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Classic Railroad Songs from Smithsonian Folkways
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Album: Classic Railroad Songs from Smithsonian Folkways
# Song Title   Time
1)    Rail Dynamics (Excerpt) - Emory Cook (Excerpt)
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 Cotten
8)    Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill - Cisco Houston
9)    Zack, The Mormon Engineer - L.M. Hilton
10)    Lost Train Blues - Virginia Mountain Boys
11)    F.F.V., The - Annie Watson (previously unreleased)
12)    He's Coming to Us Dead - The New Lost City Ramblers
13)    Train That Carried My Girl from Town, The - Doc Watson
14)    Rock Island Line - Lead Belly
15)    Lonesome Train - Cisco Houston/Sonny Terry/Woody Guthrie
16)    John Henry - Cisco Houston/Woody Guthrie
17)    Wreck of the Number Nine, The - Rosalie Sorrels
18)    Freight Train Blues - Brownie McGhee
19)    New Market Wreck, The - Mike Seeger
20)    Jerry, Go and Oil That Car - Harry McClintock
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 Blues - Vernon L. Sutphin
28)    New River Train - Iron Mountain String Band
29)    Three Little Engines and 33 Cars (Excerpt) - Vinton Wight (Excerpt)
 

Album: Classic Railroad Songs from Smithsonian Folkways
# Song Title   Time
1)    Rail Dynamics (Excerpt) - Emory Cook (Excerpt)
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 Cotten
8)    Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill - Cisco Houston
9)    Zack, The Mormon Engineer - L.M. Hilton
10)    Lost Train Blues - Virginia Mountain Boys
11)    F.F.V., The - Annie Watson (previously unreleased)
12)    He's Coming to Us Dead - The New Lost City Ramblers
13)    Train That Carried My Girl from Town, The - Doc Watson
14)    Rock Island Line - Lead Belly
15)    Lonesome Train - Cisco Houston/Sonny Terry/Woody Guthrie
16)    John Henry - Cisco Houston/Woody Guthrie
17)    Wreck of the Number Nine, The - Rosalie Sorrels
18)    Freight Train Blues - Brownie McGhee
19)    New Market Wreck, The - Mike Seeger
20)    Jerry, Go and Oil That Car - Harry McClintock
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 Blues - Vernon L. Sutphin
28)    New River Train - Iron Mountain String Band
29)    Three Little Engines and 33 Cars (Excerpt) - Vinton Wight (Excerpt)
 
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  • Personnel: Mike Seeger (vocals, guitar, banjo, autoharp); Tracy Schwarz (vocals, guitar, fiddle); Doc Watson (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Cisco Houston, Elizabeth Cotten, Furry Lewis, Walt Robertson , Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Brownie McGhee (vocals, guitar); Eric Davidson, Pete Seeger (vocals, banjo); Henry Grady Terrell (vocals, percussion); Rosalie Sorrels, Annie Watson (vocals); John Cohen (guitar, banjo); Bobby Harrison (guitar); Ivor Melton (mandolin); Caleb Finch, Glen Neaves (fiddle); Vernon L. Sutphin, Sonny Terry, John D. Mounce (harmonica).
  • Recording information: Athens, GA (02/20/1942-07/03/1981); New York, NY (02/20/1942-07/03/1981).
  • Editor: Carla Borden.
  • Arrangers: Doc Watson; Huddie Ledbetter; A.P. Carter.
  • Smithsonian Folkways ninth installment of its popular Classic Series chronicles the golden age of the American railroad. Classic Railroad Songs from Smithsonian Folkways picks up where 2004's Classic Maritime Music collection left off, unearthing previously unheard of gems from their archives along with classics from some of the genre's finest practitioners. Twenty-one of these remarkable folk songs, field recordings, tall tales, and work songs appear on CD for the first time, from the crisp a cappella "F.F.V.," performed by Annie Watson (mother of Doc Watson), to Cisco Houston's rousing "Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill" from his 1968 Sings American Folk Songs anthology. Compiled by Grammy Winner Jeff Place, Classic Railroad Songs is enriched by rare photos from the Library of Congress and there are detailed liner notes for each and every one of the 29 cuts which provide a glimpse into the hobo lifestyle of legendary characters like Harry McClintock, Leadbelly, and Furry Lewis -- the latter lost a leg in 1917 in a railway accident. ~ James Christopher Monger
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Dirty Linen (p.86) - "[S]tocked full of beloved and obscure trains songs. This generous collection brings together 29 blues, country, old-time, and folk tunes with railroad themes..."
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