Classic Railroad Songs


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Classic Railroad Songs
From Smithsonian Folkways
CD and Booklet
71 min.; 36 pages

As 19th-century America expanded, so too did the "ribbons of iron" that crisscrossed the vast landscape and sparked the imagination of muisc-makers. Work songs, ballads recounting riveting exploits, and instrumental echoes of the once familiar sounds of the steam locomotive have enshrined the railroad in our musical memory. Classic Railroad Songs mines the Smithsonian Folkways archives to create this tribute to a favorite American source of inspiration. Extensive notes.


1.  An excerpt from "Rail Dynamics" recorded by Emory Cook (sounds of a train)
2.  Train 45 - The New Lost City Ramblers
3.  Kassie Jones - Furry Lewis
4.  Jay Gould's Daughter - Pete Seeger
5.  Railroad Bill - Walt Robertson
6.  Linin' Track - Lead Belly
7.  Freight Train - Elizabeth Cotton
8.  Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill - Cisco Houston
9.  Zack, the Mormon Engineer - L.M. Hilton
10. Lost Train Blues - The Virginia Mountain Boys
11. The F.F.V. - Annie Watson
12. He's Coming to Us Dead - The New Lost City Ramblers
13. The Train That Carried My Girl from Town - Doc Watson
14. Rock Island Line - Lead Belly
15. Lonesome Train - Sonny  Terry, Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston
16. John Henry - Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston
17. The Wreck of the Number Nine - Rosalie Sorrels
18. Freight Train Blues - Brownie McGhee
19. The New Market Wreck - Mike Seeger
20. Jerry, Go Oil That Car - Haywire Mac
21. Way Out in Idaho - Rosalie Sorrels
22.  Old John Henry Died on the Mountain - Henry Grady Terrell
23. Casey Jones - John D. Mounce
24. Wreck of the Old 97 - Pop Stoneman
25. Midnight Special - Lead Belly
26. Wabash Cannonball - Doc Watson
27. Lost Train Blus - Vernon Sutphin
28. New River Train - Iron Mountain String Band
29. Excerpt from "Three Little Engines and 33 Cars" - recorded by Vinton Wight (train sounds)


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