Lonesome Whistle: An Anthology of American Railroad Songs

Lonesome Whistle: An Anthology of American Railroad Songs


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Trains were a prominent image in American folk and popular music early in the 20th century, and there are countless 78s and 45s floating around out there with trains serving as the central metaphor. Trains represented motion, mobility, and power, and they moved goods from coast to coast, creating bustling crossroads and towns at each stop along the way. Trains also moved people, whisking lives away to better places or worse places, depending on one's luck and fortune. This wonderful four-disc, 100-track set collects some of those American train songs in an expansive litany of motion and metaphor. Most of the tracks are old blues or string band tunes, with contributions from Furry Lewis ("Kassie Jones"), Frank Hutchison ("Hell Bound Train"), Mississippi John Hurt ("Spike Driver Blues"), Charley Patton ("Pea Vine Blues"), Robert Johnson ("Love in Vain"), and others, but there are also a few modern tracks here, as well, from Elvis Presley ("Mystery Train"), Johnny Cash ("Folsom Prison Blues"), and Chuck Berry ("Down Bound Train"), giving this collection a powerful panoramic feel.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2012
Label: Proper Box Uk
UPC: 0805520021685
catalogNumber: 2002168


Disc 1

  1. The Wreck On the Southern Old 97
  2. The Brave Engineer
  3. I Wish My Mother Was On That Train
  4. I Raised My Window and Looked At the Risin' Sun
  5. Yellow Dog Blues
  6. Gonna Die With My Hammer In My Hand
  7. C & O Blues
  8. The Wreck of the Virginian No. 3
  9. The Longest Train I Ever Saw
  10. K.C. Railroad Blues
  11. Mean Conductor Blues
  12. Frisco Whistle Blues
  13. Rambler Blues
  14. Sunshine Special
  15. Train 45
  16. Ramblin' Reckless Hobo
  17. Chattanooga Blues
  18. Sun Beam Blues
  19. Big Railroad Blues
  20. If I Die a Railroad Man
  21. C.C. & O. Blues
  22. The Red and Green Signal Lights
  23. Royal Palm Special Blues
  24. Kassie Jones, Pt. 1
  25. Hell Bound Train

Disc 2

  1. North-Bound Train
  2. Waiting For a Train
  3. Texas and Pacific Blues
  4. Spike Driver Blues
  5. Engine One-Forty-Three
  6. The Train's Done Left Me
  7. Old Rock Island Blues
  8. The New York Hobo
  9. Western Kentucky Limited
  10. Riding the Blinds
  11. The Hobo's Last Ride
  12. Pea Vine Blues
  13. Cannonball Blues
  14. Train Whistle Blues
  15. Railroad Bill
  16. John Henry (The Steel Driving Man), Pt. 1
  17. Long Train Blues
  18. K.C. Moan
  19. Freight Train Ramble
  20. Lonesome Frisco Line
  21. Travelin' Blues
  22. Wabash Cannonball
  23. The New 'Frisco Train
  24. M & O Blues
  25. M & O Blues

Disc 3

  1. Travelin' Railroad Man Blues
  2. True and Trembling Brakeman
  3. Railroad Man Blues
  4. The Gone Dead Train
  5. Too-Too Train Blues
  6. B & O Blues No. 2
  7. Railroad Blues
  8. Chickasaw Train Blues (Low Down Dirty Thing)
  9. Blow Yo' Whistle, Freight Train
  10. B & O Line Blues
  11. Flying Crow Blues
  12. Honky Tonk Train Blues
  13. New River Train
  14. The Heavenly Train
  15. Depot Blues
  16. My Saviour's Train
  17. A. & V. Railroad Blues
  18. The Flying Crow
  19. The Katy Blues
  20. Train Carry My Girl Back Home
  21. Love In Vain
  22. Riding On That Train Forty-Five
  23. Golden Gate Gospel Train
  24. Station Boy Blues
  25. Train Whistle Blues

Disc 4

  1. Special Agent (Railroad Police Blues)
  2. Streamline Train
  3. Santa Fe Blues
  4. Orange Blossom Special
  5. Special Stream Line
  6. The Midnight Special
  7. Rock Island Line
  8. C. & N.W. Railroad
  9. Gospel Cannon Ball
  10. Hobo Blues
  11. Mean Old Frisco Blues
  12. Lining Track (Line 'Em)
  13. Lonesome Train
  14. G.M. & O. Blues
  15. Pan American
  16. Hard Travelin'
  17. Train Fare Home
  18. Railroad Station Blues
  19. This Train
  20. Mystery Train
  21. Folsom Prison Blues
  22. Smokestack Lightnin'
  23. Down Bound Train
  24. Train Kept a Rollin'
  25. I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Boyd   Piano
Big Bill Broonzy   Guitar,Vocals
Bumble Bee Slim   Vocals
Sam Collins   Guitar,Vocals
Walter Davis   Vocals
Willie Dixon   Bass
Sleepy John Estes   Guitar,Vocals
Mississippi John Hurt   Guitar,Vocals
Blind Lemon Jefferson   Guitar,Vocals
Lead Belly   Vocals
Furry Lewis   Guitar,Vocals
Blind Willie McTell   Guitar,Vocals
Memphis Minnie   Guitar,Vocals
Little Brother Montgomery   Piano,Vocals
Whistlin' Alex Moore   Piano
Charley Patton   Guitar,Vocals
Hubert Sumlin   Guitar
Roosevelt Sykes   Piano
Bukka White   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Monroe   Mandolin,Vocals
Johnny Cash   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmie Rodgers   Guitar,Vocals
Woody Guthrie   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Cisco Houston   Guitar
Chuck Berry   Guitar,Vocals
Elvis Presley   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Black   Bass
Scotty Moore   Guitar
Buell Kazee   Banjo,Vocals
Gus Cannon   Jug
Bill Carlisle   Guitar,Vocals
Dorsey Burnette   Bass
Pink Anderson   Guitar,Vocals
T-Bone Walker   Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Monroe   Guitar,Vocals
Wade Mainer   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Snuffy Jenkins   Banjo
Curley Weaver   Guitar
Sam McGee   Guitar,Vocals
Rev. Robert Ballinger   Piano,Vocals
Robert Wilkins   Guitar,Vocals
Ed Bell   Guitar,Vocals
Cliff Carlisle   Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Shelly Lee Alley   Fiddle,Vocals
Johnny Bernero   Drums
Tewee Blackman   Guitar
Willie Brown   Guitar,Vocals
Dean Bryan   Guitar
Billy Burkes   Guitar
Weldon Burkes   Ukulele
Howlin' Wolf   Harmonica,Vocals
Johnny Burnette   Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Burse   Guitar
Sara Carter   Guitar,Alto Horn,Vocals
Cornelius Coleman   Drums
Lonnie Coleman   Vocals
Ernest "Big" Crawford   Bass
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Darby   Guitar,Vocals,Spoken Word
Simmie Dooley   Guitar,Vocals
Wendell DuConge   Alto Saxophone
Frank Fields   Bass
Octave Gaspard   Bowed Bass
Marshall Grant   Bass
Herb Hardesty   Baritone Saxophone
Roy Harvey   Guitar,Vocals
King Solomon Hill   Guitar,Vocals
Frank Hutchison   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
C.L. Hutchison   Cornet
Tommy Jackson   Fiddle
Robert Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Joe Kaipo   Steel Guitar
Hosea Lee Kennard   Piano
Ransom Knowling   String Bass
Don Law   Washboard
Huddie Ledbetter   Guitar,Vocals
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Piano,Soloist
Noah Lewis   Harmonica
Cripple Clarence Lofton   Piano,Soloist
George MacMillan   String Bass
Muddy Waters   Guitar,Vocals
Walter Nelson   Guitar
Luther Perkins   Guitar
Earl Phillips   Drums
Charlie Poole   Banjo
Yank Rachell   Guitar,Vocals
Ben Ramey   Kazoo
James Rikard   Clarinet
Washboard Sam   Washboard
Will Shade   Harmonica
Sonny Terry   Harmonica,Vocals
Blind Joe Taggart   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmie Tarlton   Steel Guitar,Vocals,yodeling
Ashley Thompson   Guitar,Vocals
Will Weldon   Guitar
John Westbrook   Steel Guitar
Hank Williams   Guitar,Vocals
Sonny Boy Williamson   Harmonica,Vocals,Spoken Word
Willie Tyson   Piano
Austin Allen   Vocals,Tenor Banjo
Paul Burlison   Guitar
Ted Daffan   Steel Guitar
Willie Johnson   Guitar
Chuck Keeshan   Guitar
Jack Moran   Bass
Posey Rorer   Fiddle
Henry Owens   Leader,Tenor (Vocal)
Clyde Riddick   Tenor (Vocal)
Orlandus Wilson   Bass (Vocal)
Eddie Hardy   Drums
Alton Delmore   Guitar,Vocals
Rabon Delmore   Guitar,Vocals
Garley Foster   Guitar
Claude Grant   Guitar,Vocals
Jack Grant   Mandolin Banjo
G.B. Grayson   Fiddle,Vocals,Spoken Word
Kelly Harrell   Vocals
Steve Ledford   Fiddle,Vocals
Zeke Morris   Guitar
Jack Pierce   Fiddle
Leonard Rutherford   Fiddle,Vocals
Claude Slagle   Banjo
Harty Taylor   Guitar,Vocals
Zeke Turner   Guitar
Henry Whitter   Guitar,Harmonica,Spoken Word
Louis Innis   Bass
Andrew Baxter   Fiddle
William Langford   Tenor (Vocal)
Eddie Mapp   Harmonica,Soloist
Leonard Stokes   Guitar
Harry Owens   Tenor (Vocal)
James Touchstone   Guitar,Vocals
Thomas Ashley   Guitar,Vocals
Arnold Williamson   Fiddle
Billiken Johnson   Human Whistle,Train Whistle
Big Sid Cox   Guitar
Black Ivory King   Piano,Vocals
Richard Burnett   Banjo,Vocals
Carl Davis   Guitar,Vocals
Will Bennett   Vocals
Fred Adams   Vocals
Sherman Lawson   Fiddle
Blind Norris   Vocals
Lee Allen   Guitar,Kazoo,Tenor Saxophone
Percy Darensbourg   Banjo
Willie Johnson   Leader,Vocals,Baritone,Baritone (Vocal)
Melvin Bethel   Mandoline
Anthony "Tony" Scanlin   Clarinet,Piano
Bill Brown   Guitar
James Brown   Fiddle
Walter Cobb   Banjo
Virgil Garrett   Fiddle
Jim Baxter   Guitar,Vocals
Clyde Robbins   Guitar
Bob Hoke   Mandolin Banjo
Olfa Crowder   Guitar,Low Vocals
Ortize Crowder   Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Sloppy Henry   Vocals
Smokey Lohman   Steel Guitar
"Roosevelt" Antrim   Guitar,Vocals
Wilbur Ball   Guitar,Vocals
Dock Walsh   Banjo
Eddie West   Violin,Vocals
Homer Sherrill   Fiddle
William Mitchell   Bass
Ollie Rupert   Vocals
Gordon Rouse   Guitar,Vocals,Spoken Word
Jack Rouse   Vocals,Spoken Word
Maybelle Carter   Guitar
Ervin Rouse   Fiddle,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Arnold Curry   Banjo-ukelele
Ervin Williamson   Guitar
Emma Taggart   Vocals
Ad Fox   Guitar,Vocals
A.L. Walker   Guitar
Polite "Frenchy" Christian   Cornet
Napoleon Harriston   Guitar,Spoken Word
Hubert a. Nelson   Steel Guitar,Vocals
Gene Garrett   String Bass
Charles "Chicken" Jackson   Washboard
Karl Davis   Fiddle,Mandolin
Casey Smith   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Furry Lewis   Arranger
Whistlin' Alex Moore   Train Sounds
Jimmie Rodgers   Vocal Effect
Woody Guthrie   Arranger
Cliff Carlisle   Arranger
A.P. Carter   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Frank Hutchison   Arranger
Blind Joe Taggart   Duet
Hank Williams   Composer
Alton Delmore   Duet
Rabon Delmore   Duet
Harty Taylor   Arranger
Billiken Johnson   Vocal Effect
Traditional   Composer
Blind Norris   Composer
Carlisle   Composer
Ledbetter   Composer
Tarlton   Composer
Schaffer   Composer
Mainer   Composer
Bradshaw   Composer
Delmore   Composer
Sherrill   Composer
Emma Taggart   Duet
Karl Davis   Arranger

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