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Thread #5124   Message #29277
Posted By: Barry Finn
25-May-98 - 07:04 PM
Thread Name: REQ/HELP African-American Railroad Work Songs
Subject: RE: REQ/HELP African-American Railroad Work Songs
Rounder, last year, rereleased a Library Of Congress (AFS L61, 1968), Archive of Folk Culture LP, called 'Railroad Songs & Ballads" Rounder CD 1508. These were collected between 1936-1959 & has 22 tracks. The notes are brilliant & encompassing, words are all there, to the songs & coversations. Another "live" source wold be a group of retired track liners, called the Buckingham Lining Bar Gang, Charles W White Sr. is the contact (& preformer) for bookings (& recordings if they have them), his number is published in the Virginia Folk(lore?) Project, so I feel ok in reprinting it (804-969-4169). Their performance includes (15 track liners) the singing of the songs while actually laying down tie & track, & driving the rail spikes. If you want to see/hear this you can find them on the WWW or catch them at Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival in Conn., this June 11- June 14. Barry