:: Title :: Railroad Bill
:: Genre :: bad man ballad, ballad, blues, blues ballad
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
:: Setting :: Unspecified
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., Anglo-American, Texas
:: Session :: Alan Lomax as performer I
:: Date :: 1957-1980
:: Reference Information :: T1009.0, Track 1 (00:01:42)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - These are home recordings of Alan Lomax performing six songs. He gives a brief introduction to each song, noting the key in which it will be performed.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Laws #13. Black ballad, or blues-ballad. Song based on exploits of a black train robber called Morris Slater, aka Railroad Bill. Reported to have had supernatural powers, Slater eluded lawmen till he was killed in 1897. First recorded in Georgia in 1924 by Gid Tanner and Riley Pucket, later by Hobart Smith. (See Norm Cohen, Long Steel Rail: the Railroad in American Fok Song. Urbana, 1981.)
:: Collection :: Miscellaneous Recordings 1950-1990

 

 

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