Various Artists - Freight Train Blues- Classic Railroad Songs, Volume 4

Freight Train Blues-
Classic Railroad Songs, Volume 4

Various Artists

Rounder CD0425

Rounder Records Corp.
One Camp Street
Cambridge, MA 02140

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Allen Price
(al@squirrelheads.com)

For the life of me, I don't know what the link is between lovers of traditional acoustic and country music with trains. Perhaps it's the lonesome whistle, or its use as a metaphor for moving on. From the days of Jimmie Rodgers, you'd be hard-pressed to hear a set of country, bluegrass, swing or folk music without at least one good train songs. But despite the decline in its use as a mode of transportation, the railroad continues to be source of fascination for lovers of these forms of music.

The catalog of classic train tunes is seemingly endless. Yet Rounder has taken on the task of creating a series of collections of some of the greatest train songs recorded. Volume 4, Freight Train Blues contains tunes recorded over the past 25 years. From Marty Stuart to the Nashville Bluegrass Band, from the Lonesome River Band to Asleep At The Wheel, this tribute to the railroad is a great mix of new tunes and old.

Marty Stuart tips his hat to his former boss Johnny Cash with a haunting interpretation of the Cash classic, Blue Train, reprising the old Cash sound. Kate Campbell tells a tale of the decline of the passenger train in The Trains don't Run From Nashville. And Asleep At The Wheel take a stab at My Baby Thinks She's A Train, written by Asleep At The Wheel original member Leroy Preston.

Like the volumes before it, Freight Train Blues not only tells the tale of the railroad's place in American culture. It also gives one a chance to hear some of the finest artists and most inspired songwriting of our time.

Track List

  • Blue Train Marty Stuart
  • Don't You See That Train Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
  • One Way Ticket Back Home Don Edwards, with Tom Morrell and the Time-Warp Tophands
  • It Won't Be Long Kathy Chiavola
  • Dixie Cannonball Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers
  • Freight Train Blues Doc & Merle Watson
  • Hobo Blues Lonesome River Band
  • Get a Transfer Nashville Bluegrass Band
  • Next Stop Brattleboro NRBQ
  • I Like Trains Fred Eaglesmith
  • Kansas City Southern Pure Prairie League
  • Trains Don't Run from Nashville Kate Campbell
  • Boxcars Joe Ely
  • My Baby Thinks She's a Train Asleep at the Wheel

Edited by David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

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