Show #172 – Working Folks

Well in advance of the Labor Day holiday, we thought we’d do a show dedicated to the working folks.  This was inspired by the recent article in the LA Times about the recent struggle facing oil workers in Kern County.  Folks who work and who work in an industry that has its ups and downs very much decided in board rooms.  Without diving into that pool, I’ll just say that a lot of genres of music pay respect to workers.  And we covered them all.  Country to disco.  Rock to pop.  So, here’s a tip of the hat to working folks.


Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Elvis Costello Welcome to The Working Week My Aim Is True Columbia
Bill Kirchen Working Man Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods Proper American Recordings
Ike Reilly Good Work (if You Can Get It) Am I Still The One For You Rock Ridge Music
Lone Justice Working Late Lone Justice Geffen Records
Sam Cooke Chain Gang The Best of Sam Cooke RCA
Johnny Cash I’m Free Of The Chain Gang Now American V: A Hundred Highways American Recordings/Lost Highway
Johnny Paycheck Take This Job and Shove It Take This Job and Shove It Epic
Thompsonia Pain Reliever Thompsonia Thompson
Thompsonia Rose of My Heart Thompsonia Thompson
Merle Haggard Workin’ Man Blues The Complete ’60s Capitol Singles Omnivore
Justin Townes Earle Workin’ for the MTA Harlem River Blues Bloodshot Records
Johnny Cash Oney The Man In Black Sony Music
Devo Working in a Coal Mine Greatest Hits Warner Bros.
Donna Summer She Works Hard for The Money She Works Hard For The Money Mercury
R.E.M. Finest Worksong Document I.R.S./A&M
Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman Wichita Lineman Capitol Nashville
Peter Case A Working Man Can’t Get Nowhere Today Tulare Dust: A Songwriter’s Tribute to Merle Haggard Hightone Records
The Silhouettes Get a Job American Graffiti MCA
Red Simpson Truck Drivin’ Man Best of Truck Driving Favorites Omnivore
Tom Russell Tulare Dust/They’re Tearing The Labor Camps Down Tulare Dust, a songwriters tribute to merle haggard Hightone Records
Bachman-Turner Overdrive Takin’ Care of Business BTO’s Greatest Island Mercury
Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons Vintage Collections Capitol Nashville
77 El Deora Workin’ Sirens Western Independent Recordings
Randy Newman Mr. President (Have Pity On The Working Man) Forrest Gump Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Sony
Ian & Sylvia Taking Care of Business Country & West Coast The Birth of Country Rock Big Beat
Loverboy Working for the Weekend Get Lucky Columbia
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make it Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus

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