First broadcast September 1, 2000

Songs Of Working People

A show to kick off the Labor Day weekend. I reprised a set from Pete Seeger that the show featured two years ago (when the Seeger compilation came out) to unbelievable audience response. The remainder of show focused on working people: immigrant labor, those who work on the water and truck driving (yes, the Tom Rush piece isn't about truck driving, but it could be!)

    Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • John Fahey, "John Henry", The Legend Of Blind Joe Death, Takoma


  • Pete Seeger, "Banks Of Marble", "Which Side Are You On", "Casey Jones (The Union Scab)", "Talking Union", "Joe Hill", "Union Maid", "Step By Step", "Solidarity Forever", If I Had A Hammer, Smithsonian/ Folkways


  • Bok-Muir-Trickett, "Great Valley's Harvest", Harbors Of Home, Timberhead

  • Steve Gillette, "Grapes On The Vine", The Ways Of The World, Compass Rose

  • Rosalie Sorrels, "De Colores", The Long Memory, Red House

  • Aileen Vance, "Tortillas And Red Beans", Sweet Life, Avenida Music

  • David Massengill, "My Name Joe", Coming Up For Air, Flying Fish


  • Scuttlebutt, "Shenandoah/Water Is Wide", Tall Ships, Soundside

  • George Ward, "Oh That Low Bridge", Oh That Low Bridge, Front Hall

  • Gallimaufry, "The Illinois And Michigan Canal", "State Of El-A-Noy", Dig Me A Ditch, independent

  • Andrew McKnight, "Bargeman", Where The River Runs, Falling Mountain

  • Sandy Paton, "Rowdy Soul", Live From The Dutch Barn, Old Songs Festival


  • Richard Shindell, "The Kenworth Of My Dreams", Sparrows Point, Shanachie

  • Richard Shindell, "The Next Best Western", Reunion Hill, Shanachie

  • Tom Rush, "Lost My Drivin' Wheel", No Regret, Columbia/Legacy

  • Dave Alvin, "Interstate City", Interstate City, Hightone

  • Johnny Staats, "Catch Me If You Can", Wires And Wood, Giant


    Gallimaufry can be reached at and

    Scuttlebutt (Bob Zentz, Rick Lee, and Rick Epping) can be contacted at