Thursday, October 7, 2021

VA - John & Alan Lomax and the Early Folk Music Collections at the Library of Congress [2016]



VA - John & Alan Lomax and the Early Folk Music Collections at the Library of Congress [2016]

Lost Train Blues features 22 selections from the vast holdings of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, 13 of them have never been issued before. The record includes work songs, ballads, blues, political and union songs, guitar, banjo and fiddle music and Native American vocal music. These recordings were made between 1933 and 1950 and represent the birth of the folk music collections at the Library of Congress, now the largest repository of folk and enthographic holdings in the world. The record demonstrates the groundbreaking work of Alan Lomax and his father John Lomax, but also places them with the context of other important early field workers. The deluxe record includes liner notes by Alan Lomax archive curator Nathan Salsburg, as well as a 14 page booklet with photographs and original research about each song, artist and folklorist. The cover features an original lithograph by artist Jeff Tocci. Each selection has been retransferred from original discs and tapes at the Library of Congress and has been carefully remastered by sound engineer Don Fierro making for the best possible audio fidelity. (Amazon)



Track list


01 Clyde “Kingfish” Smith WPA Song 0:40

02 Jesse Wadley, John Wadley, Will Jones & Felix Davenport Longest Train I Ever Saw 4:07

03 Daw Henson The Moonshiner 2:50

04 Wilson “Stavin’ Chain” Jones, Charles Gobert & Octave Amos Stavin' Chain 1:15

05 Jess Morris Unfortunately Dog or Stony Point 0:39

06 Carl Lanthrop Leather Breeches 0:32

07 Fred Perry & Glenn Carver Lost Train Blues 1:29

08 James "Blind Jim" Howard The Hard Working Miner (Only a Miner) 2:09

09 Jesse Wadley St. James Infirmary 2:02

10 Ruby Hughes & Oliver Hughes Lamp Lighting Time In the Valley 2:09

11 Helen Hallmark, Luella Hallmark & Juanita Hallmark Cherokee Christian Hymn 1:13

12 Boys Chorus of the Santa Fe In My One-Eyed Ford 1:10

13 Camp Morris & Group Captain Haney Blues 2:34

14 James Sneed, J.F. Duffey & Alvin Sanders Southern Rag 0:57

15 Elmo Newcomer & Bill Newcomer Turkey in the Straw 3:25

16 Elmo Newcomer Rye Whiskey 3:28

17 Hattie Ellis & “Cowboy” Jack Ramsey Desert Blues 2:22

18 Rowena Knight & Liberty High School Quartet Hard Times 1:23

19 Tillman Cadle I Don't Want Your Millions Mis 1:44

20 J.W. Russell Battle in the Horseshoe 2:00

21 Hammer Clarence Banks, Bob Bentley, Charlie Blake & Harold Vosburg Travelin' to That New Buryin' Ground 1:35

22 Buster “Buzz” Ezell Roosevelt and Hitler Part 1 3:20




  1. Right up my alley - thank you most kindly, generous Butter!

  2. BB, again a great release and what a treasure for folk lovers especially when it is from the library of congress
    tanks so much again

    1. Hi Serge,
      Good to see you. I trust all is well.
      This is a single disc compilation that is so rewarding. Glad you like it.