I mentioned the Wabash Cannonball in my post about tune names. Here’s Benny Martin tearing it up, accompanied by John Hartford on banjo. Just wow!
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
Come with me. Let’s hop aboard the Wabash Cannonball and pay a little visit to the Big Rock Candy Mountain. Here’s Yodeling Slim Clark… It was first recorded by Harry McClintock in 1928. If you were part of the traveling nation, the mountain was paradise.… Read More
With a train song a day, eventually the Wabash Cannonball would have to come around on the guitar. I’d like to feature a live performance by Mac Wiseman from 1957. Wabash Cannonball is an old tune, originating in the late 19th century. It was popularized… Read More
East Texas Red Today I’m featuring another Woody Guthrie tune. This is the story of a railroad bull name of East Texas Red, who was the meanest bull around. This story has a moral, and that is that if you’re nasty to your fellow man,… Read More