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Tamp ‘Em Up Solid
Also known as the Tie-Tamping Song, this railroad building chant was recorded by the Lomaxes in Louisiana in 1934. My recipe blends Ry Cooder’s sublime rendition with some older lyrics, spiced up with tuba & tabla. James McMurtry says the railroads are coming back - I hope he’s right.

Ben - vocal, mandola
Mollie O’Brien - harmony
Forrest Gibson - guitar
Matt Perrine - tuba
Ty Burhoe - tabla