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The Singing Brakeman (1929)

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Country singing star Jimmie Rodgers sings three songs in this short: "Waiting for a Train", "Daddy and Home", and "T for Texas", all his own compositions.

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Country singing star Jimmie Rodgers sings three songs in this short: "Waiting for a Train", "Daddy and Home", and "T for Texas", all his own compositions.

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31 December 1929 (USA)  »

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This short is included in its entirety on the DVD "Times Ain't Like They Used to Be: Early Rural & Popular American Music", by Yazoo Records. The copy was made from the from the only original 35-mm film print. See more »

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Jimmie Rogers is supposed to be a railroad brakeman, wearing his work shirt, overalls, a bandanna, and a railroad hat. But when he crosses his leg, he is clearly wearing dress shoes and silk socks. See more »

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Edited into The Beatles Anthology: July '40 to March '63 (1995) See more »

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Poorly staged but very good music
25 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was in Tennessee recently and took the time to visit Nashville for a few days. It is a very cool city for eating, drinking, watching sports and listening to music but to be honest there are not a huge amount of great things to do outside of these and so it was I decided to go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, despite not really being a great fan of the genre. What that visit taught me was that actually I do like country in a historical sense but that the modern country-pop rubbish and the excessive bad-taste of other recent eras all put me off and made me lump all of that in together. Part of realizing how much I enjoy really old, scratchy country is seeing this film at the Museum.

It is poorly staged as a short film and even as a performance really, since it is stiff and basic in terms of direction, but it is Rodgers music that makes it worth the watch. Others more knowledge than me told me this guy died very shortly after this period and that this film is the only film of him performing. The importance of this is more relevant when you think about where his music fits in – his blues style seems fresher than the 1920's, OK not modern but still he sounded a little ahead of his time perhaps. Not a great short film by any means but worth seeing if you are a fan of country music – or even if you think you are not based on modern pop acts.


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