Steel Rails: Classic Railroad Songs, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
As long as railroads have existed, there have been songs sung about them, whether to praise their wonders, tell stories, or condemn them as tools of evil. Steel Rails and its companion volume, Mystery Train, set out to sample this particular vein of American song, offering up versions of "Wabash Cannonball" and "The Orange Blossom Special" an amusing live version from the Johnson Mountain Boys alongside twelve other songs that might not be quite as familiar as those two. A mixture of well-known artists and fairly new names is also a plus for the package -- Kieran Kane, slipped in between Jimmie Rodgers and Alison Krauss, holds his own with a moody take on Hank Williams'...
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All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
As long as railroads have existed, there have been songs sung about them, whether to praise their wonders, tell stories, or condemn them as tools of evil. Steel Rails and its companion volume, Mystery Train, set out to sample this particular vein of American song, offering up versions of "Wabash Cannonball" and "The Orange Blossom Special" an amusing live version from the Johnson Mountain Boys alongside twelve other songs that might not be quite as familiar as those two. A mixture of well-known artists and fairly new names is also a plus for the package -- Kieran Kane, slipped in between Jimmie Rodgers and Alison Krauss, holds his own with a moody take on Hank Williams' "Ramblin' Man." Meanwhile, it's no accident that much of the music here is country, western or bluegrass -- by the time rock & roll came along, fast cars were the order of the day, not cannonballing trains.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/1997
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661112827
  • Catalog Number: 1128

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Russ Barenberg Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Douglas Dobro, Fiddle, Vocals
The Johnson Mountain Boys Track Performer
Alison Krauss Fiddle, Vocals, Track Performer
Del McCoury Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Peter Rowan Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Roy Acuff Vocals, Track Performer
Sam Bush Mandolin, Vocals
Guy Clark Vocals, Track Performer
Jimmie Rodgers Vocals, Track Performer
The Sons of the Pioneers Track Performer
Doc Watson Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Utah Phillips Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Tom Russell Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Mike Henderson Acoustic Guitar
Tom Adams Banjo
Hugh Moffatt Vocals, Track Performer
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Kieran Kane Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Warren Blair Fiddle, Vocals
Jim Colvard Guitar
Dudley Connell Guitar
Mike Cordova Bass
Suzanne Cox Vocal Harmony
Dan Dugmore Electric Guitar
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin
Nick Forster Fiddle
Jon Glik Fiddle
David Grisman Mandolin, Track Performer
Andrew Hardin Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Don Heffington Bass, Tambourine, Bodhran
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Charles Kama Steel Guitar
Viktor Krauss Bass
Jerry Kroon Drums
Mike Leech Bass
Kate MacKenzie Vocals, Track Performer
Jerry McCoury Bass, Vocals
Rob McCoury Banjo
Ronnie McCoury Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Wade McCurdy Vocal Harmony
David McLaughlin Mandolin
Terry McMillan Harmonica
Alan O'Bryant Banjo, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal), Track Performer, Vocal Harmony
Dave Pomeroy Bass
Jimmy Riddle Harmonica
Tammy Rogers Fiddle
M.T. Salazar Guitar
Harry Stinson Drums
Eddie Stubbs Fiddle
Jeff White Fiddle, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Glenn Worf Bass
Pete "Oswald" Kirby Dobro
Pat Brady Bass
Bob Nolan Vocals
Lloyd Perryman Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Fats Kaplin Harmonica
Mike Warner Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Billy Troiani Bass Guitar
Marshall Willborne Bass
Bob Tyler Vocal Harmony
Sam Koki Steel Guitar
David Briggs Keyboards
Mike Chapman Bass
Technical Credits
Jerry Douglas Producer
The Johnson Mountain Boys Producer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Tom Russell Producer
Hugh Moffatt Producer
Art Satherley Producer
Randy Best Engineer
A.P. Carter Composer
Peter Coleman Engineer
Nick Forster Producer
David Glasser Mastering
David Grisman Producer
Andrew Hardin Producer
Ken Irwin Producer
Bill McElroy Engineer
Bill Schubart Engineer
Harry Stinson Producer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Bil VornDick Producer
Neil Wilburn Producer
Bob Nolan Composer
Norm Cohen Liner Notes
Ralph Peer Producer
Shonna Valeska Contributor
Louis Krieg Producer
Kai Anderson Engineer
Al McKenney Producer
Jack Neville Composer
Ben Hall Engineer
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