Classic Railroad Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

Classic Railroad Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

Various Artists SFW40192

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.

Year Released 2006
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2006 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) American Folk
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) African American; American; Anglo-American
Instrument(s) Autoharp; Banjo; Bass; Fiddle; Guitar; Harmonica; Vocals
Language(s) English

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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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