Classic Railroad Songs from Smithsonian Folkways

Classic Railroad Songs from Smithsonian Folkways


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Smithsonian Folkways ninth installment of its popular Classic Series chronicles the golden age of the American railroad. Classic Railroad Songs from Smithsonian Folkways picks up where 2004's Classic Maritime Music collection left off, unearthing previously unheard of gems from their archives along with classics from some of the genre's finest practitioners. Twenty-one of these remarkable folk songs, field recordings, tall tales, and work songs appear on CD for the first time, from the crisp a cappella "F.F.V.," performed by Annie Watson (mother of Doc Watson), to Cisco Houston's rousing "Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill" from his 1968 Sings American Folk Songs anthology. Compiled by Grammy Winner Jeff Place, Classic Railroad Songs is enriched by rare photos from the Library of Congress and there are detailed liner notes for each and every one of the 29 cuts which provide a glimpse into the hobo lifestyle of legendary characters like Harry McClintock, Leadbelly, and Furry Lewis -- the latter lost a leg in 1917 in a railway accident.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/10/2006
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074019221
catalogNumber: 40192
Rank: 33408


  1. Rail Dynamics (Excerpt)
  2. Train 45
  3. Kassie Jones
  4. Jay Gould's Daughter
  5. Railroad Bill
  6. Linin' Track
  7. Freight Train
  8. Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill
  9. Zack, The Mormon Engineer
  10. Lost Train Blues
  11. The F.F.V.
  12. He's Coming to Us Dead
  13. The Train That Carried My Girl from Town
  14. Rock Island Line
  15. Lonesome Train
  16. John Henry
  17. The Wreck of the Number Nine
  18. Freight Train Blues
  19. The New Market Wreck
  20. Jerry, Go and Oil That Car
  21. Way out in Idaho
  22. Old John Henry Died on the Mountain
  23. Casey Jones
  24. Wreck of the Old 97
  25. Midnight Special
  26. Wabash Cannonball
  27. Lost Train Blues
  28. New River Train
  29. Three Little Engines and 33 Cars (Excerpt)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lead Belly   Guitar,Vocals
Furry Lewis   Guitar,Vocals
Doc Watson   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Elizabeth Cotten   Guitar,Vocals
Woody Guthrie   Guitar,Vocals
Cisco Houston   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Seeger   Banjo,Guitar,Autoharp,Vocals
Pete Seeger   Banjo,Vocals
Rosalie Sorrels   Vocals
Walt Robertson   Guitar,Vocals
Glen Neaves   Fiddle
Brownie McGhee   Guitar,Vocals
John Cohen   Banjo,Guitar
Bobby Harrison   Guitar
Tracy Schwarz   Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals
Sonny Terry   Harmonica,Yells
Annie Watson   Vocals
Eric Davidson   Banjo,Vocals
Marvin Cockram   Bass
Ivor Melton   Mandolin
Henry Grady Terrell   Percussion,Vocals
John D. Mounce   Harmonica
Vernon L. Sutphin   Harmonica
Caleb Finch   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Furry Lewis   Composer
Doc Watson   Arranger
Elizabeth Cotten   Composer
Carson Robison   Composer
A.P. Carter   Arranger
Huddie Ledbetter   Arranger
Jeff Place   Annotation
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Gussie Davis   Composer
Eddie Newton   Composer

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