The Way of the Rail, on Rise When the Rooster Crows

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Thu, 10/28/2021 - 5:30am to 7:00am

The sound of the train in the distance. The whistle and steam of an antique engine. The lonesome stretch of the rails. Trains and railroads have shaped the way we live, and the rhythm of the rails flows seamlessly into music. This episode of Rise When the Rooster Crows, The Way of the Rail, features songs of trains and railroads. It is a program of traditional North American music, its roots, branches, and beyond.

Artists in this episode include: Foghorn Stringband; Tony Ellis; JW Sparrow; Hobe Kytr And Dave Berge; Elizabeth Cotten; Laura Love; The Downtown Mountain Boys; Jeff Warner; Bruce Springsteen; Chesapeake; Gordon Lightfoot; Elizabeth LaPrelle; The Cottars; Guy Clark; Cordelia's Dad; Mary Garvey; The Red Clay Ramblers; Mary Flower; Joe Jenks; Jeni Foster; Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn; Norman Blake.

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Episode Playlist

  • Time
    5:32
    Artist
    Foghorn Stringband
    Song
    Georgia Railroad
    Album
    Reap What You Sow
    Label
    The Foghorn Stringband
  • Time
    5:37
    Artist
    Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
    Song
    Railroad
    Album
    Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
    Label
    New Rounder
  • Time
    5:40
    Artist
    Joe Jenks
    Song
    Song of the Rails
    Album
    What Kind of Brother
    Label
  • Time
    5:45
    Artist
    The Cottars
    Song
    Pat Works On The Railway
    Album
    Forerunner
    Label
    Rounder
  • Time
    5:50
    Artist
    Jeni Foster
    Song
    Railroad Line
    Album
    Flying By
    Label
  • Time
    5:53
    Artist
    Tony Ellis
    Song
    Wade's Dixieliner Special Railroad Blues #9
    Album
    Farewell My Home
    Label
    Flying Fish
  • Time
    5:54
    Artist
    Bruce Springsteen
    Song
    John Henry
    Album
    We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (American Land Edition)
    Label
    Columbia
  • Time
    5:58
    Artist
    Foghorn Stringband
    Song
    Reuben's Train
    Album
    Rock Island Grange
    Label
    Foghorn Stringband
  • Time
    6:00
    Artist
    Norman Blake
    Song
    Railroading on the Great Divide
    Album
    Green Light on the Southern
    Label
    Western Jubilee Recording Company
  • Time
    6:01
    Artist
    Wayne Henderson & Helen White
    Song
    Freight Train
    Album
    Live from Virginia
    Label
  • Time
    6:03
    Artist
    Chesapeake
    Song
    2:10 Train
    Album
    Rising Tide
    Label
    Sugar Hill Records
  • Time
    6:07
    Artist
    Guy Clark
    Song
    Texas 1947
    Album
    Keepers
    Label
    Sugar Hill Records
  • Time
    6:12
    Artist
    Mary Garvey
    Song
    Building the Rail
    Album
    Songs of the Lower Columbia
    Label
    Maritime Folknet
  • Time
    6:14
    Artist
    Gordon Lightfoot
    Song
    Canadian Railroad Trilogy
    Album
    Gord's Gold
    Label
    Rhino/Warner Records
  • Time
    6:21
    Artist
    Mary Flower
    Song
    Mystery Train
    Album
    Rosewood & Steel
    Label
    Bluesette
  • Time
    6:27
    Artist
    Jeff Warner
    Song
    Train on the Island
    Album
    Roam the Country Through
    Label
    WildGoose
  • Time
    6:30
    Artist
    The Red Clay Ramblers
    Song
    Black Smoke Train
    Album
    Rambler
    Label
    Sugar Hill Records
  • Time
    6:34
    Artist
    Elizabeth LaPrelle
    Song
    Casey Jones
    Album
    Lizard In the Spring
    Label
    Old 97 Wrecords
  • Time
    6:37
    Artist
    Cordelia's Dad
    Song
    In the Cars On the Long Island Railroad
    Album
    Spine
    Label
    Appleseed
  • Time
    6:40
    Artist
    Elizabeth Cotten
    Song
    Freight Train
    Album
    Folk Songs and Instrumental with Guitar
    Label
    Folkways
  • Time
    6:43
    Artist
    JW Sparrow
    Song
    Phoebe Snow
    Album
    Dances With Words
    Label
    Squires Own Music
  • Time
    6:47
    Artist
    Laura Love
    Song
    This Train / Ezekiel and the Wheel
    Album
    NeGrass
    Label
    Octoroon Biography
  • Time
    6:51
    Artist
    The Downtown Mountain Boys
    Song
    Raised By the Railroad Line
    Album
    Heartland
    Label
    Stringsound Music
  • Time
    6:54
    Artist
    Hobe Kytr And Dave Berge
    Song
    Dead Kid's Drop
    Album
    Dog Salmon And Rutabagas
    Label
    Hobe Kytr

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