Show #204 – International Worker’s Day

May 1 is International Workers Day and a theme for the show emerged. It was an opportunity to mix some classic Bakersfield Sound tunes in with some “beyond” songs for a fun mix of music celebrating work, the worker, not working or evoking some task. There are a lot of tunes about working, this is merely the tippy top of the iceberg. Of course Merle Haggard’s “Working Man’s Blues,” is one of the classics and likely the genesis for this theme. You can listen to the archive here for the next 14 days.

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
Isley Brohers Work to Do Work To Do Motown
Randy Newman Mr. President, Have Pity On the Working Man Forrest Gump Soundtrack Sony
Johnny Cash Oney The Man In Black Sony Music
Tom Russell Tulare Dust/They’re Tearing The Labor Camps Down Tulare Dust, A Songwriter’s Tribute To Merle Haggard Hightone Records
Justin Townes Earle Workin’ for the MTA Harlem River Blues Bloodshot Records
Devo Working in a Coal Mine Greatest Hits Warner Bros.
Glenn Campbell Witchita Lineman Golden Age of Country Music – “The Wild Side of Life”, Disc 1 StarVista
Bill Kirchen Working Man Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods Proper American Recordings
The Clash Julie’s Been Working for the Drug Squad The Essential Clash Epic Records
Tennesee Ernie Ford sixteen tons Pure Country Classics Universal Music Enterprises/UTV Records
Peter Case A Working Man Can’t Get Nowhere Today Tulare Dust: A Songwriter’s Tribute to Merle Haggard Hightone Records
77 El Deora workin’ Sirens Western Independent Recordings
Bachman-Turner Overdrive Takin’ Care of Business BTO’s Greatest Island Def Jam
Gilbeau & Parsons Workin’ on a Tugboat Louisiana Rain Big Beat
Loverboy Working for the Weekend Get Lucky Columbia
Merle Haggard Working Man’s Blues Working In Tennessee Vanguard
Buck Owens Who’s Gonna Mow Your Grass? 40 Greatest Hits Double Platinum
Donna Summer She Works Hard for the Money 80’s Forever Helicon Music
Ike Reilly Good Work (if You Can Get It) Am I Still The One For You Rock Ridge Music
Red Simpson Truck Drivin’ Man Best of Truck Driving Favorites Omnivore
Ian & Sylvia Taking Care of Business Country & West Coast The Birth of Country Rock Big Beat
Johnny Paycheck Take This Job and Shove It Take This Job and Shove It Epic
Dave Alvin Gary, Indiana 1959 Eleven Eleven Yep Roc
Tom Russell Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall? The Wounded Heart Of America Shout! Factory
R.E.M. Finest Work Song Document I.R.S./A&M
Lone Justice Working Late Lone Justice Geffen Records
Cowboy Junkies Working on a Building The Trinity Session RCA Records Label
Tom Waits What’s He Building In There Mule Variations Anti/Epitaph
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make it Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus

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