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With. Welcome to bluegrass and program of all time American music. Relative to America in the fourth decade of the 19th century. As early as 1830 trial ones were being made on an experimental railroad in South Carolina by 1831 regular service was established in New York State backed by foreign capital mostly British. The railroads expanded rapidly across the country and soon came to exert an overbearing influence on American life. Picture for a moment the
wonder and the fascination the enormous machines possessed for early Americans. They were the latest word in modernity. Noisy prone to explode without notice and otherwise dangerous in the extreme. As a consequence of the high speeds they attained the men who ran the railroads were technicians possessed of arcane knowledge and a vast fund of jargon. They were in short the equivalence in everyway of today's technicians who send our rockets and satellites huffing and puffing into outer space. As we've indicated there was a large element of risk involved in the operation of early railroads. One of the first locomotives in the new world exploded one afternoon when a fireman who got tired of the hissing of a safety valve on the boiler tied the valve down with a piece of string. Other accidents were not so avoidable but equally tragic. Let us consider with the help of the New Lost City Ramblers the plight of the truant trembling brakeman. This is starting
to. Famine break month hand-to-hand on that train. Oh she's a man above the bar you know. True the enchanted Craig Mundie has a nice fish goes to the get. There is was one thing for you and the train to break. Through and Camden breaks as the cars go rushing out of break because most turgid.
See that through and jam and bank money as beneath that train. One moments far to the Far East beneath that Grey. Seat and for a young engineer for a job when he was. Drunk on his end to have. Easy food banks to prove their new. Card you know-I five say he's not good enough. You know car wheels are all in our hands or his man will
buy it. Yesterday in our new There are you flying fish there yes I'm crossing to a better show. He's on a man where I can than ours. SISTER When you see my piece do you do you not sing to every break defeat the loathing life. You were such a slow day at. THIS HOUR. So it was this bread was. Anxious was mousy speeding the
workload thing and. The Orange Blossom Special is an old fashioned breakdown which glorifies the mechanical marvels of railroading the instruments are all caught up caught up in the magic of old trains. The fiddle starts off with a long wailing blast on the engines whistle and the train is off clattering across the countryside. The bell rings the guitar mimics the clickety clack of the rails and the driver wheels clank and pound as the engine labors uphill. This is a vintage version of Orange Blossom Special recorded by Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys about 1940. The air in the air. To get it. Keep
the egg. Yeah. To kill any land. L.A. Mayor Oh yeah. Yeah. Yeah yeah. But you're getting a. Break. At it at it. Speak
speak to any. Of the air. What about integrating the elderly. Well you know this plane asked me if I was allowed to eat ye luck ye ye ye. Ye ye. Ye the record number nine is typical of a great number of songs about railroad accidents and this case the brave engineer takes his train out in the teeth of a winter storm and collides head on with an oncoming train to make the song even more a model and we find out that the next day he was
to be married to his childhood sweetheart. Ernest Stoneman performs on mouth harp and autoharp. US S.. I am. In a car. Under an hour. Or so. And then when I. Come howling down the law a relief for you to. Answer the bell. And the ball. On the unarmed. Kid. With. An air. Of. Drawing. Him out of. The bar the ruler of Iran. And. The dog. Remarkably you. Know. Yes. I am. I am.
I am. I am. Or ever will be. Will. Ever pray. To. And live like I am for you from going. To a. Head. For. Me. To Write A and the above remark when need be or with. The better you'll land in Britain I. Saw it here with. You and. You know. Where you are and you have. To. Read. The. Koran or where. I am. I am. I am. I am. I am. You are a few out. There on the ground and yet you are a very. And the president you.
Dance. To the main barrier told you. I am only a lowly without more power and where I agree with you. You have to. Buy In. And. You. Are on that yeah because. I am. I am. With you. We'll have. Our last song today is another tone poem in praise of the railroads the puffing engine is mimicked by the fiddle with elaborate double stopping and bow technique while a train whistle blues harmonica is added to the usual instruments used by the mongrel brothers. The song is called Bringing in the Georgia
mail. I m. Going to make. The boy. The boy.
Blue grass and mountains are 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
The railroad in old time music
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