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greybeard
Posted: Wednesday, November 09, 2016 8:22:08 PM

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Published on Oct 24, 2016

Earlier this year, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry set off on a journey. They boarded a train in Chicago, bound for Los Angeles. Each time the train stopped for more than 20 minutes in cities like St. Louis and San Antonio, they'd grab their guitars, hop off, find the waiting room and record an old railroad song. The result of this journey is an album called Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad.

Bragg has been weaving folk and punk with protest music since the late '70s, when he first started busking around London. You can hear his passion for American songwriters such as Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly on this record. Henry is an American singer and songwriter with 13 albums of his own. He's also produced so many great records for others, including Rodney Crowell, Lisa Hannigan, Bonnie Raitt — and Bragg himself.

This concept record could be seen as a nostalgia trip, but both Bragg and Henry will emphatically say that it's not. These songs and this journey celebrate the modern railroad as a major economic engine and a still-vital form of transportation. The songs are filled with mythic poetry and the metaphoric romance inherent in train songs, but the vitality in the performances keeps the songs current. You can hear that behind my desk as well as you might in a rail station.



Billy Bragg & Joe Henry: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert




Heading out for the East Coast / Lord knows I've paid some dues gettin' through, / Tangled up in blues.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 09, 2016 10:09:50 PM
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Very happy Joe's joining Billy for a set. Would also vote for a Joe solo set if possible. Please. Saw him at The Basement last tour, was awesome.
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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 7:59:06 AM

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In possession of tickets for the 19 April
Inexplicably my first Opera House concert !


Heading out for the East Coast / Lord knows I've paid some dues gettin' through, / Tangled up in blues.
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Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 1:07:18 AM

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Very good show tonight , impressive superstructure for two blokes, a couple guitars and pianoforte
A number of Labor people scattered in the audience but saw no Liberals
Sadly, that wraps up Bluesfest for another year
Poor Billy has to go home and vote, not happy Joe.




Heading out for the East Coast / Lord knows I've paid some dues gettin' through, / Tangled up in blues.
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Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:39:15 PM
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Billy was brilliant . Hope this is the first of many bluesfests for him.
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