This mix was inspired by the comments on my Top 5 Train Songs post both here and on my Facebook wall. I had to do a little curating but I tried not to do much. Some songs I couldn’t find a decent version of and some I had to pick which artist I was going to use. I didn’t duplicate artists or songs and we still ended up at 25 tracks! I really hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed the work involved in putting it together.
It’s been a while since we had a top list and I figured train songs would be a great topic. So here are my Top 5 train songs:
- The Monkees – Last Train To Clarksville: This one has a lot of sentimental value for me and while it might not be one of the best train songs ever written it’s still one of my absolute favorites. A lot of train songs remind me of my grandpa, because reasons, but this one reminds of me of Saturdays with my mom and those memories are more than welcome.
- Jerry Jeff Walker – Some Go Home (The Train Song): Most folks would probably pick Desperadoes Waiting For A Train if they put a Jerry Jeff song of their list. This is a more of a deep cut about life in general and I think it’s a little more melancholy than Desperadoes and for that reason it’s a little higher on my list. Trust me, Desperadoes is on my list, it’s just not in the Top 5.
- Johnny Cash – Hey Porter: This is truly one that reminds of my Grandpa. From hearing him play it to the wooden train toys he made me by hand, that I failed to appreciate, while I was growing up. This is truly the stuff of fond memories and good times.
- Woody Guthrie – Hobo’s Lullaby: A true classic of the folk genre and beautifully performed song. I went back and grabbed Woody’s version but truly any cover I’ve heard has been amazing. I really like Woody’s take on this 1938 classic. The recording isn’t perfect but I think that adds to the experience.
- Avail – West Wye: As far as I know this is one of the only punk songs about trains and it’s the one that’s inspired the most wanderlust in me in recent years. The opening creates the perfect amount tension which drop you right in to Tim Barry’s vocals backed by the rest of Avail providing the perfect amount of drive to match the lyrics. I think that regardless of how life goes that this will always by my favorite train song.
There you have it, my top 5 train songs, so let’s have your thoughts on them as well as your top train songs…
WOOHOO! After 7 months of silence I am back in the saddle and ready to celebrate with a tidal wave of brand new music so let’s do this.
TRACK LISTING: [Artist – Song (Album)]
01. Tim Barry – ‘222’ (Manchester)
02. Daniel Romano – I’m Gonna Teach You (If I’ve Only One Time Askin’)
03. Daniel Romano – Old Fires Die (If I’ve Only One Time Askin’)
04. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard – Django And Jimmie (Django And Jimmie)
05. Heathen Sons – Fourth of July (Through the Eyes of the Lion)
06. Benchmarks – American Night (American Night)
07. Two Cow Garage – Let The Boys Be Girls
08. Have Gun Will Travel – True Believers (Science From An Easy Chair)
09. David Mayfield – Rain On My Parade (Strangers)
10. Scott H. Biram – Sinkin’ Down (Something’s Wrong/Lost Forever)
11. Whitey Morgan & The 78’s – That’s How I Got To Memphis (Sonic Ranch)
12. Chris Stapleton – Was It 26 (Traveler)
13. The Steeldrivers – Brother John (The Muscle Shoals Recordings)
14. Eilen Jewell – Needle & Thread (Sundown Over Ghost Town)
15. Closing song
Talk to y’all next month!
Our very own Wolf was on the radio with former 9B writer and editor Charles Hale this week and this is what it sounded like:
Benchmarks – “American Night” – American Night
Two Cow Garage – “Continental Distance” – Continental Distance
Benjamin Booker – “Have You Seen My Son?” – Benjamin Booker
Adam Faucett – “Rock Ain’t Gold” – Blind Water Finds Blind Water
Gaslight Anthem – “Lonesome Sound” – The ’59 Sound
Kill County – “Straight Six Ford” – The Year Of Getting By
Michael Dean Damron – “Dancing In The Moonlight” – Father’s Day
Shane Sweeney – “Motel Blues” – The Finding Time
Robert Chaney – “The Morning After” – Cracked Picture Frames
Tim Barry – “No News From the North” – Lost & Rootless
Jason Isbell – “Something More Than Free” – Something More Than Free
Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil – “Waiting On You” – Catch the Presidents
Tyler Childers – “Charleston Girl” – Live At The Red Barn Vol. 1
Aaron Lee Tasjan – “Santa Monica & Vine” – The Thinking Man’s Filth
Arliss Nancy – “Front Seat” – Simple Machines
Langhorne Slim & The Law – “Past lives” – The Way We Move
Lilly Hiatt – “Jesus Would’ve Let Me Pick the Restaurant” – Royal Blue
The Killers – “Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf” – Sawdust
Against Me! – “F*** My Life 666” – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Austin Lucas – “Alone in Memphis” – Stay Reckless
John Moreland – “Sad Baptist Rain” – High On Tulsa Heat
Barton Carroll – “Every Little Bit Hurts” – Avery County, I’m Bound To You
Jamestown Revival – “revival” – Utah
Matt Woods – “Beating Down My Door” – Matt Woods Manifesto
Cory Branan – “No Hit Wonder” – No Hit Wonder
Glossary – “At midnight” – How We Handle Our Midnights
Lucero – “Hearts On Fire” – Live DVD
Drive By Truckers – “Daddy’s Cup” – The Dirty South
Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – “Dirt Track” – A Live Show
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit this was an excuse to post Charles’ podcast because it completely rocks and he’s pretty damn awesome. I know I miss his voice in the background of things around here. I’ve added his podcast to “Sites We Read” and hopefully you’ll all subscribe to it. There’s a lot worse things you could do with your time.
[ed. note: the following is a note Todd passed onto me about music and musicianship, and I thought it would be a neat bit of inside baseball for you all to see]
We had a really cool discussion in the van today while driving to Columbus. Murph and I are probably the most “schooled” musicians in the band as far as music theory goes. He’s a horn player, so it goes hand in hand with that. I had two years in high school of theory, but I don’t really remember too much, and I never really applied it much to my guitar playing. Micah was a drum line guy in high school (and is actually an amazing drummer, for those who don’t know), and Shane basically learned how to play bass as they were recording Please Turn the Gas Back On. Shane brought up an interesting point though, that he had always listened to music as a songwriter as opposed to a bass player. Since he’s started to listen to music as a bass player, he’s improved, he says. I used to listen to songs as a guitar player, and as a songwriter second. In the last five years, it’s been the opposite, and I sort of abandoned improving at guitar. Being in Two Cow, however, has given me a new urge to get the books and scales out and REALLY learn how to play properly. Murph said the same thing. He’s been drumming for over half his life, but never really learned how to play drums. Rock and roll is a strange and wonderful thing where the emotion is more important than the technique. However, we all want to get better with the actual “playing” part. Murph and I both have this want to hit the books when we get home and really zero in on becoming GOOD players. We do this for a living, and we should take it seriously, we decided. For the first time ever, I want to go home and PRACTICE. Just some random van thoughts.
Tonight is the last show of the Two Cow/Tim Barry tour, so if you or your friends are in Louisville be sure to check it out!! There are still some more tour diaries on the way next week…
5/20 – Chicago, IL @ Gman Tavern
5/21 – St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
5/22 – Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
So one thing we like over here at Ninebullets is learning about the other side of the equation, and seeing what’s going on with the artists who make the music we love. Todd Farrell Jr., a singer/songwriter whose endeavors have been covered here at 9b before, recently joined fan-favorite band Two Cow Garage as an additional guitarist. We asked Todd to share with us what it was like being a newly minted member of one of his favorite bands.
May 13, 2015
5/20 – Chicago, IL @ Gman Tavern
5/21 – St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
5/22 – Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
So I’ve been working a lot lately, and thinking about work. I’m too exhausted to put much thought into this post, so I’m not going to. I have a lot of feelings about work, and you can find a lot of them in this mixtape.
It has a lot of stuff I really love: starts out with a rare Lucero track, has some live Lee Bains III, good ol’ Tim Barry, and is (I believe) the Ninebullets debut of a little-known artist named Kanye West.
Give it a listen and let me know what you like to have in your ears at work. For me it’s audiobooks, rock operas, and the constant needling of my own self-doubt.
I want to get more into making mixtapes for folks, and maybe podcasting in the manner of our very own Charles Hale’s Ajax Diner Book Club. So here’s a taste of what I bring to the table, pun from mixing metaphors neither intended nor appreciated.
Hole Dozer Mixtape Track Listing
1. “The Bridge” – Lucero
2. “Last Of The Working Slobs” – The Von Erichs
3. “Saturday Night – Two Cow Garage
4. “Mutiny” – William Elliot Whitmore
5. “Save Your Money for the Weekend” – Glossary
6. “Spaceship” – Kanye West (feat. GLC & Consequence)
7. “Ne’er Do Wells” – Audra Mae
8. “Sweat & Cigarettes” – John Moreland
9. “Moonshiner” – SCORPIOS
10. “Avoiding Catatonic Surrender” – Tim Barry
11. “Br00tal” – Drag The River
12. “A Company Town” – Matt Woods
13. “Five O’Clock World” – The Vogues
14. “Four Score And Seven” – Titus Andronicus
15. “Dirt Track (Live on WFMU)” – Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
Perhaps you remember the name Tyler Keith from my review two years ago of Black Highway by Tyler Keith and The Apostles, perhaps you remember the late-90’s garage rock band The Neckbones. On his latest release Alias Kid Twist, Tyler records solo and strips his classic surliness down to just his guitar, piano and voice. Folks around Mississippi have known for years of Keith’s talent with just a guitar but with the release of Alias Kid Twist a wider audience has a chance to hear the words that have been bellowing underneath the crunchy and jagged guitars for over a decade.
Teetering somewhere around a humorous Tom Waits, a surly Bob Dylan and the talented open mike singer who’s had a few too many drinks, the songs on Alias Kid Twist tap into feelings of desperation, vengeance and despair. A pop sensibility slips into “No More Trains,” a classic song about being stuck. Yet it is Keith’s voice, loaded with nasally distortion that carries these melodies out of the speakers and into the echoes inside our own heads.
If you have not read the book or seen the movie The Outsiders I pity you as a human. Clearly Keith has an affinity for the story of kids from the wrong side of the tracks banding together because “Do It For Johnny” chronicles the adventures of Dallas, Pony Boy and the others. Songs about books often leave something to be desired but “Do It For Johnny” captures the attitude, love and respect of these famous greasers.
There are a number of piano songs on Alias Kid Twist, including “Be Sure Your Sins” and “When The Holy Spirit Moves”, and these songs add much-needed depth and character to this collection.
Like the best of Tim Barry, Alias Kid Twist allows the listener to live inside their own despair and work through their disgust at the world one song at a time.