Blow Yo’ Whistle Freight Train

September 29, 2009

KR_DelmoreBrosAd_lgAs an addendum to Kevin’s post, I’d like to submit a track from the Delmore Brothers, whom I and I’m sure many others consider to be one of the top country acts of all time. However, to call them country in this day and age (given what the genre “country” means in modern parlance) is a bit of a misnomer as they delved into early blues styles, gospel, ballads, rags, and more. Apparently even back in the day the Delmore sound was nuanced as “hillbilly boogie”, according to this poster from the Cincinnati Public Library. Doc Watson did their Big River Blues and called it Deep River Blues. Brown’s Ferry Blues is a big one. In the earlier phase of my UK group, Groanbox, when we had “boys” tacked on and we were playing blues, country, and Appalachian covers galore (before we turned into a world roots band), we had in our repertoire a healthy dose of Delmore tunes such as Lonesome Jailhouse Blues and Blue Railroad Train, Every so often we’d try and nail this haunting, beautiful gem of a song, Blow Yo’ Whistle Freight Train. The way it starts is just spooky.

Blow Yo’ Whistle Freight Train – The Delmore Brothers

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3 Responses to “Blow Yo’ Whistle Freight Train”

  1. archivistkevin Says:

    That intro really is something else – comes out of nowhere, and then into the smooth harmony.

  2. RobD Says:

    Your blog is so informative … ..I just bookmarked you….keep up the good work!!!! 🙂


  3. Hey very nice blog!!….I’m an instant fan, I have bookmarked you and I’ll be checking back on a regular….See ya


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