After mulling it over for a while, here are ten suggestions of train songs, trying to balance audience familiarity, appropriateness and songs I'd like to hear played.
Here Comes The Santa Fe by Rider In the Sky. A good, uptempo, country dance with yodeling.
Hobo Bill by Cisco Houston. An old song that deserves resurrection.
The Gambler by Kenny Rogers. The whole song takes place on a train, though it's not exactly a train song.
Last Train To Clarksville by the Monkees. One of my least favorite Monkees songs, it's also one of their biggest hits.
Big Ball's In Cowtown by Bob Wills. Bad YouTube of song. A spritely dance number, though only peripherally a train song.
Midnight Train To Georgia by Gladys Knight and the Pips. A dash of funk for the band.
Cannily Cannily by Steeleye Span. A great, haunting lullaby from my favorite group. Don't know if Nate's band can pull if off.
500 Miles trad. A sad train song that everyone knows.
Petticoat Junction tv theme. Oh, they'll be singing along with this...
Orange Blossom Special by Rouse and Wise. An instrumental, but one of the purist train songs around. Vassar Clemens and friends.
Bonus audio link: Wabash Cannonball as performed by The Chieftains w/Ricky Skaggs.
Any other good train songs out there? With the airline industry in turmoil and fuel costs soaring, trains may be making a comeback.