Rock Island Line by Eddie Hastings & His Rhythm Boys – Country Folk 45
Posted by Robert Rodriguez on: April 27 2012
Rock Island Line by Eddie Hastings & His Rhythm Boys b/w The Man With The Golden Arm by Herbie Layne - Early Country Rocker 45 on Gateway Records #1165 Most people will not listen to this whole song. I'll be the first to admit it starts pretty slow. When I heard this tune I was not sure if it was a chain gang song, so I did some research. It was first recorded by John Lomax and was sung in the mid 1930's by Arkansas State Prison inmates. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NTa7ps6sNU Folk / Blues legend Leadbelly also had a version of Rock Island Line. If you end up listening to the whole thing let me know what you think...I dig it!