Billy Bragg and Joe Henry Announce New Album

The new album is due to be released on 23rd Sept ‘16 via Cooking Vinyl. British musician, Bragg with his friend and collaborator, US singer songwriter Joe Henry, has made an album that focuses on the transformative part the railroad played in disseminating the songs that gave birth to the rock’n’roll era.

Says Billy: “Railroad songs provided the bedrock of American popular music, from Jimmie Rodgers, the Singing Brakeman, to Lead Belly, whose repertoire provided several of the songs for this project. In this country, Lonnie Donegan’s 1956 hit ‘Rock Island Line’ sparked the skiffle craze, inspiring a generation of British teens to pick up guitars and form the groups that invaded American in the 60s, from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin

Says Joe: “The emergence of the railroad in America boasted of our might and sprawling enormity, yet signaled a deep desire for close community, connectivity. The songs that grew out of and alongside this innovation remain to tell this story of collective national character.”

Head over here to buy the album.

Track Listing for Shine A Light…

1. Rock Island Line – Traditional (Recorded by Lead Belly, Lonnie Donegan)

2. The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore – Jean Ritchie

3. The Midnight Special – Traditional (Lead Belly)

4. Railroad Bill – Traditional (Riley Puckett)

5. Lonesome Whistle – Hank Williams

6. KC Moan – Traditional (The Memphis Jug Band)

7. Waiting For A Train – Jimmie Rodgers

8. In The Pines – Traditional (Lead Belly, The Louvin Brothers)

9. Gentle On My Mind – John Hartford (Glenn Campbell, Aretha Franklin)

10. Hobo’s Lullaby – Goebel Reeves (Woody Guthrie)

11. Railroading On The Great Divide – Sara Carter (The Carter Family)

12. John Henry – Traditional (Doc Watson)

13. Early Morning Rain – Gordon Lightfoot

The duo will tour the UK as listed below:


7    LONDON Union Chapel

8    LONDON Union Chapel

9    CANTERBURY The Marlowe Theatre

10    BRIGHTON St.George’s Church

12    PORTSMOUTH New Theatre Royal

13    COVENTRY Warwick Arts Centre

14    GUILDFORD G Live

15    BURY ST EDMUNDS The Apex

17    NOTTINGHAM Playhouse

18    MANCHESTER The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

19    LINCOLN The Engine Shed

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