Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
On May 19, 1903, Horatio Nelson Jackson, a 31-year-old doctor from Burlington, VT, made a 50-dollar bet that he could drive an automobile from San Francisco to New York City in less than three months. Four days later, he left California in a two-cylinder "horseless carriage" with a top cruising speed of 30 miles per hour and began America's first transcontinental road trip. Horatio's Drive is the soundtrack to a Ken Burns documentary on Jackson's historic cross-country jaunt and features reinterpretations of popular songs of the day "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home", rags "Mississippi Rag," "Tiger Rag", traditional pieces "Cripple Creek," "n' Gambler" and ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
On May 19, 1903, Horatio Nelson Jackson, a 31-year-old doctor from Burlington, VT, made a 50-dollar bet that he could drive an automobile from San Francisco to New York City in less than three months. Four days later, he left California in a two-cylinder "horseless carriage" with a top cruising speed of 30 miles per hour and began America's first transcontinental road trip. Horatio's Drive is the soundtrack to a Ken Burns documentary on Jackson's historic cross-country jaunt and features reinterpretations of popular songs of the day "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home", rags "Mississippi Rag," "Tiger Rag", traditional pieces "Cripple Creek," "n' Gambler" and contemporary songs that fit the motif "Back 'N' Forth in Pahrump, Nevada", recorded by the likes of Tony Ellis, John McKuen, and Bobby Horton, as well as brief talking interludes by Tom Hanks as the voice of Horatio and cameos by Tom Bodett and George Plimpton. Although much of the music here becomes incidental when divorced from the visual portion of the documentary, it is bright and pleasant on its own, and there are several highlights, including Ellis' pretty banjo piece, "Straw Dolls," Todd Phillips' slowed-down take on J.P. Nestor's fiddle romp, "Train on the Island," and Bobby Horton's guitar version of Jimmie Strothers' odd "Blood-Stained Banders." In all, Horatio's Drive feels like a facsimile of the music for America's first road trip and it works as such, but there is no dust, dirt, or grit here, and one kind of wishes Burns could have licensed the old 78s for some of these songs -- scratches and all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 827969065921
  • Catalog Number: 90659
  • Sales rank: 215,830

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 He'd Have to Get Under - Get Out and Get Under - Bobby Horton (2:31)
  2. 2 Horatio Nelson Jackson (Setting Out) (0:49)
  3. 3 Back 'N Forth in Pahrump, Nevada (2:52)
  4. 4 Train on the Island - Todd Phillips (2:47)
  5. 5 Kansas City Kitty (1:47)
  6. 6 Livery Stable Blues (3:06)
  7. 7 Lagrima - Bobby Horton (1:28)
  8. 8 Cripple Creek - Bobby Horton (3:58)
  9. 9 Mississippi Rag (1:50)
  10. 10 Mountain Medley (3:29)
  11. 11 Horatio Nelson Jackson (Frightening Horses) (0:38)
  12. 12 Wade's Dixieliner Special Railroad Blues #9 - Tony Ellis (1:18)
  13. 13 Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie - Bobby Horton (2:12)
  14. 14 He'd Have to Get Under - Get Out and Get Under (2:28)
  15. 15 Carolina Traveler (2:28)
  16. 16 Gasoline Gus and His Jitney Bus - Bobby Horton (2:40)
  17. 17 Steppin' Out - Bobby Horton (2:21)
  18. 18 Storm Music (0:53)
  19. 19 Blood-Stained Banders - Bobby Horton (1:31)
  20. 20 Rovin' Gambler - Bobby Horton (2:02)
  21. 21 Idanha Chieftain (First Car in Soda Springs) (0:48)
  22. 22 River of No Return (2:56)
  23. 23 Shenandoah - Bobby Horton (3:11)
  24. 24 Straw Dolls - Tony Ellis (2:28)
  25. 25 Horatio Nelson Jackson (Just Watch Me Now) (0:28)
  26. 26 Carousel - Bobby Horton (2:42)
  27. 27 Tiger Rag (3:08)
  28. 28 Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home - Bobby Horton (2:13)
  29. 29 New York Herald (Arrival in NYC) - George Plimpton (0:37)
  30. 30 Yogi's Lament (1:55)
  31. 31 Cecile (1:14)
  32. 32 Newspaper (Fined for Speeding) (0:29)
  33. 33 He'd Have to Get Under - Get Out and Get Under - Bobby Horton (2:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Scott Nygaard Guitar
Earl Scruggs Banjo
Tony Trischka Banjo
Eddie Edwards Trombone
Nick LaRocca Cornet
Todd Phillips Bass
Robin Petrie Hammered Dulcimer
Randy Tico Bass
Tony Ellis Banjo
John McEuen Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Slide Guitar
Peter Ostroushko Mandolin
Phil Salazar Fiddle
Neal Hellman Mountain Dulcimer
Joe Weed Violin
Peter Ecklund Cornet
Tom Hanks Voices
Robert Horton Banjo, Bass, Bouzouki, Dobro, Fiddle, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Percussion, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Violin, Concertina, Cymbals, Drums, Bass Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Human Whistle, Classical Guitar, Bodhran, cowbell, Wood Block
Paul Hostetter Banjo
Shira Kammen Violin
Henry W. Ragas Piano
John Reischman Mandolin
Tony Sbarbaro Drums
Jacqueline Schwab Piano
Larry Shields Clarinet
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
John Colby Piano
David Swenson Percussion, Drums
John Lardinois Fiddle, Guitar
William Lee Ellis Guitar
Jonathan McEuen Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Ben Ehrmantraut String Bass
Technical Credits
Earl Scruggs Composer
Francisco Tárrega Composer
Eddie Edwards Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Todd Phillips Arranger, Producer
Johnny Smith Composer
Tony Ellis Composer
John McEuen Composer, Producer
Stephen Wade Producer
Neal Hellman Arranger, Producer
Ken Burns Producer, Liner Notes
Robert Horton Producer
Marvin Lee Composer
Lionel Newman Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Tony Sbarbaro Composer
Larry Shields Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
John Colby Composer, Producer
David Swenson Producer
John Lardinois Composer, Producer
Edgar Leslie Composer
Grant Clarke Composer
Ray Lopez Composer
Maurice Abrahams Composer
Harry Da Costa Composer
William Duncan Composer
Byron Gay Composer
Alcide "Yellow" Nunez Composer
J.S. Zamecnik Composer
J.P. Nestor Composer
Charly Brown Composer
Traditional Composer
Dayton Duncan Producer, Liner Notes
Craig Mellish Mastering
Mark Unterberger Packaging Manager
Hughie Cannon Composer
Antonio Sbarbaro Composer
Edwin Edwards Composer
Barry Phillips Producer
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