By popular demand I will be posting some of our music experiences and favorite artists on the blog.
Here’s what John had to say about our adventure on April 22, 2015.
“In Junior High I lived with train songs – The Wreck of the Old 97, Midnight Special, Rock Island Line – though sophisticated older schoolboys looked down on the Lonnie Donegan versions. I have smiled to meet American musicians who acknowledge Lonnie’s significance (he died in Los Angeles not long after I came here).
It happened again last night when I talked to Doug Graham of The Grahams, whom we heard at The Mint in Los Angeles. A married couple, they have made a great film during their pilgrimage along the railroad tracks in the South where they were ‘submerging themselves in the soul of America.’
New Orleans was the end of the Rock Island Line, and the end of the line for the City of New Orleans overnight express from Chicago immortalized in Good Morning, America, How Are You? (which I associate with Willie Nelson but Kathleen associates with Joan Baez). The film reminded me, too, of the first night I slept in the USA, in Fort Worth. I could hear trains and train whistles that made me feel I was on a movie set. Last night, I sang Midnight Special to Kathleen on the way home. I still know the words.”
The Gramhams performed some foot-stompin’ songs from this “album”–okay for you youngsters, from this CD: