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Loafer's Glory

Music by
Utah Phillips and Mark Ross

Leslie Fiedler once said that the essence of the American Experience is "Running Away From Home."  I've run away from home enough times in my life to make up for any number of home-guards.

These songs and stories are about the travelling life, most of it on the western freight trains over a 30 year period.  The tales come live performances recorded during the past ten years or so and kindly forwarded to me by friends who thought they might be useful.  For this, I am deeply grateful.

Loafer's Glory is, by the way, the name of a hobo jungle under the old Western Pacific water tower by Keddie, California, at the top of the Feather River canyon.  For awhile it was almost like a second home to me.

The songs, for the most part never recorded before, have been with me since about 1960.  I think they're pretty much self-explanatory.   Two of them, Shadowmaker and Aces, Straights and Flushes languished in my notebooks until Kate Wolf found them and gave them tunes.  Another, Look For Me in Butte, was given its voice by my old friend and comrade, Mark Ross of Butte, Montana.  Mark plays all the music on this recording.  It is no exaggeration to say that Mark Ross is the best tramp I know, the only in my experience to survive a train wreck.

Mark is the official troubadour of the Hobo convention in Britt, Iowa where I'm a Grand Duke myself.  Now, you could county on the fingers of one hand those folk musicians making their living sharing the traditional repertoire.  Mark is, to my way of thinking, the best song, harmonica, guitar, banjo, mandolin, blues to bluegrass, Appalachia to the Labor Movement.  Mark has delved into and mastered an enormous amount of traditional American music which he performs with style, panache, and vast élan.  He's simply the best, so latch on to him now.   He ain't getting any younger.

Utah Phillips

Loafer's Glory

1. Loafer's Glory / Nothin'  To Do But Go
2. Amtrack
3. Bessie / Look For Me In Butte
4. Suspenders
5. Moffit Tunnel / Walking Through Your Town In The Snow
6. Story / All Used Up
7. Gaffing / The Last Ride
8. Heroes / Jessie James' Farewell Blues
9.  Budgie Lore
10. Syracuse
11. Gordon Vales / Shadowmaker
12. Country Music / Aces, Straights And Flushes
13. Blackie And The Duck
14. The Sheep And The Goats / He Comes Like Rain
15. Hood River Blackie / Hood River Roll On
16. The Whistle In The Night / Loafer's Glory / Disenchantment

Recorded by Red House Records, Inc.
P.O.  Box 4044
St. Paul, MN  55104
(612) 379-1089
(800) 695-4687

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Loafer's Glory instrumental theme music and train sound effects produced by Jimmy Borsdorf of Hawks & Eagles. Donated by Mathworld Records, Copyright © 1998. For more information contact Jimmy at Hawks & Eagles, PO Box 3536, Chico, CA 95927, Phone: (530) 343-7606 or email: folkfest@thegrid.net/.   Visit him at http://www.thegrid.net/folkfest.

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