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New River Train
Composer: Traditional

New River Train was performed by the Black Mountain Boys on the 7th March 1964. The Black Mountain Boys existed during parts of 1964. The group personnel was not consistent but at various times included Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter, Eric Thompson, Sandy Rothman and David Nelson.

New River Tarin sometimes occurs on recordings as Leaving On The New River Train, Riding On That New River Train, Darling You Can't Love One or similar.

Note that dates given for early singles are recording dates rather than release dates.



Recordings

no info Single (Stormy Wave Blues / New River Train), Henry Whitter, Feb 1924
no info Single (New River Train / Rovin' Gambler), Kelly Harrell, Jan 1925
no info Single (I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again / New River Train), Sid Hardreaker, April 1925
no info Single (The Sinking Of The Titanic / The New River Train), Vernon Dalhart, May 1925
no info Single (The New River Train / Little Rosewood Casket), Vernon Dalhart, June 1925
no info Single (The New River Train / The Roving Gambler), Guy Massey, July 1925
no info Single (New River Train / Rovin' Gambler), Kelly Harrell, June 1926
no info Single, Al Bernard, Feb 1928
no info Single (New River Train / John Hardy), Ernest Stoneman, July 1928
no info Single (New River Train / Say, Darling, Say), Uncle Ben Hawkins (aka Ernest Stoneman), July 1928
no info Single (Ninety Nine Years / New River Train), Burt Shaw (aka Jess Hillard), 1931
no info Single (New River Train / The Cowboy's Dream), Massey Family, 1933
no info Single (Leaving On The New River Train / Going Down The Road Feeling Bad), Crazy Hillbillies Band, 1934
no info Single (New River Train / Lumberton Wreck), Cauley Family, 1934
no info Single (New Red River Valley / New River Train), Dick Hartman's Tennessee Ramblers, 1935
no info Single (Careless Love / New River Train), The Texas Rangers, 1935
no info Single (Little Red Shoes / New River Train), Monroe Brothers, Feb 1936
no info American Folk Songs, Frank Luther, Zora Layman and Leonard Stokes, 1938
no info Old Time Songs Medley, No. 5, Frank Luther, Zora Layman and Leonard Stokes, 193?
no info Single (Two Old Pals / New River Train), Daisy Mae / Old Brother Charlie w/ Corn Crib Trio, 1949
info More Songs to Grow On, Alan Mills, 1954
info Old-Time Tunes of the South (Sutphin, Foreacre, and Dickens), The Stoneman Family, 1957
info Music For Moonshiners, Laurel River Valley Boys, 1958
info Mountain Music Bluegrass Style, Various Artists (Mike Seeger, Chubby Anthony, Bob Yellin), 1959
info American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 3, Pete Seeger, 1959
no info Single (New River Train / The Lightning Express), Vernon Dalhart, 195?
no info Single, Andy Griffith, 1961
no info American Game and Activity Songs For Children, Pete Seeger, 1962
info The Music of Roscoe Holcomb and Wade Ward, Roscoe Holcomb and Wade Ward , 1962
no info EP, The Vandergrift Brothers, 1962
info Early Bluegrass Music, The Monroe Brothers, 1963
no info Single, Benny and Vallie Cain and the Country Clan, 1963
no info Billy Grammer Sings Gotta Travel On, Billy Grammer, 1964
no info Something Old, Something New, Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, 1966
no info Single (Jet Set / New River Train), Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, 1966
info Old Timey Concert, Doc Watson, Clint Howard and Fred Price, 1967
info Raymond Fairchild & the Maggie Valley Boys, Raymond Fairchild & the Maggie Valley Boys, 1967
no info Bill Haney and the Dixie Buddies, Bill Haney and the Dixie Buddies, 1967
no info Pickin', Grinnin' and Singin', Bob Ensign & the Stump Jumpers, 1967
no info Mountain Dew, Lonzo & Oscar, 1969
no info More Goodies From The Hills, Various Artists (Glen Smith), 1969
no info Visits Puget Sound, The Group, 196?
no info Early Country Music: Vol. 1, Various Artists (Ernest Stoneman And The Sweet Brothers), 196?
no info Hoe Down! Vol. 6: Country Blues Instrumentals, Various Artists (Mutt Poston and the Farm Hands), 196?
info Strange Creek Singers, Strange Creek Singers, 1972
no info Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?, Lulu Belle & Scotty, 1974
no info Tenino Old Time Music Festival 1973-74, Various Artists (Ed Stoker), 1974
info Feast Here Tonight, Monroe Brothers, 1975
info Walkin' in the Parlor: Old Time Music of the Southern Mountains, Iron Mountain String Band, 1975
info Kentucky Colonels 1965-1967, Kentucky Colonels, 1976
no info King Of The 5-String Banjo, Raymond Fairchild, 1976
no info A Tribute To Charlie Monroe, Bobby Atkins & the Countrymen, 1977
no info More Singable Songs, Raffi, 1977
no info Country Bluegrass Jamboree, Various Artists (New River Boys), 1977
no info The First Recorded Railway Songs, Vernon Dalhart, 1978
no info All The Good Times, Bittercreek, 1979
no info The White Brothers / The New Kentucky Colonels: Live In Sweden 1973, The White Brothers, 1979
no info Smoky Mountain Melodies, Bill Davis, 197?
no info Round The Heart Of Old Galax, Vol. 1 Featuring Ernest Stoneman, Ernest Stoneman, 1980
no info Ballads And Railroad Songs, Vernon Dalhart, 1980
info Virginia Mountain Boys, Vol. 4, Cullen Galyean, Bobby Harrison and the Virginia Mountain Boys, 1983
no info America's Bluegrass Band, Country Gazette, 1983
no info In The Beginning, Vol 2, Sons Of The Pioneers, 1984
no info Blue Grass Classics, Harold Morrison & the Maple Hill Boys, 1984
no info Grandma Slid Down The Mountain, Cathy Fink, 1984
info Blake and Rice, Norman Blake and Tony Rice, 1987
no info 52nd Annual Old Fiddlers Convention Galax VA 1987, Various Artists (Rosa Cox), 1988
no info Remembering Merle, Doc Watson, 1992
no info Banjo Haiku, Cathy Fink, 1992
no info New River Train, Allan McHale "Mac" & The Old Time Radio Gang, 1992
no info Kimble Family, Vol 2: Pine Knots School Rowdies, Kimble Family, 1992
no info Mountain Music: Bluegrass Style, Various Artists (Anthony, Seeger & Yellin), 1992
no info On Border Radio, Vol. 1, The Carter Family, 1995
info The Vanguard Years, Doc Watson, 1995
info The Vanguard Years Sampler, Doc Watson, 1995
no info On Border Radio, Vol. 1, The Carter Family, 1995
info Way Down in North Carolina, Mike Seeger and Paul Brown, 1996
info Sing It Yourself!, Laura Boosinger, 1996
no info Essential, Bill Monroe / Monroe Brothers, 1997
no info Get Acquainted Waltz, The Strange Creek Singers, 1997
no info Railroad Songs & Ballads, Various Artists (The Ridge Rangers), 1997
info Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1: 1925-1926, Kelly Harrell, 1998
no info The Dickel Brothers, Vol. 1, The Dickel Brothers, 1999
no info The Legacy of Tommy Jarrell, Vol 4: Pickin' on Tommy's Porch, Tommy Jarrell, 1999
info Monroe Brothers, Vol. 1: What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul, The Monroe Brothers, 2000
no info R.C. Cola Radio Shows, Vol. 3, Roy Acuff, 2000
no info Banjo Breakdown, Raymond Fairchild, 2000
no info Stay a Little Longer, Red Foley & His Crossroad Boys, 2000
no info American Folk, Game and Activity Songs for Children, Pete Seeger, 2000
no info Southern Old-Time Harmonica, Mark Graham, 2000
no info New River Train, Falling Run Bluegrass Band, 2000
no info 31 Banjo Favorites, Vol. 2, Raymond Fairchild, 2001
no info Memories of the Range: Standard Radio, The Sons of the Pioneers, 2001
no info Citigrass, Citigrass, 2001
info Bluegrass Bonanza, Various Artists (Monroe Brothers), 2001
info Bluegrass Bonanza: The Monroe Legacy 1936-45, Various Artists (Monroe Brothers), 2001
no info Deep River Of Song: Alabama: From Lullabies to the Blues, Various Artists (Richard Amerson), 2001
info Blue Moon of Kentucky 1936-1949, Bill Monroe, 2002
no info Full Skiffle and Steamy Hillbilly, Ivor & The Engines, 2002
no info The Pure Hillbilly Sound Of, Daisy Mae & Old Brother Charlie, 2002
no info Mountain Guitar Pickin': 24 Bluegrass Instrumental, Various Artists (Clarence Jackson), 2002
no info Bluegrass Legends, Various Artists (Monroe Brothers), 2002
no info Roots of Bluegrass, Various Artists (Monroe Brothers), 2002
info Freedom: Songs From The Heart Of America, Various Artists (Louise Massey & The Westerners), 2002
info Lee Hammons: Complete Banjo Recordings, Lee Hammons, 200?
info All the Classic Releases 1937-1949, Bill Monroe, 2003
info Smokey Mountain Bluegrass: 24 Traditional Favorites, Various Artists (Jack Casey), 2003
no info Bluegrass Roots, Various Artists (Monroe Brothers), 2003
no info 25 Classic Train Songs: Songs of Rural America, Various Artists (Jack Casey), 2003
info American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 3 (exp CD), Pete Seeger, 2004
no info Rosewood, Spruce & Ebony, Bull Harman & Bull's Eye, 2004
info Worried Blues, Frank Hutchison and Kelly Harrell, 2005
no info The Collection, Andy Griffith, 2005
no info Ghosts Along the Linem Backroom Bluegrass Band, 2005
no info Now and Then: 3 Decades of Old-Time Music, Clint Howard, 2006
no info Ridin' High: 1933-1941, Louise Massey, 2006
no info Sweet American Picks, The Grey Sky Boys, 2006
no info Country Hit Parade: Bluegrass Greatest Hits, Various Artists (Monroe Brothers), 2006
no info Greatest Bluegrass Hits, Various Artists (Monroe Brothers), 2006
info Classic Railroad Songs from Smithsonian Folkways, Various Artists (Iron Mountain String Band), 2006
no info Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother, Everett Lilly, 2007
info Banjo Gathering, Various Artists (Cathy Fink), 2007
no info Old Town School of Folk Music Song Book, Vols. 2 & 3, Various Artists (Clark Mountain String Band), 2007
info Kreutzmann, Burbridge, Murawski Trio: April 20, 2008, Chicago, 2008
no info 31 Banjo Favorites: The New Collection, Raymond Fairchild & The Maggie Valley Band, 2008
info The Unsung Father of Country Music 1925-1934, Ernest V. Stoneman, 2008
info In the Pines: Tar Heel Folks Songs & Fiddle Tunes 1926-1936, Various Artists (Cauley Family), 2008
no info American Favorite Ballads, Vols. 1-5, Pete Seeger, 2009
no info Banjo to Beatbox, Cathy & Marcy with Guest Christylez Bacon, 2009
info Gennett Old Time Music: Classic Country Recordings 1927-1934, Various Artists (Ernest Stoneman), 2010

Lyrics

The lyrics used by the Black Mountains Boys are as follows;

Now darling you can't love one
Darling you can't love one
You can't love one and have any fun
Darling you can't love one

Riding on that New River train
Riding on that New River train
Same old train that brought me here
Is going to carry me away

Darling you can't love two
Darling you can't love two
You can't love two and still be true
Darling you can't love two

Riding on that New River train
Riding on that New River train
Same old train that brought me here
Is going to carry me away

Darling you can't love three
Darling you can't love four
You can't love seven and still go to heaven
Darling you can't love nine

Riding on that New River train
Riding on that New River train
Same old train that brought me here
Is going to carry me away

 
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