Covers: Railroad Bill

Railroad Bill was an African-American desperado in the late 1800s who is buried in Florida.

An African-American folk ballad about him has been recorded numerous times by both black and white artists and with different lyrics.  I don’t know the recording dates for many of the versions so I just estimated where they belonged chronologically.

Frank Hutchison (1920s)

Will Bennett (1929)

Walt Robertson (unknown)

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott with Woody Guthrie 1953?)

John Jackson (unknown)

Lonnie Donegan (1950s)

Hobart Smith (1959-1960?)

Etta Baker &Cora Phillips (unknown)

Taj Mahal (1973)

Etta Baker with Taj Mahal (2004)

Dave Alvin (2000)

Cephas and Wiggins (2002)

Blind Boy Paxton (2014)

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry (2016)

 

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