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Modern Times

Modern Times

As Southern mountaineers and farmers moved into an industrialized era of coal mines and weaving mills their rural songs evolved to express the confrontation with new modes of life and the ensuing conflicts. This album chronicles just that through songs originating in the 1920s and 1930s demonstrating a mix of styles and influences brought to older folk modes with modern subject matters (machines, cars etc.). Producer John Cohen says in the liner notes: "The study of folklore is not simply to preserve the past, but to make the present more comprehensible."

Track Listing

101
Shut Up in the Mines of Coal Creek The New Lost City Ramblers 2:54
102
31' Depression Blues The New Lost City Ramblers 3:17
103
That Little Lump of Coal The New Lost City Ramblers 3:19
104
Union Man The New Lost City Ramblers 2:42
105
Got the Farm Land Blues The New Lost City Ramblers 3:10
106
We Are Up Against It Now The New Lost City Ramblers 2:44
107
From Earth to Heaven The New Lost City Ramblers 2:46
108
Henry Ford's Model A The New Lost City Ramblers 2:05
109
Truck Driving Man The New Lost City Ramblers 2:47
201
Dollar Down and a Dollar a Week The New Lost City Ramblers 1:58
202
Dear Okie The New Lost City Ramblers 2:18
203
From 40 to 65 The New Lost City Ramblers 2:54
204
Private John Q. The New Lost City Ramblers 2:05
205
Weaver's Life The New Lost City Ramblers 3:07
206
The Death of Ellenton The New Lost City Ramblers 2:14
207
Take Them For a Ride The New Lost City Ramblers 2:53
208
Timetable Blues The New Lost City Ramblers 2:46
209
Bye, Bye Black Smoke Choo Choo The New Lost City Ramblers 2:56

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