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Welcome to bluegrass and program of American music. Thank you. For today's program we've selected a number of work songs to listen to in large of the songs out today at the arrival of the labor union on the American scene. Nonetheless they reflect the poor working conditions of industry a few generations ago pay was low hours long and the work was back breaking the minimum wage in child labor laws were unheard of. Our first song about the life of a coal miner is my Harry and Ginny West West's play six string guitar and oboe in their bluesy version of the coal miners blues. The first few notes set the mournful tone of the song and the Bilbo moans around in the background to reinforce the effect of. Thank.
God. I think that. Thank you. They are. Like the. Big. Five. Mind. You.
Me. Me me. Me. Life in the textile factories wasn't very attractive either. The industry which began in England
hundreds of years ago was one of the first to become automated riots were quite common when modern machinery was introduced to increase production and take away jobs New Lost City Ramblers describe a lot of the workers in a song called The weave room blues. Once again the bro is lead instrument. By getting somebody. To take. Them. I got them with. A rule. When you're in the slammer shuttle vans and on the floor and when you're flying to fix you can see the
news are trying to go there but I think we're on a good note that. I got the boot. I got it. I got the mold me. I got. The harness on the braking and the doubles come in through the down. And down and you Ira Atlanta. Where you. Are with the. Blues I got the. I got the hood I got the mole blues. I got the blues. You. Slam out break dance not by the story. I love
being the flower the batter running in this thing where. The dining room where they got the. Another respected profession of old was banded three outlaws such as Jesse James attained the status of folk heroes. Here's a song about a lesser known bad man named Otto Wood whose criminal career began with a murder in Greensboro North Carolina and 1923 and ended seven years later with his death in a gun battle on December 30th 1930. An estimated 60000 persons viewed his body before burial in Carbondale West Virginia. Many of them bearing flowers are. If so.
Step up but as I listen to my song I'll sing it to you right but you might sing a. Song about a man to call out the word again to know about it when. He stepped down upon a job a rainy day and then he had a bar where the clerk they say. People out of this still instructing available Oh oh the the way the story goes opto I didn't know you'd been dead and gone. On tour mired in your run when the tour pulled out that border. They spread the news as fast as a good as your server or no not though. Yours in murder in the second degree I'm the judge by the Senate of the penitentiary. They put it in the bin but it done no good because it wasn't home and the collabo.
Get one day long to visit outside of the gun on the guards and think the part God told why didn't you run off them didn't end on. October Why didn't you run when the sheriff pulled out that body. The second time they caught him with the way out west and all of gamey gone child through the brain. They brought him by again when he got well the lock him down in the dungeons. He was a man they could not run by always toted devoted Borg. Below him in any way you know how and he just didn't think nobody indoor outdoor Why didn't you run are both done dead and gone. Good hearted neuron when these are pulled out that part of.
Us. He rambled out West then it rounded all around really mad to hear them as. They set out on the step to the way believe anything you've ever read. He bowled out his gun and then he said make a good move then you both. You better crank up the car and take me out of town but a few minutes later he would graveyard down not oh I didn't you not those then. You run with your. Doc Watson singing on a would the bandit perhaps the best known American Work Song is John
Henry about a famous contest bit contest between men and steam drill. The song says that John Henry won the drilling contest but it was something of a Pyrrhic victory after all since he died from his exertions on the descendants of a steam drill are still drilling away. John Henry said. To be spam. Or Manning. A bank. And people. Were running ME ON DOWN. With my camera. Man. On. My. Way and my hammer. Man lot on. Fire with my hammer. Band. John Henry hammered. Hamburg.
Well last her. Forcing the view. With me. Bordering on hard heart and a good thing. Newborns are on the. Brink of War for a lot to. Me. I like to. Manage to agree. On. Everything the part of not a
lot of the speech. Live. Long. Rounding out today's program a bluegrass Melton's was the new law City Ramblers with their version of John Henry. Melton's a program of all time American music is produced at the University of Michigan. Sanford Fido speaking this is the national educational radio network.
Bluegrass and mountains
Work songs in old time music
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This program focuses on the work songs that were a part of old time music.
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Recordings of and talk about a wide variety of old time American music.
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Host: Fidell, S. A. (Sanford A.)
Producing Organization: University of Michigan
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