I was surfing around the YouTube machine tonight and came across these words of wisdom from the late Bruce “Utah” Phillips, the Golden Voice of the Great Southwest. Daddy what’s a train….
Rock Salt & Nails was written by the late great U. Utah Phillips, the Golden Voice of the Great Southwest. It’s a seriously haunting song. Here are a few different versions…. Let’s start with The Local Honeys. Joe Ely… John Martyn…
I feel a long and rambling post coming on. I hope you don’t mind. I was thinking today about the late U Utah Phillips, the Golden Voice of the Great Southwest, talking about the traveling nation: hobos, tramps and bums. Utah made it clear that… Read More
That is Finest Kind performing The Goodnight Loving Trail by U. Utah Phillips. It’s introduced by the late Utah Phillips himself on the second episode of his radio show, which was called Loafer’s Glory. The Goodnight Loving Trail is a cowboy song. It refers to… Read More
The train song of the day is a Jimmie Rodgers tune called Brakeman’s Blues performed here in fine style by the Punch Brothers. So, what exactly is a brakeman? The following is excerpted from Wikipedia…. In the US, the brakeman was a member of a… Read More
Here’s another tune by U. Utah Phillips, the Golden Voice of the Great Southwest, performed by the Dry Branch Fire Squad. This is the Orphan Train and it’s a true story. That reminds me that rumour has it that my brother the trout, Salvelinas Fontinalis,… Read More
The train song of the day today is Queen of the Rails, performed here by Dan Schatz. This song was written by the late U. Utah Phillips, the Golden Voice of the Great Southwest. Who else could have written about Boomer Bill and his dog… Read More
Today we have a train story instead of a train song. I hope you’ll forgive me for varying from my usual format. I referenced this in the recent post about the Gandy Dancer’s Ball. It’s an excellent story I know you will enjoy, by the… Read More
Here’s the late U. Utah Phillips, the Golden Voice of the Great Southwest. Railroading on the Great Divide, nothing around me but the Rockies and sky….
Since I posted Rock Salt and Nails, it got me thinking about the late Utah Phillips. Here he is talking and singing about Hood River Blackie and the traveling nation.