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BILLY BRAGG AND JOE HENRY

Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad

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COOKCD623
SKU:
958773
PLU: 711297512328

Recorded While Travelling Across America By Train 'Shine A Light' Features Songs Originally Made Famous By Hank Williams, Lead Belly, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Glen Campbell, Gordon Lightfoot & More!
 
Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of his obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas, not least those of his artistic and philosophical forebear Woody Guthrie.

Recorded While Travelling Across America By Train 'Shine A Light' Features Songs Originally Made Famous By Hank Williams, Lead Belly, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Glen Campbell, Gordon Lightfoot & More!
 
Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of his obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas, not least those of his artistic and philosophical forebear Woody Guthrie.

Format - CD
Genre - Pop & Rock
Release Date - 23/09/16
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Recorded While Travelling Across America By Train 'Shine A Light' Features Songs Originally Made Famous By Hank Williams, Lead Belly, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Glen Campbell, Gordon Lightfoot & More!
 
Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of his obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas, not least those of his artistic and philosophical forebear Woody Guthrie.

With his friend and collaborator, US singer songwriter Joe Henry, he has made an album that focuses on the transformative part the railroad played in disseminating the songs that gave birth to the rock'n'roll era. 'Shine A Light – Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad' by Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, released via Cooking Vinyl, is a collection of railway-themed classic songs recorded in the course of a 65 hour journey across the US on the Texas Eagle railroad service.

Featuring thirteen songs originally recorded by legendary singers such as Lead Belly, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Glen Campbell and more, the album is an atmospheric travelogue, a gripping lesson in musicology, but most importantly it is a beautifully recorded collection of wonderful tunes.
 
In March 2016 Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, guitars in hand, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train at Chicago's Union Station. Winding along 2,728 miles of track, the pair recorded songs while the train paused to pick up passengers. In waiting rooms and at the track side in St Louis, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Alpine TX, El Paso and Tucson they set up their recording equipment, and performed classic railroad songs while keeping half an eye on the train and jumping back on board just before pulling out for the next town. After four days crossing the country, they pulled into Los Angeles at 4:30am, recording their final song in Union Station accompanied by the first chirpings of the dawn chorus.
 
The resulting album 'Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad' features the perfectly matched voices of Bragg and Henry and captures the varied atmospheres of the environments in which they recorded—from the close proximity of soft-furnished sleeping cars to the cathedral-like ambience of historic railway stations.
 
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry most recently worked together when Henry produced Bragg's acclaimed 2013 album 'Tooth & Nail.'

Primary Format - MusicCD
ArtistBILLY BRAGG AND JOE HENRY
LabelCooking Vinyl
Music GenreSinger/Songwriter
Music Genre PrimaryPop & Rock
Music Genre SecondaryFolk

CD

  • 1. Rock Island Line Traditional (Recorded by Lead Belly, Lonnie Donegan)
  • 2. The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore Jean Ritchie
  • 3. The Midnight Special Traditional (Lead Belly)
  • 4. Railroad Bill Traditional (Riley Puckett)
  • 5. Lonesome Whistle Hank Williams
  • 6. KC Moan Traditional (The Memphis Jug Band)
  • 7. Waiting For A Train Jimmie Rodgers
  • 8. In The Pines Traditional (Lead Belly, The Louvin Brothers)
  • 9. Gentle On My Mind John Hartford (Glenn Campbell, Aretha Franklin)
  • 10. Hobo's Lullaby - Goebel Reeves (Woody Guthrie)
  • 11. Railroading On The Great Divide Sara Carter (The Carter Family)
  • 12. John Henry Traditional (Doc Watson)
  • 13. Early Morning Rain Gordon Lightfoot
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