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Various Artists / Classic Railroad Songs
Album:Classic Railroad Songs Collection:Country
Artist:Various Artists Added:02/2006
Label:Smithsonian/Folkways 

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Add Date:2006-02-12 Pull Date:2006-04-16 Charts:Country/Bluegrass
Week Ending:16 Apr9 Apr5 Mar26 Feb19 Feb
Airplays:12331

 Recent Airplay
1.Feb 08, 2019:Traditions
Freight Train
4.Aug 29, 2015:Mix Tape: Iron Skillet
Lonesome Train
2.Sep 22, 2018:Iron Skillet by way of Mix Tape
Lonesome Train
5.Aug 01, 2015:Mix Tape: Out of the Skillet, Into the Fire
John Henry, Wreck Of The Old 97
3.Oct 13, 2017:Traditions
Lonesome Train
6.Jul 28, 2015:Mix Tape: That's Not Not Bluegrass
Wreck Of The Old 97

Album Review
Decca
Reviewed 2006-02-10 
Amazing collection of American folk music about trains, mostly recorded in the 1950s. Work songs, ballads, blues, etc. Performers read like a who’s who: Lead Belly, Doc Watson, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Elizabeth Cotton, Cisco Houston, and more. Lots of fantastic fiddles, banjos, guitars, and, of course, voices. Great notes. Not a bad track in the bunch. A fascinating look at American musical history.

1. :24 seconds of a train going by.
*2. Cool toe-tapping bluegrass w/catchy vocal harmonies.
*3. Furry Lewis, his guitar and lazy voice. Downtempo goodness.
4. Banjo & sweet male vox. Low key, head-nodding.
5. Midtempo story song. Guitar/vox, about turning to crime.
*6. A capella gospel-tinged work song. Too short!
7. Frail but sweet female vox/guitar. Midtempo.
8. Rich male vox/guitar. Down/midtempo
9. Story about a Mormon polygamous RR man. Sung to “Oh Susanna”
*10. Great upbeat bluegrass instrumental jam. A bit of “oh yeahs.”
11. Low key capella fem. vox, - thin but compellingly real. Good.
*12. Midtempo bluegrass about the return of a dead soldier.
*13. Upbeat mountain tune w/great guitar/vox.
14. Lead Belly on a classic. Spoken word intro, get drivin’.
*15. Great harp (as the train), guitars. Upbeat instrumental. Yow!
16. Guitar/vocals duet on toe-tapping classic.
17. Sweet fem. voice/guitar. Lazy, midtempo ballad.
18. Freight Train Blues. Vox/guitar. Solid blues.
19. Midtempo guitar/vox/autoharp. About a train wreck.
*20. Lazy male vox/guitar. Almost a Celtic sound.
21. Sweet fem vox, light & low-key w/quiet guitar.
*22. A dog barks, men work. Slow, serious work song.
23. Great toe-tapping harmonica instrumental. Too short.
24. Twangy family bluegrass jam. Bouncy. Live recording.
*25. Mid/uptempo classic w/Lead Belly on guitar/vox. Cool.
*26. One of the great all-time train songs. Midtempo bounce.
27. Harmonica instrumental. Upbeat train sounds. Cool!
28. Solid old-time stringband. Great sound & so well played.
29. :24 seconds of a train

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Emory CookExcerpt From "Rail Dynamics"
2.New Lost City Ramblers, TheTrain 45
3.Furry LewisKassie Jones
4.Pete SeegerJay Gould's Daughter
5.Walt RobertsonRailroad Bill
6.Lead BellyLinin' Track
7.Elizabeth CottenFreight Train
8.Cisco HoustonDrill, Ye Tarriers Drill
9.L. M. HiltonZack, The Mormon Engineer
10.Virginia Mountain Boys, TheLost Train Blues
11.Annie WatsonThe F.F.V.
12.New Lost City Ramblers, TheHe's Coming To Us Dead
13.Doc WatsonThe Train That Carried My Girl From
14.Lead BellyRock Island
15.Sonny Terry, Woody Guthrie & CiscoLonesome Train
16.Woody Guthrie & Cisco HoustonJohn Henry
17.Rosalie SorrelsThe Wreck Of The Number 9
18.Brownie McgheeFreight Train Blues
19.Mike SeegerThe New Market Wreck
20.Haywire MacJerry, Go Oil That Car
21.Rosalie SorrelsWay Out In Idaho
22.Henry Grady TerrellOld John Henry Died On The Mountain
23.John D, MounceCasey Jones
24.Pop StonemanWreck Of The Old 97
25.Lead BellyMidnihgt Special
26.Doc WatsonWabash Cannonball
27.Vernon SutphinLost Train Blues
28.Iron Mountain String BandNew River Train
29.Vinton WightExcerpt From "3 Little Engines & 33 Lil'