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Rain Follows the Plow

by Various Artists

The true story of the U.S. Dust Bowl of the 1930s from the perspective of those who lived through it--historical, ecological, and surprisingly entertaining.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Gone Went and Done It, Pt. 1
Timothy White
1:28 $0.99
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2. Beer Town / Come to Mama's
Original Cast of Rain Follows the Plow, Steve Coffee & Elizabeth Stone
3:57 $0.99
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3. The Impossible Sky
The Glimpses
4:18 $0.99
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4. Rain Follows the Plow
Harley String Band
2:59 $0.99
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5. Indian Joe
Kevin Dudley
3:38 $0.99
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6. Six Inches to Hell
Original Cast of Rain Follows the Plow & Tom Bodine
3:10 $0.99
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7. One Way Plow
Original Cast of Rain Follows the Plow & Steve Coffee
2:28 $0.99
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8. If It Rains
The Glimpses
2:16 $0.99
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9. Squall Line
Vic Cook
4:50 $0.99
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10. Black Sunday
Original Cast of Rain Follows the Plow & Steve Coffee
4:00 $0.99
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11. Gone Went and Done It, Pt. 2
Timothy White
1:40 $0.99
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12. Show You the Rain
Jeffrey T. Smith
4:21 $0.99
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13. Duster No 99
Original Cast of Rain Follows the Plow & Steve Coffee
2:27 $0.99
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14. Walking to California
Kevin Dudley
3:20 $0.99
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15. Mary Cant Come out to Play
Jim Johnson
1:54 $0.99
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16. Can It Be
The Glimpses
5:28 $0.99
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17. Sunny Side of the Ground
Timothy White
3:56 $0.99
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18. Blessed Are the Dead That the Rain Falls On
Original Cast of Rain Follows the Plow & Caroline Ferrante
3:46 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Rain Follows the Plow is a song cycle that captures the worldviews and first-hand experiences of those who lived through the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. It gains significance from reanimating an important and underappreciated chapter in our history. The listener will find no preaching or moralizing here, but if the stories resonate in the present age—if they cast into sharper relief our own folly as we rush headlong into climate change, that is a good thing.

The expression “rain follows the plow” was a popular aphorism of the time, embodying the widely held belief that simply by plowing and planting, and secondarily by burning fuel, settlers would impact the local climate and produce more frequent rainfall. It expresses the hubris and eternal optimism that is the special province of farmers—and their enterprising enablers and exploiters.

Musically, Rain Follows the Plow showcases the Americana movement at its best, celebrating authentic folk traditions with freshness and creativity. While there are strong references to early white-folks folk in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, there are many contemporary twists and turns.

The songs of Rain Follows the Plow comprise an anthology or series of vignettes following a narrative arc from the end of the “good years” through the relentless drought and soul-crushing dust storms of the 1930s, from hope and hucksterism to remorse and calls for redemption. The songs honor the tenacity and dignity of the people who suffered through those years, while also serving as cautionary tales about what can happen when we bend nature too far.


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