The Texas Troubadors “Buddy's Boogie (intro)” from Almost To Tulsa (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2008)Buy it!
Rusty and Doug Kershaw “Louisiana Man” from Louisiana Men, Volume 2 (Ace 2004) —Recorded 50 years ago in 1961 on the Hickory label.Buy it!
Levon Helm “Poor Old Dirt Farmer” from Dirt Farmer (Vanguard vanguardrecords.com 2007)Buy it!
Guy Clark “South Coast Of Texas (Live)” from Keepers (SUGAR HILL www.sugarhillrecords.com 1997)Buy it!
Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton “Daddy was an Old Time Preacher Man” from The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (RCA 1996) —From the RCA label in 1970.Buy it!
John Prine “Grandpa Was a Carpenter” from Souvenirs (Oh Boy Records 2000) —"Voted for Eisenhower 'cause Lincoln won the war."Buy it!
Cliff Bruner and His Boys “Truck Driver's Blues” from Truck Driver's Boogie: Big Rig Hits, Vol. 1, 1939-1969 (Audium 2001) —Ted Daffan's composition, recorded in 1939 for Decca.Buy it!
George Jones “Bartender's Blues” from My Very Special Guests (Sony Legacy 2005) —Featuring co-writer James Taylor on the harmony vocal. From the Columbia label in 1977.Buy it!
Bill Kirchen “Looking At the World Through a Windshield (Live)” from Hot Rod Lincoln (Live) (Hightone 2008) R Buy it!
Merle Haggard & The Strangers “Working Man Blues” from Down Every Road (CAPITOL 1996) —Recorded in 1969 for Capitol.Buy it!
Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard “Working Girl Blues” from Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerard (Rounder 1998) —Originally recorded in 1974 on Rounder.Buy it!
Marie Muldaur “The Work Song” from Maria Muldaur (Reprise 1973) —Her debut album featured lots of great players like David Grisman, Richard Green, Ry Cooder and Ray Brown.Buy it!
Nina Simone “Work Song” from Forbidden Fruit/At Newport (Collectables www.oldies.com 1998) —I love Nina Simone. This is a fine cover of the Nat Adderly tune.Buy it!
The Carter Family “Engine 143 (Remastered)” from My Clinch Mountain Home: Their Complete Victor Recordings, 1928-1929 (Rounder 1993) —From the Victor label in 1928.Buy it!
The Maddox Brothers and Rose “Philadelphia Lawyer” from Maddox Brothers and Rose (Columbia) —A classic written by Woody Guthrie and recorded ca. 1949 on the King label.Buy it!
Emmylou Harris “The Boxer” from Emmylou Harris Anthology: The Warner / Reprise Years (Rhino/Warner Bros. 2005) R Buy it!
The Tom Russell Band “U.S. Steel” from Road to Bayamon (Philo 1989) —Tom Russell returns to St. Louis on October 7th at Off Broadway and at the Turner Hall in Mt. Olive on the 8th, firstname.lastname@example.org.Buy it!
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings “In Tall Buildings” from A Tribute to John Hartford: Live from Mountain Stage (Blue Plate 2001) —Gillian and Dave are at The Pageant tonight for an 8 o'clock show.Buy it!
John Hartford “Let Him Go On Mama” from Mark Twang (Flying Fish 1976)Buy it!
Tom Breiding “The Longest Darkest Day” from The Unbroken Circle: Songs of the West Virginia Coalfields (AmeriSon Records 2008)Buy it!
Woody Guthrie “John Henry” from My Dusty Road (Rounder 2009) —Recorded for Folkways in 1944.Buy it!
The Highwaymen “Deportee (Plane Crash at Los Gatos Canyon)” from Highwayman (CBS 1985) —Johnny Rodriguez joins Johnny Cash, Kris, Waylon and Willie on this Woody Guthrie song.Buy it!
The Dillards “Dooley” from There Is a Time (Vanguard vanguardrecords.com 1991) —It's making a living, if not quite legal. From their debut album on the Elektra label in 1963.Buy it!
Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys “New Mule Skinner Blues” from The Very Best of Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys (MCA NASHVILLE 2002) —They don't use mules anymore but section gangs are still rebuilding rails and moving ties.Buy it!
Skip Gorman “Cattle Call” from Greener Prairie (Rounder 1994) —A fine version of the Tex Owens classic.Buy it!
Joni Harms “Long Hard Ride” from Cowgirl Dreams (Warner Nashville 1998)Buy it!
Jerry Jeff Walker “Night Rider's Lament” from Ridin' High (Geffen 1990) —Written by Michael Burton and originally released on MCA in 1975.Buy it!
Merle Haggard & The Strangers “Harold's Super Service” from The Hit Albums (CAPITOL 1995) —Recorded in 1970 for Capitol.Buy it!
Junior Brown “Highway Patrol” from Guit With It (Curb 1993)Buy it!
Hank Thompson And His Brazos Valley Boys “The Night Miss Nancy Ann's Hotel for Single Girls Burned Down” from Seven Decades (Hightone 2003) —More a profession than an occupation, I suppose.Buy it!
Peter Cooper and Lloyd Green “Here Comes That Rainbow Again” from The Lloyd Green Album (Red Beet www.redbeetrecords.com 2010) —Nice version of the Kristofferson song. Peter will be at The Focal Point later this fall along with Eric Brace.Buy it!
Dick Curless “Chick Inspector (That's Where My Money Goes)” from The Drag 'Em Off The Interstate, Sock It To 'Em Hits of Dick Curless (Razor and Tie 1998) —OK, you're probably not going to find this one in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. From the Capitol label in 1973.Buy it!
Jimmy Bryant “Georgia Boogie (outro)” from Frettin' Fingers: The Lightning Guitar of Jimmy Bryant (Sundazed 1995)Buy it!
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