Country Train Tracks
by Jim Allen | July 7, 2014
Country music has a long-standing locomotive obsession. It probably goes back to the days when trains were the primary mode of automated travel for most Americans -- some of the earliest country artists sang train songs, like Roy Acuff and Jimmie Rodgers. But once an image makes its way into country iconography it tends to stick, especially if it's a resonant one. Through the years, one generation after another has romanticized the railroad in song, whether it was Johnny Cash's convict being tortured by the sound of a train in the classic "Folsom Prison Blues," Emmylou Harris singing about the "Smoke Along the Track," or even country rapper Cowboy Troy getting reckless on "I Play Chicken with the Train." From lonesome rides to bloody wrecks, just about everything that can happen on a train is headed your way on these tracks.