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Classic Railroad Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

Various Artists
Classic Railroad Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

As 19th-century America expanded, so too did the "ribbons of iron" that crisscrossed the vast landscape and sparked the imagination of music-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. 36-page booklet. 71 minutes.

Track Listing

101
An excerpt from "Rail Dynamics" n/a 0:24
102
Train 45 The New Lost City Ramblers 2:18
103
Kassie Jones Furry Lewis 2:56
104
Jay Gould's Daughter Pete Seeger 2:38
105
Railroad Bill Walt Robertson 2:08
106
Linin' Track Lead Belly 1:15
107
Freight Train Elizabeth Cotten 2:43
108
Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill Cisco Houston 2:30
109
Zack, the Mormon Engineer L. M. Hilton 2:02
110
Lost Train Blues Virginia Mountain Boys 2:57
111
The FFV Annie Watson 3:52
112
He's Coming to Us Dead The New Lost City Ramblers 3:15
113
The Train That Carried My Girl from Town Doc Watson 2:18
114
Rock Island Line Lead Belly 2:03
115
Lonesome Train Sonny Terry, Woody Guthrie, and Cisco Houston 3:31
116
John Henry Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston 2:42
117
The Wreck of the Number Nine Rosalie Sorrels 1:36
118
Freight Train Blues Brownie McGhee 3:36
119
The New Market Wreck Mike Seeger 3:39
120
Jerry, Go Oil That Car Harry "Haywire Mac" McClintock 2:37
121
Way Out in Idaho Rosalie Sorrels 3:34
122
Old John Henry Died on the Mountain Henry Grady Terrell 1:55
123
Casey Jones John D. Mounce 0:20
124
Wreck of the Old 97 Ernest V. Stoneman 2:51
125
Midnight Special Lead Belly 2:03
126
Wabash Cannonball Doc Watson 3:17
127
Lost Train Blues Vernon Sutphin 1:13
128
New River Train Iron Mountain String Band 4:26
129
Excerpt from "Three Little Engines and 33 Cars" n/a 0:25

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