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Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip

  • 1. He'd Have to Get Under - Get Out and Get Under - Bobby Horton
    2. Horatio Nelson Jackson (Setting Out) - Tom Hanks
    3. Back 'N Forth in Pahrump, Nevada - John McEuen
    4. Train on the Island - Todd Phillips
    5. Kansas City Kitty - Fiddlin' Johnny
    6. Livery Stable Blues - Original Dixieland Jazz Band
    7. Lagrima - Bobby Horton
    8. Cripple Creek - Bobby Horton
    9. Mississippi Rag - Jacqueline Schwab
    10. Mountain Medley - Neal Hellman
    11. Horatio Nelson Jackson (Frightening Horses) - Tom Hanks
    12. Wade's Dixieliner Special Railroad Blues #9 - Tony Ellis
    13. Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie - Bobby Horton
    14. He'd Have to Get Under - Get Out and Get Under - Jacqueline Schwab
    15. Carolina Traveler - Earl Scruggs/John McEuen
    16. Gasoline Gus and His Jitney Bus - Bobby Horton
    17. Steppin' Out - Bobby Horton
    18. Storm Music - Jacqueline Schwab
    19. Blood-Stained Banders - Bobby Horton
    20. Rovin' Gambler - Bobby Horton
    21. Idanha Chieftain (First Car in Soda Springs) - Tom Bodett
    22. River of No Return - Fiddlin' Johnny
    23. Shenandoah - Bobby Horton
    24. Straw Dolls - Tony Ellis
    25. Horatio Nelson Jackson (Just Watch Me Now) - Tom Hanks
    26. Carousel - Bobby Horton
    27. Tiger Rag - Original Dixieland Jazz Band
    28. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home - Bobby Horton
    29. New York Herald (Arrival in NYC) - George Plimpton
    30. Yogi's Lament - John Colby
    31. Cecile - Jacqueline Schwab
    32. Newspaper (Fined for Speeding) - Murphy Guyer
    33. He'd Have to Get Under - Get Out and Get Under - Bobby Horton (vocal version)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 90659

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Swenson; Dayton Duncan; John Colby; John Lardinois; John McEuen; Ken Burns; Neal Hellman; Robert Horton; Stephen Wade; Barry Phillips; Todd Phillips

    Includes liner notes by Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns.
    Personnel: Robert Horton (whistling, guitar, classical guitar, dobro, banjo, bouzouki, mandolin, violin, fiddle, harmonica, concertina, trumpet, trombone, tuba, drums, bass drum, bodhran, cowbells, cymbals, wood block, percussion); John Lardinois (guitar, fiddle); Jonathan McEuen, Scott Nygaard, William Lee Ellis (guitar); John McEuen (acoustic guitar, slide guitar, banjo, mandolin); Earl Scruggs, Paul Hostetter , Tony Ellis , Tony Trischka (banjo); Robin Petrie (hammer dulcimer); John Reischman, Peter Ostroushko (mandolin); Joe Weed, Shira Kammen (violin); Phil Salazar (fiddle); Larry Shields (clarinet); Nick LaRocca, Peter Ecklund (cornet); Eddie Edwards (trombone); Henry W. Ragas, Jacqueline Schwab, John Colby (piano); David Swenson (drums, percussion); Tony Sbarbaro (drums).
    Liner Note Authors: Dayton Duncan; Ken Burns.
    Recording information: Birmingham, AL (02/26/1917-02/??/2002); Bismarck, ND (02/26/1917-02/??/2002); Bonny Doon, CA (02/26/1917-02/??/2002); Brattleboro, VT (02/26/1917-02/??/2002); Crown Point, IN (02/26/1917-02/??/2002); Nashville, TN (02/26/1917-02/??/2002); New York, NY (02/26/1917-02/??/2002); San Mateo, CA (02/26/1917-02/??/2002); Santa Barbara, CA (02/26/1917-02/??/2002).
    Photographers: Mary Louise Blanchard; Dayton Duncan.
    Arrangers: Neal Hellman; Todd Phillips.
    On May 19, 1903, Horatio Nelson Jackson, a 31-year-old doctor from Burlington, VT, made a 50-dollar bet that he could drive an automobile from San Francisco to New York City in less than three months. Four days later, he left California in a two-cylinder "horseless carriage" (with a top cruising speed of 30 miles per hour) and began America's first transcontinental road trip. Horatio's Drive is the soundtrack to a Ken Burns documentary on Jackson's historic cross-country jaunt and features reinterpretations of popular songs of the day ("Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home"), rags ("Mississippi Rag," "Tiger Rag"), traditional pieces ("Cripple Creek," "Rovin' Gambler") and contemporary songs that fit the motif ("Back 'N' Forth in Pahrump, Nevada"), recorded by the likes of Tony Ellis, John McKuen, and Bobby Horton, as well as brief talking interludes by Tom Hanks (as the voice of Horatio) and cameos by Tom Bodett and George Plimpton. Although much of the music here becomes incidental when divorced from the visual portion of the documentary, it is bright and pleasant on its own, and there are several highlights, including Ellis' pretty banjo piece, "Straw Dolls," Todd Phillips' slowed-down take on J.P. Nestor's fiddle romp, "Train on the Island," and Bobby Horton's guitar version of Jimmie Strothers' odd "Blood-Stained Banders." In all, Horatio's Drive feels like a facsimile of the music for America's first road trip and it works as such, but there is no dust, dirt, or grit here, and one kind of wishes Burns could have licensed the old 78s for some of these songs -- scratches and all. ~ Steve Leggett

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