Revival Tour
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Photography: The Railroad Revival Tour

Photo by J. Regan Hutson

In April, 2011, three bands climbed aboard a pair of old train cars in Oakland, CA, and traveled the rails across the American Southwest to New Orleans, LA, stopping in six cities just long enough to unload, play, and pack up for the next leg of the trip. Dubbed “The Railroad Revival Tour”, the line-up consisted of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons (each relatively new with their debut albums less than two years old) and Old Crow Medicine Show (with seven studio albums dating back to 1998).

The result was a diesel-driven rock-fest with a touch of Southern folk. Photographer J. Regan Hutson caught the performance in San Pedro, California and brought back this iconic record of the tour. (Hover over images for caption information.)


Reminiscent Fervor



Photo by J. Regan Hutson
Photo by J. Regan Hutson
Photo by J. Regan Hutson
Photo by J. Regan Hutson
Photo by J. Regan Hutson
Photo by J. Regan Hutson
Photo by J. Regan Hutson
Photo by J. Regan Hutson
Photo by J. Regan Hutson
Photo by J. Regan Hutson
Photo by J. Regan Hutson
Photo by J. Regan Hutson




The Railroad Revival Tour is the subject of a documentary film, set to premier this month. And the tour itself has scheduled a return this year with an all new lineup. Make sure to check their website for updates. For more information on the performers, check out our Artist Spotlights:

Part One – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Part Two – Mumford & Sons
Part Three – Old Crow Medicine Show

J. Regan Hutson is a freelance photographer from South Carolina, who loves shooting live shows, as well as portraits, landscape and travel photography. He has been living and loving in the City of Angels for the past 6 years. Check out more of his work at jreganhutsonphotography.com

Posted on 03/07/2012 12:00 AM by RedFence

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  1. These are fantastic. I particularly adore the last few. The final picture should be an album cover.

    James | Mar 7, 10:43 AM | #
  2. I was at the first stop in Oakland and had an ammmazing time! All 3 bands played very well and even for being the 1st stop it felt like they had been jamming together for a few years. I have seen all 3 bands separately before and to see all 3 together was just a whole different/amazing experience as well. I would recommend anyone who loves music to see these bands/watch the movie!

    Derek Regan | Mar 12, 04:38 PM | #

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