Boomer's Story

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Boomer's Story
Studio album by Ry Cooder
Released November 1972
Recorded Amigo Studios, Burbank
Genre Roots rock, blues, folk, Americana
Length 39:07
Label Reprise
Producer Jim Dickinson, Lenny Waronker
Ry Cooder chronology
Into the Purple Valley
Boomer's Story
Paradise and Lunch
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Boomer's Story is the third studio album by American roots rock musician Ry Cooder, released in 1972.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Boomer's Story" (listed as "Traditional," actually Carson Robison) – 4:13
  2. "Cherry Ball Blues" (Skip James) – 4:10
  3. "Crow Black Chicken" (Lawrence Wilson) – 2:14
  4. "Ax Sweet Mama" (Sleepy John Estes) – 4:23
  5. "Maria Elena" (Bob Russell, Lorenzo Barcelata) – 4:30

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Dark End of the Street" (Dan Penn, Chips Moman) – 3:25
  2. "Rally 'Round the Flag" (George F. Root) – 3:34
  3. "Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer" (Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson) – 3:00
  4. "President Kennedy" (Sleepy John Estes) – 4:39
  5. "Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man" (Traditional) – 4:30


The title track was previously recorded as "The Railroad Boomer"[1] by Bud Billings (aka Frank Luther) and Carson Robison in a performance recorded at the studio at Liederkranz Hall in New York on September 9, 1929 (Victor V-40139).[2][3] Although it is credited on Cooder's album as "traditional," Robison was awarded a copyright and the song "can't be shown to have circulated in oral tradition."[4] Gene Autry recorded it in December of the same year.[5] In the 1930s the song was recorded for Decca Records by the Rice Brothers' Gang,[6][7] in 1939 by Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys, in 1941 by Riley Puckett for RCA, and in the 1950s by Cisco Houston (as "The Rambler") and by The New Lost City Ramblers, who included Cooder's guitar teacher, Tom Paley.



  1. ^ Long Steel Rail: The Railroad in American Folksong (2d ed.) by Norm Cohen. University of Illinois Press; 2 Sub edition. 2000. ISBN 0252068815 pgs 290-291 [1]
  2. ^ Encyclopedic Discography of Victor Recordings [2][permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Audio for Bud Billings and Carson Robison[3]
  4. ^ [4]
  5. ^ Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry by Holly George-Warren. Oxford University Press: 2007. ISBN 0195177460[5]
  6. ^ [6]
  7. ^ [7]