In 2006 my good buddy and I investigated the mystery of the American rails. We studied maps, made phone calls, and explored the rail yards of Tucson. Ultimately our adventure ended in a bar a quarter mile from the tracks, but it never snuffed out the intrigue of the cars, tracks, and the sound of the engines rolling through our whistle stop. Years later a friend of ours took up employment with a global transportation company learning just what we sought to find out, striking at the heart of our intrigue. Yet, even as our questions find their answers with significantly more ease, there is still the allure of the off-beat narrow-gauge, strange-gauge, un-gauged tracks that criss-cross the country in places man’s forgotten about, atop mountains lost to snow and sleet and wind, in caves, through tunnels, and across the barren desert.
This album is a compilation of songs recorded throughout the rail-era with distinct intention, comprehensively telling the story of the American rails. It features well known and unknown artists alike and explores the nuance rail life. Of the twenty-nine songs the themes run the gamut of rail-life, focusing on the subtle hatred of boss, the perpetual theft of the boss’ daughter and wife, and the ubiquitous song heralding the man who should be the boss but ultimately meets his demise through, the all too common, suspect circumstances. While these songs are representative of the last century, they seem to keep pace with the mystery that follows the engines in our hearts and our minds, here and gone.
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