The title track was previously recorded as “The Railroad Boomer” by Bud Billings (aka Frank Luther) and Carson Robison in a performance recorded at the studio at Liederkranz Hall in New York on September 9, 1929 (Victor V-40139). Although it is credited on Cooder’s album as “traditional,” Robison was awarded a copyright and the song “can’t be shown to have circulated in oral tradition.” Gene Autry recorded it in December of the same year. In the 1930s the song was recorded for Decca Records by the Rice Brothers’ Gang, in 1939 by Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys, in 1941 by Riley Puckett for RCA, and in the 1950s by Cisco Houston (as “The Rambler”) and by The New Lost City Ramblers, who included Cooder’s guitar teacher, Tom Paley.
1 Boomer’s Story (Carson Robison) 4:15
2 Cherry Ball Blues (Skip James) 4:13
3 Crow Black Chicken (Lawrence Wilson) 2:20
4 Ax Sweet Mama (Sleepy John Estes) 4:27
5 Maria Elena (Bob Russell, Lorenzo Barcelata) 4:32
6 Dark End Of The Street (Dan Penn, Chips Moman) 3:27
7 Rally ‘Round The Flag (George F Root) 3:39
8 Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer (Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson) 3:03
9 President Kennedy (Sleepy John Estes) 4:38
10 Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man (Traditional) 4:31
|Background Vocals||Dan Penn|
|Background Vocals||Jim Dickinson|
7 Rally ‘Round The Flag
9 President Kennedy
Producer – Jim Dickinson, Lenny Waronker
Co-producer – Judy Maizel
Engineer – Jerry Masters, John Fry, Lee Herschberg, Richard Rosebrough
Photography By – Susan Titelman
Recorded At – Amigo Studios
Recorded At – Ardent Studios
Recorded At – Muscle Shoals Sound Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.