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Train Time - 27 Blues Songs About Trains and Train Journeys

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Train Time - 27 Blues Songs About Trains and Train Journeys
Train Time - 27 Blues Songs About Trains and Train Journeys


Traditionally, there has always been a profound love affair between trains and roots music, as blues developed as a serious musical genre, during the 1920s and 30s, many of its pioneers travelled from city to city, gig to gig, by hopping aboard moving freight trains.

Their hoboing/rambling 'adventures' gradually became absorbed into their songs, along with metaphors and descriptive phrases like "riding the rails", "side-tracked", "derailed", "living on the right tracks", "blowing your stack", etc.

This compilation presents twenty-six blues/R&B legends, ranging in fame, importance and influence from Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Tiny Bradshaw (who appears twice), Big Bill Broonzy, Lightnin' Hopkins, etc., to lesser-known, mere mortals like Gabriel Brown, Silver Crooks, Willie Love, Soldier Boy Houston, Cousin Leroy, Willie Love and many more.

The songs themselves include classic numbers like 'Mystery Train', 'The Train Kept A-Rollin'', 'Mean Old Train', 'South Bound Train' and 'Train Fare Home'.


  1. Name
  2. Train Fare Home - Muddy Waters
  3. Hold That Train - Gabriel Brown
  4. Memphis Train - Dick Davis & His Orchestra Featuring Sonny Thompson
  5. Mr. Ticket Agent - Silver Cooks & The Gondoliers
  6. Train Whistle Blowing - Little Willie Littlefield
  7. Stop That Train In Harlem - Walter Davis
  8. Don't Miss That Train - Joe Liggins
  9. Built Like A Railroad Track - Tiny Bradshaw
  10. Standin' At The Station - Guitar Slim
  11. The Train Kept A-Rollin' - Tiny Bradshaw
  12. Train Time - Memphis Slim
  13. Train Blues - Jimmy Liggins
  14. South Bound Train - Big Bill Broonzy
  15. Seventy Four Blues - Willie Love & His Three Aces
  16. Mean Old Train - John Lee Hooker
  17. Freight Train Blues (When I Started Hoboing) - Lightnin' Hopkins
  18. City Of New Orleans - Sunnyland Slim
  19. Lonesome Ole Train - James Williamson
  20. Ticket Agent Blues - Lil' Son Jackson
  21. Mystery Train - Little Junior Parker
  22. Number Nine Blues - Champion Jack Dupree
  23. At The Station Crying - Soldier Boy Houston
  24. Mean Old Train - Papa Lightfoot
  25. Stop That Train, Conductor - Snooky Pryor
  26. Mean Ole Lonesome Train - Lightnin' Slim
  27. Waitin' At The Station - Cousin Leroy
  28. Sunny Land - Elmore James & His Broomdusters
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