Ride This Train

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Ride This Train
Cash dressed as a cowboy, inserting a bullet into a gun
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1960 (1960-09)
RecordedDecember 14, 1959 – February 16, 1960
Johnny Cash chronology
Sings Hank Williams
Ride This Train
Now, There Was a Song!
Singles from Ride This Train
  1. "Going to Memphis"
    Released: September 19, 1960
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars

Ride This Train is the eighth album by country singer Johnny Cash. It was originally released in September 1960 (see 1960 in music) and re-issued on March 19, 2002, (see 2002 in music) with four bonus tracks.

It is considered to be Cash's first concept album. The album is billed as a "travelogue", with Cash providing spoken narration before each song to give context, in several cases playing historical characters, such as John Wesley Hardin, and describing different destinations around the United States visited by train. The songs themselves are not generally railroad-themed.

The original album was included on the Bear Family box set Come Along and Ride This Train. The success of this LP inspired his first label, Sun, to release the compilation LP, All Aboard the Blue Train which consisted of previously released "train" inspired songs, including his hit, "Folsom Prison Blues".

Track listing[edit]

1."Loading Coal"Merle Travis4:58
2."Slow Rider"Johnny Cash4:12
3."Lumberjack"Leon Payne3:02
4."Dorraine of Ponchartrain"Cash4:47
5."Going to Memphis"Hollie Dew, Alan Lomax; arranged (new words and music) by Johnny Cash4:26
6."When Papa Played the Dobro"Cash2:55
7."Boss Jack"Tex Ritter3:50
8."Old Doc Brown"Red Foley4:10
Total length:32:20
Bonus tracks
9."The Fable of Willie Brown"Cash1:57
10."Second Honeymoon"Autry Inman1:57
11."Ballad of the Harp Weaver"Thelma Moore, Edna Millay3:50
12."Smiling Bill McCall"Cash2:06
Total length:42:10





  • Don Law - Original Recording Producer
  • Al Quaglieri - Reissue Producer
  • Seth Foster - Mastering
  • Mark Wilder - Mastering, Mixing
  • Stacey Boyle - Tape Research
  • Matt Kelly - Tape Research
  • Kay Smith - Tape Research
  • Arthur Levy - Liner Notes
  • Darren Salmieri - A&R
  • Steven Berkowitz - A&R
  • Patti Matheny - A&R
  • Howard Fritzson - Art Direction
  • Alan Lomax - Adaptation, Arranger
  • Randall Martin - Design
  • Don Hunstein - Photography
  • Nick Shaffran - Series Consultant
  • Dick Miller - CD Art Adaptation