Various Artists

25 Classic Train Songs: Songs of Rural America

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Produced and arranged by Uncle Jim O'Neal for his Rural Rhythm record label, 25 Classic Train Songs collects more than a dozen old-timey bluegrass takes on classic American train songs, most of them recorded in the mid-'50s. There are some familiar names here, pretty much the whole O'Neal stable, including Mac Wiseman, Hylo Brown, Earl Taylor, and J.E. Mainer. More bluegrass than string band, there is a kind of generic feel to most of these cuts, and while the playing is pleasant and competent, they never really seem to catch fire.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:06
2
1:52
3
2:54
4
2:40
5
1:41
6
2:46
7
2:04
8 1:49
9 1:11
10 1:43
11
2:04
12 2:40
13
2:42
14 2:20
15
1:31
16
1:54
17
2:21
18
1:56
19
1:37
20 2:09
21 1:40
22
1:26
23 2:28
24
2:34
25
1:02
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