Choo Choo. And whoo whoo

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry - Shine A Light  Field Recordings from the American RailroadIn March 2016 Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, guitars in hand, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train at Chicago’s Union Station looking to reconnect with the culture of American railroad travel and the music it inspired. Winding along 2,728 miles of track over four days, the pair recorded classic railroad songs in waiting rooms and at trackside while the train paused to pick up passengers.


Their album is due in September. You can watch them make Midnight Special HERE. There’s also an interactive map with a bit about the song they perform at each stop. Can’t say I normally get excited about either man, but this looks like a beautiful, warm, one-of-a-kind piece of work. UK and US tours will follow this fall/winter.

2 thoughts on “Choo Choo. And whoo whoo

  1. I’ll admit that i had to look Joe Henry up on Wikipedia, having never heard of him before. I like the sound of his album Fuse. I might have to investigate it.

    I listened to the Chicago bit first. I know “The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore” because Michelle Shocked covered it on her Short, Sharp Shocked album. It is a lovely song.

    Both of the short pieces of music have a nice feel to them. It is all part of Billy Bragg’s Woody Guthrie/vintage Americana obsession, isn’t it?

    I’ll be interested in hearing the album once it is released. I certainly enjoyed hearing “Midnight Special”, which is a great song.

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