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Same Train a Different Time: Jimmie Rodgers and the White Man's Blues

   
 

May 31st, 2006 ~ The guitarist-singer Jimmie Rodgers has been called "The Father of Country Music," "America's Blue Yodeler," and "The Singing Brakeman." Born in Meridian, MS, in 1897, Rodgers recorded briefly between 1927 and 1933, but defined country music as "the white man's blues" with a related legacy of crooning, jazz, Hawaiian guitar and eclectic vaudeville-style entertainment. On the 70th anniversary of his death, American Routes looks at the life and legacy of Jimmie Rodgers. We'll speak with biographer Nolan Porterfield, and hear comments from country singer Merle Haggard and bluesman John Jackson, among others. Also, music about Rodgers' favorite subject--trains--in many styles... blues, country, soul, roots, rock and more.

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Hour One   Hour Two  
  • Open Bed: T for Texas (Blue Yodel #1) Jimmie Rodgers
    The Singing Brakeman, Bear Family
  • My Blue Eyed Jane Jimmie Rodgers
    The Singing Brakeman, Bear Family
  • Waiting For A Train Jerry Lee Lewis
    Classic - Jerry Lee Lewis, Classic
  • Waiting For A Train Dr. John
    The Brightest Smile in Town, Classic
  • My Good Gal's Gone Jimmie Rodgers
    The Singing Brakeman, Bear Family
  • Everybody Does it In Hawaii King Oliver & His Orchestra
    1929-30, JSP
  • Instrumental: Take The ‘A' Train Oscar Peterson
    Oscar Peterson Plays The Duke Ellington Song Book, Verve
  • INTERVIEW: Nolan Porterfield on Jimmie Rodgers
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  • Blue Yodel #9 Jimmie Rodgers
    The Singing Brakeman, Bear Family
  • My Blue Eyed Jane Jimmie Rodgers
    The Singing Brakeman, Bear Family
  • T.B. Blues Jimmie Rodgers
    The Singing Brakeman, Bear Family
  • CLIP: Merle Haggard
  • Jimmie Rodgers' Last Blue Yodel (Women Make a Fool Out of Me) Merle Haggard
    Same Train, A Different Time, Capitol
  • Hobo Bill's Last Ride Iris Dement
    The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute, Columbia
  • Instrumental: Train 45 1/2 Mike Auldridge
    Takoma Eclectic Sampler vol-2, Takoma
  • Mule Skinner Blues John Jackson
    Don't Let Your Deal Go Down, Arhoolie
  • In The Jailhouse Now Steve Earle
    The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute, Columbia
  • SEGMENT: Yodeling
  • Yodle Song-Coo Coo Eddie Heywood & The Blues Singers with Charles Anderson
    Complete Recorded Works 1923-1926, Document
  • Yodling Blues Bessie Smith
    The Complete Recordings Vol.1, Columbia
  • Yodel Birmingham Jubilee Singers
    Complete Recorded Works Vol.1 1926-1927, Document
  • Spaced Cowboy Sly & The Family Stone
    There's a Riot Goin On, Epic
  • Big Boy Now Super Chicken
    What You See, Fat Possum
  • Youyou Aleli Veka Wendo Kolosoy
    Indigo Tropical Collection, Indigo
  • Chemirocha The Young Maidens of the Kipsigi People
  • The Life of Jimmie Rodgers Gene Autry
    Memories of Jimmie Rodgers, Bear Family
  • Jimmie the Kid Jimmie Rodgers
    The Singing Brakeman, Bear Family
 
  • Open Bed: Night Train Bill Doggett
    Night Train Vol.3: Classic Railroad Songs, Rounder
  • Hobo, You Can't Ride This Train Louis Armstrong
    Complete RCA Victor Recordings, BMG
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo Ray Charles
    The Genius Hits The Road, Rhino
  • Waiting For The Train To Come In Peggy Lee
    The Best of Miss Peggy Lee, Capitol
  • Rockin' In Rhythm Duke Ellington
    The Centennial Edition: Complete RCA Victor Recordings 1927-1973, RCA
  • Take the A-Train Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
    Mystery Train: Classic Railroad Songs Vol. 2, Rounder
  • Night Train to Memphis Roy Acuff
    The King Of Country Music, Bear Family
  • Instrumental: Chattanooga Choo Choo Regina Carter
    Motor City Moments, Verve
  • Wabash Cannonball Blind Willie McTell
    Last Session, Bluesville
  • Freight Train Boogie Whitstein Brothers
    Mystery Train: Classic Railroad Songs Vol. 2, Rounder
  • Train of Love Johnny Cash
    Complete Sun Singles Vol.2, Bear Family
  • Down Home Special Bo Diddley
    Chess Box, MCA
  • Instrumental: Freight Train Boogie Johnny Otis
    The Johnny Otis Rhythm & Blues Caravan-The Complete Savoy Recordings, Atlantic
  • Back Up Train Al Green
    Master Hits, Arista
  • Stop That Train Bob Marley & The Wailers
    Talkin' Blues, Island
  • Still a Fool Muddy Waters
    His Best 1947 to 1955, MCA
  • Midnight Special Johnny Rivers
    Anthology 1964-1977, Rhino
  • Straight On The Rails Utah Phillips
    Good Though, Rounder
  • Life's Railway to Heaven Patsy Cline
    Mystery Train: Classic Railroad Songs Vol. 2, Rounder
  • End Bed: This Train The Staple Singers
    Freedom Highway, Columbia