Railroad Songs & Ballads

Railroad Songs & Ballads


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Railroad Songs & Ballads

Once I recorded my great-grandmother relating the "Tale of Sam McGhee" with explanations and observations. Work chants, train calls, history and onomatopoeia are captured in this collection made by various archivers from 1936 to 1959. I also remember a line of fiction somewhere remarking on a railroad bridge. A train was always going over it, but the observing character always remained. There is a mystique about trains that involves travel, power and whistles in the night. It is still a strong image, but obviously much more apparent when travel was made more often by train and more tracks were laid. All forms of railroad balladry are preserved here, with anecdotes. Lyrics and notes appear along with an informative general background in the thick booklet. Warning: somewhat rugged field recordings.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/1997
Label: Rounder Select
UPC: 0712136150824
catalogNumber: 1508

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aunt Molly Jackson   Track Performer
Harry McClintock   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Harris   Guitar,Mandolin
Kid West   Guitar,Mandolin,Track Performer
Russell Wise   Fiddle,Track Performer
Will Wright   Track Performer
Clarence H. Wyatt   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Sidney Robertson Cowell   Engineer
Bob Carlin   Reissue Producer
Alan Lomax   Engineer
Sam Eskin   Engineer
John A. Lomax   Engineer
Phyllis Pinkerton   Engineer
Archie Green   Liner Notes
Aubrey Snyder   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Herbert Halpert   Engineer
Ruby T. Lomax   Engineer
Vance Randolph   Engineer
Robert Sonkin   Engineer

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