Classic Railroad Songs from Smithsonian Folkways
As nineteenth century America expanded, so too did the “ribbons of iron” that crisscrossed the vast landscape and sparked the imagination of music-makers. Work songs, ballads recounting riveting exploits, and instrumental echoes of the once familiar sounds of the steam locomotive have enshrined the railroad in our musical memory. Classic Railroad Songs mines the Smithsonian Folkways archives to create this tribute to a favorite American source of inspiration. These twenty-eight original tracks include Train 45, Freight Train, Lost Train Blues, The FFV, Rock Island Line, John Henry, The Wreck of the Number Nine, Casey Jones, Midnight Special, Wabash Cannonball, and more!