Gramophoney Baloney

Railroad Tracks (1925-1951) on Gramophoney Baloney, Pt.1

Sunday, February 3

This week it’s an all-railroad-themed selection of vintage recordings, it’s been a long time coming down the line, with DJ McSchmormac even going totally off the rails at the end of the show, with the deliberate inclusion of a post-1950 recording, in clear violation of the show’s usual strictly pre-1951-only playlist policy…


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  • “The National Game”(excerpt) by Sousa’s Band, conducted by Joe Pasternak from “Under The Double Eagle – The Marches of John Philip Sousa”
  • “Calling Trains” by unidentified train caller from “Railroad Songs and Ballads”
  • “In Charge of a Book Stall” by Tommy Handley from “’Talented Talkers’ – Favourite Monologues”
  • “Oh, I’m a Jolly Irishman Winding on the Train” by Nobel B. Brown from “Railroad Songs and Ballads”
  • “K.C. Moan” by Memphis Jug Band from “Memphis Jug Band with Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers”
  • “I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground” by Bascom Lamar Lunsford from “Serenade In The Mountains – Early Old Time Music on Record”
  • “The Engineer” by Lester A. Coffee from “Railroad Songs and Ballads”
  • “Take The ‘A’ Train” by The Slim Gaillard Trio from “The Absolute Voutest! ‘46”
  • “Track-Lining Song “ by Allen Prothero from “Negro Work Songs and Calls
  • “The New River Train” by the Ridge Rangers from “Railroad Songs and Ballads”
  • “Rock Island Blues” by Furry Lewis from “Masters of Memphis Blues”
  • “Your Good Man Caught The Train And Gone” by Mississippi Sheiks from “The Best of Mississippi Sheiks”
  • “Bill Mason” by Roy Harvey and the North Carolina Ramblers from “Charlie Poole with The North Carolina Ramblers And The Highlanders”
  • The Wreck of the Virginian” by Blind Alfred Reed from “The Bristol Sessions”
  • “Depot Blues’ by Son House from “Legends of the Country Blues”
  • Casey Jones” by Pete Seeger “If I Had A Hammer – Original Recordings 1944-1950”
  • “Honky Tonk Train Blues” by Meade Lux Lewis from “Shakin’ That Thing – The Essential Recordings of Boogie Woogie Stomp”
  • “Frisco Whistle Blues” by Ed Bell from “A Richer Tradition – Country Blues and String Band Music 1923-1942”
  • “The Wreck of the Number Nine” by Vernon Dalhart from “Puttin’ on the Style – The Edison Collection”
  • “El Rapido” by Astor Piazzolla y Su Orquesta Típica from “Los Primeros Años”
  • “Rock Island Line” by Kelly Pace, Charlie Porter, L.T. Edwards, Willie Hubbard, Luther Williams, Napoleon Cooper, Albert Pate & Willie Lee Jones from “Negro Work Songs and Calls”
  • “The Union Train” by The Almanac Singers from “Talking Union”
  • “The Gone Dead Train” by King Solomon Hill from “The Paramount Masters”
  • “K.C. Railroad Blues “ by Andrew & Jim Baxter from “Violin, Sing The Blues for Me – African-American Fiddlers 1926-1949”
  • “The Hobo’s Last Ride” by Hank Snow from “We’ll Never Say Goodbye – The Montreal Sessions 1937-1943”
  • “I’m Going Home On The Morning Train” by E.M. Martin and Pearline Johns from “Railroad Songs and Ballads”
  • John Henry” by Paul Robeson from “Songs of Struggle”
  • “Frisco Leaving Birmingham” by George ‘Bullet’ Williams from “The Paramount Masters”
  • “Train Whistle Blues” by Jimmie Rodgers from “With My Little Ukulele In My Hand”
  • “Bound Steel Blues” by Bill Shepherd with Hayes Shepherd & Ed Webb from “The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of – Super Rarities & Unissued Gems Of The 1920s & 30s”
  • “Georgia Hobo” by The Cofer Brothers from “Hard Times Come Again No More – Early American Rural Songs of Hard Times and Hardships – Vol. 1”
  • “The Cannonball” by The Carter Family from “The Carter Family – 1927-1934”
  • “Broke Down Engine” by Lonnie Clarke from “The Paramount Masters”
  • “Wreck Of The Tennessee Gravy Train” by Uncle Dave Macon from “Uncle Dave Macon – Classic Sides -1924-1938”“The Big Rock Candy Mountains” by Harry McClintock from “Railroad Songs and Ballads”
  • “The Big Rock Candy Mountains” by Harry McClintock from “Railroad Songs and Ballads”

There were too many great railroad songs that I didn’t get to include during this show, so there’ll be a “Railroad Tracks Pt. 2” show, some time in the not too distant future


On next week’s show Ian Nagoski will be phoning in for a chat about some of his latest compilation reissues


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