When you hear my pistol growlin’

This is our third post on “Swannanoa Tunnel.”  Read the first one here, and the second one here. “Ashville Junction” Today’s post will be longer on music and shorter on writing, covering a wider variety of approaches to “Swannanoa Tunnel.”  In the previous post, I suggested that the song was … → read more

This old hammer killed John Henry, won’t kill me

This is the second of three posts on “Swannanoa Tunnel.” You can read the first here and the third here. North Carolina-based musician and radio host Wayne Erbsen makes a curious claim in introducing his performance of “Swannanoa Tunnel” on the compilation album In the Land of the Sky:  Songs and Stories … → read more