The sound of the train in the distance. The whistle and steam of an antique engine. The lonesome stretch of the rails. Trains and railroads have shaped the way we live, and the rhythm of the rails flows seamlessly into music. This episode of Rise When the Rooster Crows, The Way of the Rail, features songs of trains and railroads. It is a program of traditional North American music, its roots, branches, and beyond.
Artists in this episode include: Foghorn Stringband; Tony Ellis; JW Sparrow; Hobe Kytr And Dave Berge; Elizabeth Cotten; Laura Love; The Downtown Mountain Boys; Jeff Warner; Bruce Springsteen; Chesapeake; Gordon Lightfoot; Elizabeth LaPrelle; The Cottars; Guy Clark; Cordelia's Dad; Mary Garvey; The Red Clay Ramblers; Mary Flower; Joe Jenks; Jeni Foster; Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn; Norman Blake.