Study Guide, Railroad Folksongs

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American Studies Department Rutgers—The State University Study Guide: “Railroad Folksongs” 1.“Little John Henry” by Hylo Brown Black labor song; banjo was an African import; song celebrates the use of a 9-pound hammer; John Henry buried alongside the railroad; written by Monroe Brothers 2. “New River Train” by Jack Casey Harmony vocals; banjo; New River part of Ohio River watershed, through NC, VA, WV; named New River b/c early white explorers did not find it; train goes through New River gorge, “grand canyon of the east”; plot of song is that sung to girlfriend, lack of fidelity; written by Bill Monroe Sentimental, harmony vocals; guitar with mandolin; 4. “Waiting for a Train” by Big John DeMarcus Pedal steel and violin; written by Jimmy Rogers; folk songs now defined as a “standard”; story of a hobo; get ride at a water tank; hobo wants to go home; 5. “Wreck of the Old ‘97” by by Earl Taylor & Jim McCall with Stoney Mountain Boys
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This note was uploaded on 02/29/2012 for the course 050 366 taught by Professor Angusgillespie during the Spring '12 term at Rutgers.

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