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  • Dan + Claudia Zanes: “Rock Island Line”

    Camera: Charlie Weber, Pruitt Allen, David Barnes, Jackson Harvey, Abbi Hendrix
    Editing: Ashley Avila
    Photo: Sonya Pencheva

    Dan and Claudia Zanes have a thing with trains. Dan won his first GRAMMY for the album Catch That Train!in 2006, and together they created Night Train 57: A Sensory Friendly Comic Folk Opera, which premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2017.

    So, it makes sense that at a Smithsonian Folkways concert honoring the legacy of Pete Seeger, the duo would decide to cover a classic American folk song, “Rock Island Line.” Their rendition at the 2019 Folklife Festival had visitors young and old dancing along on a mighty good road.

    Hear a studio recording and other classics on the Dan Zanes and Friends album Lead Belly, Baby!(Smithsonian Folkways 2017).

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