Merle Haggard and The Strangers - The Roots of My Raising
The Roots of My Raising is the 24th studio album by American country singer Merle Haggard, released in 1976. It was his third release in 1976 and his last on the Capitol label until his return in 2004. It reached reached number 8 on the Billboard country albums chart.
AllMusic review by Peter Harris
Overall, the album is fairly mellow, perhaps reflecting Merle's acknowledgement that trains were rapidly being consigned to history as other, more modern, forms of transport take away the need for them. You can feel this just by looking at some of the song titles (So long train whistle, No more trains to ride, The coming and the going of the trains, Where have all the hobos gone?). It's all very different from the old songs of Jimmie Rodgers and Roy Acuff, when trains still provided the primary means of transport especially over long distances.