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Stringmaster 09-20-2022 08:53 PM

Train Song Suggestions
 
We have an annual train song festival out here, and I’d like to start gearing up to try to get a slot for next year’s festival. Looking for song suggestions that would be appropriate for a solo guitarist/singer. Bonus for crossover cowboy/train songs.
PS—No: City of New Orleans, Waiting For a Train, Folsom Prison Blues, or the usual suspects! There’s about 6 hours of train songs from various performers, hence the need for some obscure tunes! Maybe I’ll write one!
Thanks!

hubcapsc 09-20-2022 09:11 PM

Is The Wreck Of The Old 97 too much of a usual suspect?

-Mike

Stringmaster 09-20-2022 09:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hubcapsc (Post 7090884)
Is The Wreck Of The Old 97 too much of a usual suspect?

-Mike

Thanks Mike—will give it a listen👍

jacot23 09-20-2022 09:30 PM

My son and I are practicing New River Train, him on guitar and me on Clawhammer banjo; fun song.

jim1960 09-20-2022 09:51 PM

One of my favorite train songs was written by Bob Westcott. I used to cross paths with Bob often when I was playing out and this was a request I made of him nearly every time.


jim1960 09-20-2022 09:57 PM

Another favorite of mine is this one from John Gorka...


Sobell 09-21-2022 01:34 AM

No cowboys in this one I'm afraid, but last time I looked they've always been in rather short supply in the UK - from the criminally overlooked Kevin Coyne, and in possibly his first appearance on the AGF:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJtif8tfghE

:guitar:

JonPR 09-21-2022 03:00 AM

Well I guess Midnight Special is one of those usual suspects...

Some more:

Train Kept A-Rollin': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkZhJJ8sPmw

K C Moan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orLDnEcVerw

Love In Vain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07T3h0b93Rg

Going where the southern cross the dog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQa2IQAH28I

Mobile Line: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WFJRMxY74g (one of the first songs I ever learned back in the 60s!)

The Cannonball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3H_TLmsQUo

Engine One-Forty-Three: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPDbK_GUfOs

Engine Number 9: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFjYrLxUiXo

Howard Emerson 09-21-2022 03:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stringmaster (Post 7090873)
We have an annual train song festival out here, and I’d like to start gearing up to try to get a slot for next year’s festival. Looking for song suggestions that would be appropriate for a solo guitarist/singer. Bonus for crossover cowboy/train songs.
PS—No: City of New Orleans, Waiting For a Train, Folsom Prison Blues, or the usual suspects! There’s about 6 hours of train songs from various performers, hence the need for some obscure tunes! Maybe I’ll write one!
Thanks!

I've done an arrangement of Junior Parker's 'Mystery Train' for a long time. Whereas his original is done as a 'dragged shuffle' (for lack of a better description), I do mine in straight time.

Of course everybody thinks of Presley's version, but I never cared for it.

Here's mine:



HE

Skarsaune 09-21-2022 06:13 AM

Merle Haggard Silver Ghost

https://youtu.be/uR75CFVCaNA

Fred Eaglesmith Freight Train

https://youtu.be/A297zT0MiHY

Bluenose 09-21-2022 06:54 AM

Blind Willie McTells' Statesboro Blues is a train song, more or less.

"You oughta seen that fireman get the boiler hot"

nbs2005 09-21-2022 07:43 AM

Guy Clark's Texas, 1947 is a good one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxsT...adlVIy&index=1

Rudy4 09-21-2022 07:53 AM

I do various versions of "Train On The Island" written by J.P. Nestor. It's amenable to whatever permutations you might like to apply to it.

Also, "Little Black Train" as done by Woody Guthrie:


davidbeinct 09-21-2022 07:59 AM


David Eastwood 09-21-2022 08:07 AM

How about Tamp ‘Em Up Solid?

Here’s Ry Cooder’s stellar rendition:



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