Riding the Rivers and Rails: Justin Townes Earle and Captain Doc Hawley


August 1st, 2012 ~ Have you ever sailed the Mississippi on a riverboat? Heard a calliope bounce notes off a barge? Caught the freight train boogie? This week on American Routes, we're riding the rails and sailing sails with words and music dedicated to two old forms of transport. We'll visit with Captain Doc Hawley, a calliope player on the "Natchez" in New Orleans to find out what it takes to make a boat sing. And a conversation with singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle, who knows a thing or two about trains. Plus music about rivers, railcars and riding around.

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  • Open Bed: Freight Train Buddy Miller and the Magnificent Strings
    Buddy Miller and the Magnificent Strings, New West
  • Cross-Tie Walker Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Creedence Clearwater Revival: 1969, Fantasy
  • Mystery Train Little Junior Parker and HIs Blue Flames
    Night Train: Classic Railroad Songs, Volume 3, Rounder
  • All Aboard Muddy Waters
    Night Train: Classic Railroad Songs, Volume 3, Rounder
  • Blue Railroad Train Delmore Brothers
    Brown's Ferry Blues, County
  • Freight Train Blues Bob Dylan
    Bob Dylan, Columbia
  • Ol' Cannonball North Mississippi Allstars
    Keys to the Kingdom, Songs of the South
  • Instrumental: Railroad Bill Etta Baker
    Railroad Bill, Sire
  • SEGMENT: Justin Townes Earle
  • Wreck of the Old '97 Johnny Cash
    The Man in Black: 1954-1958, Bear Family
  • Freight Train Boogie Doc Watson
    Elementary Doctor Watson, Tomato
  • Casey Jones The Grateful Dead
    Workingman's Dead, Warner Brothers
  • Instrumental: Waiting on a Train Jorma Kaukonen
    Blue Country Heart, Columbia
  • 2:19 John Hammond
    Wicked Grin, Virgin
  • Waiting For the Train to Come In Peggy Lee
    The Best of Miss Peggy Lee, Capitol
  • Broken Hearted Traveler Floyd Dixon
    His Complete Aladdin Recordings, Capitol
  • Little Rootie Tootie Thelonious Monk
    Thelonious Monk, Prestige
  • Dixie Flyer Randy Newman
    The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 2, Nonesuch
  • End Bed: Phantom Fantasie Fletcher Henderson
    Jazz Tribune No30: The Indispensable Fletcher Henderson, RCA
  • Frankie and Johnny Fate Marable
    That Devlin' Tune: A Jazz History 1895-1950, WHRA
  • Steamboat The Drifters
    Rockin' & Driftin', Rhino
  • Old Man River The Ravens
    Old Man River, Savoy Jazz
  • Mississippi River Blues Big Bill Broonzy
    When the Sun Goes Down: Walk Right In, RCA
  • Mississippi Delta Blues Jimmie Rodgers
    The Singing Breakman, Bear Family
  • CLIP: John St. Cyr
  • Instrumental: Riverboat Shuffle Bix Beiderbecke
    Vol. 2: Bix Lives, Naxos Jazz
  • SEGMENT: Riverboat Captain Doc Hawley
  • Natchez Whistle John Hartford
    Headin' Down Into the Mystery Below, Flying Fish
  • Long Gone Lonesome Blues Hank Williams
    The Original Singles Collection…Plus, Polydor
  • J'Etais a la Riviere (I Went to the River) Camey Doucet
    Camey Doucet –Jimmy Thibodeaux et Musique, Swallow
  • I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water Charlie Rich
    Feels Like Home: The Essential Charlie Rich, Epic
  • Instrumental: Moon River Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones
    Bill Frisell with Dave Holland and Elvin Jones, Nonesuch
  • Riverboat Lee Dorsey
    The Greatest Hits & More 1960-1978, Charly
  • To the River Smiley Lewis
    Shame, Shame, Shame, Bear Family
  • Down by the River Johnny Adams
    Reconsider Me: A Golden Classics Edition, Collectibles
  • Bring It On Home Sonny Boy Williamson
    His Best, Chess
  • That's Where I'm Going Eilen Jewell
    Queen of the Minor Key, Signature Sounds
  • Take Me to the River Al Green
    Explores Your Mind, Right Stuff
  • End Bed: Calliope Captain Doc Hawley
    American Routes Original Recording,