Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Hillbilly Boogie On The Rails

The jazzy, upbeat sounds of swing made its way to the mountains and the combination of old-time rural rhythm and infectious swing tempo make it nearly impossible to keep from dancing!

Trains have been the subject of old-time music since the first rails were laid through the mountains to the coal mines and rural communities. The tradition continued with the addition of an appropriate boogie rhythm.

The Delmore Brothers - Midnight Train.mp3

Tommy Scott - Rockin' And Rollin'.mp3

Shorty Long - Goodnight Cincinnatti, Good Morning Tennessee.mp3

Johnny Tyler - Freight Train Boogie.mp3


Anonymous Richard said...

Dang! I lubs me some trains, yes I do! Some of my best memories come from my time travelin' in the Army - whenever I was sent anywhere, they cut a voucher for a SLEEPER CAR on a PULLMAN train ... now, folks, if you've never experienced either of those two things, well, you've missed a helluva good thing ... I don't even want to think what that experience would cost these days - and I got it FREE back then ...

I'd pull the folding bed down, sleep during the night, wake up in the morning with the rolling of the car as the train barreled down the tracks, and watch the countryside go by ... later, I'd shave and dress, visit the dining car, and return to my sleeper car to take a nap ... I can't recall any more satisfying moment than those spent in those Pullman cars ... it truly was a li'l slice of heaven while it lasted ... it's also the closest I've ever come to sheer contentment on this earth in my 63 years here ... The other form of travel during those years was a free flight on the C-47 (who remembers those?) ... folding chairs, no lap belts, no in-flight meal service ... just hope y' didn't sit next to a 'white-knuckle flyer' having their first flight ... not pretty ... Yeah, I'd definitely like to hook up with Mr Peabody and his 'Way Back Machine' and revisit those Pullman sleeper car days once again ... friends, that is mighty fine travelin' ... if you EVER get the chance to ride one, don't make the mistake of passing up the opportunity ... it is TRULY something special ...

January 31, 2008 11:19 AM  
Anonymous dan said...

Heaven, for me, would have been sitting in the Federal recording studios with a cooler filled, watching and hearing these artists lay down their tracks. My Heaven would have become hell in a hurry if someone would have nailed my shoes to the floor. These tunes make me tap my toes, and sometimes stomp my feet.

January 31, 2008 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Richard was warm on the Pullman. I re-designed the heating system years ago.

Yea, Ed, my "Freight Train Boogie" was lined-out. Great speech on the previous post, by the way.

Does everyone understand that if there was no income ceiling on our SS tax, there would be no SS crisis?

January 31, 2008 6:14 PM  
Anonymous Richard said...

Anonymous, I never had a problem with the heating on the Pullman - worked great in any weather ... you did good!

January 31, 2008 7:51 PM  
Anonymous john said...

What do you mean by "having trouble with Comcast, AGAIN." ? Our catv just got bought out by Comcast and they took over service this month.
What kind of horrors do I have to look forward to??

January 31, 2008 9:00 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

John, Comcast has been driving me nuts for the past few months. CATV is fine, the trouble is with their personal online file storage (where I store the audio files for the Bus). Comcast upgraded the servers, now when I try to FTP all I get are errors.

January 31, 2008 9:29 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Richard, your memories of the old Pullman's are great. I always enjoy travelling by train.

January 31, 2008 9:31 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Our Anonymous Friend, Pullman sleeper car heating systems? That's a big change from power plants and refineries. If you're looking to get back into the design biz, I sure could use some help.

January 31, 2008 9:42 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Dan, If my shoes were nailed to the floor I'd be tappin' along barefoot. I don't think it's possible to keep your feet still wihen these tunes are playing.

January 31, 2008 9:44 PM  
Anonymous Richard said...

John ...
Just wait 'til your COMCAST bill arrives ... ours went up over $40 in just the three months after they took over from Time-Warner here in Memphis ... they suck big-time ... I used to complain about TW, but I got to say that Comcast is the worst outfit (and the biggest rip) I've ever dealt with, and that includes Cox in New Orleans (before AND after Katrina) ... Good luck with your experience with 'em ...

February 01, 2008 11:16 AM  
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February 01, 2008 11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ed, between Tyrone and Waterford,I did injection mold design, designed tools for use on the moon, etc., too.

If my current situation doesn't work out (by spring?) I might hit you up on that offer.

Comcast guys, I got a dish satellite system (way better than cable) but still have their internet. That will change, soon.

And, all the posted songs are available to me now.

February 01, 2008 1:45 PM  
Blogger 田园树 said...

i am chinese.
in my city,i can see the old train every day. it is normal.
but every foreign people come here would take fotos of steam trains.

February 10, 2008 3:59 AM  
Blogger 田园树 said...

i like jazz,really.
do you listen to the radio? i like voice of america.

February 10, 2008 4:01 AM  

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