Workin' for a Livin'

Workin' for a Livin'

Larry Penn COLL01931

Joe Glazer said of Larry Penn: "[He] is walking in the footsteps of Joe Hill and Woody Guthrie." However, Larry Penn did not always aspire to be a folk musician. A truck driver for his entire adult life, he started playing folk music after stumbling upon an old Lead Belly recording. Twenty years later, he recorded his first album—"Workin’ for a Livin’"—a collection of original songs in which he shares the tales of the hard-working Americans he met on his many travels, argues for social justice and is nothing short of inspirational.

Year Released 1980
Record Label Collector Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2007 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1980 Collector Records
Genre(s) American Folk
Country(s) United States
Instrument(s) Guitar
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Folk songs--United States; Folksong revival; Labor unions--Songs and music.; Topical songs; Truck driving--Songs and music.; Working class--Songs and music

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101 Been Rolling So Long (Truck Driving Man) Larry Penn 5:03
102 The Hammer Song Larry Penn 2:19
103 Tommy The Dishwasher Larry Penn 3:41
104 East Chicago Run Larry Penn 4:21
105 No Self Respecting Hobo Larry Penn 4:42
106 Overtime Larry Penn 3:27
107 John Allen's Railroad Larry Penn 2:38
108 The Edmund Fitzgerald Larry Penn 2:35
109 Song For Sandhogs Larry Penn 2:45
110 Duffy's Truck Larry Penn 2:16
111 Down In Caroline Larry Penn 3:02
112 Union Man Larry Penn 3:42
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