First broadcast June 23, 2000

"Say, Can You Hear That Whistle Blow?":
Songs Of The Rails And The Hobos Who Rode Them

This theme show is a long-standing tradition at Profiles in Folk -- and, judging from listeners response and inquiries, one of our most popular annual shows. This year's show featured old favorites, several new twists and a set on one musician who's seen more than his share of travelin' -- Ramblin' Jack Elliott.

    Artist, "Title", Album, Label

    Train Sounds

  • Northern Lights, "Northern Rail", Take You To The Sky, Flying Fish

  • Peter Rowan w/ Red Hot Pickers, "Hobo Song", Peter Rowan w/ the RHP, Sugar Hill


    The Trains

  • Palmer McAbee, "McAbee's Railroad Piece", Train 45, Rounder

  • Grayson & Whitter, "Train 45", The Recordings Of Grayson & Whitter, County

  • Andrew & Jim Baxter, "K.C. Railroad Blues", "The Moore Girl", Violin, Sing The Blues For Me, Top Hat


  • Doc & Richard Watson, "Train Whistle Blues", Third Generation Blues, Sugar Hill

  • Jubliant Bridge, "Slow Moving Freight Train", Under Shattered Skies, independent

  • Mark Erelli, "Midnight Train", Mark Erelli, Signature Sounds

  • Buddy Merriam & Backroads, "Mystery Train/Tiger Man", Mystery Train, Lily Pad


  • U. Utah Phillips, "Wabash Cannonball/Tolono", Good Though!, Philo


    The Hobos

  • Kate Wolf, "The Hobo", Give Yourself To Love, Kaleidoscope

  • U. Utah Phillips, "Going Away", Good Though!, Philo

  • U. Utah Phillips, "Hood River Blackie/Hood River Roll On", Loafer's Glory, Red House

  • Bob Martin, "Silver Rails To Rio", The River Turns The Wheel, Riversong

  • Kelly Jo Phelps, "Hobo's Song", Shine Eyed Mister Zen, Ryko Disc

  • Don Lange, "Here's To You Rounders", Natural Born Heathen, Flying Fish


  • Ramblin' Jack Elliott, "Rock Island Line", Me And Bobby McGee, Rounder

  • Ramblin' Jack Elliott, "Freight Train Blues", Kerouac's Last Dream, Appleseed

  • Ramblin' Jack Elliott w/ Jerry Jeff Walker, "Hard Travelin'", Friends of Mine, Hightone

  • Ramblin' Jack Elliott, "I Ain't Got No Home", "Pastures Of Plenty", South Coast, Red House


  • Pete Seeger, "Hobo's Lullaby", A Link In The Chain, Columbia/Legacy