We all know what a hero is but you may ask,
What is a hobo? Well that is not an easy question to answer. For some the name means a Home- less bum, tramp or transient worker. To others it means a free spirit, who lives the gypsy life, eating over a roaring campfire and sleeping under the stars at night Historically the word meant a wandering worker, who traveled by rail riding in an open box car. While the days of true hobo have vanished with the steam train, today there is a new breed of travelers who like the hobos of the past are searching for the freedom of the open road. On this recording I pay tribute to many of the Hobos & Heroes I have traveled the roads of life with.
This album is a celebration to the wandering spirit in all of us.
Thanks to Wilfred Mangs and family for helping this creation comes to life. May thanks to Bernd Ha ber, and Tony Nightingale for putting together such wonderful International tours,
. Also thanks to my mentors Pete Seeger, Utah Phillips and Jimmy Driftwood for showing me the way. Thanks to Michael Kleff and Nora Guthrie for your
Friendship and guidance. Thanks to Jeff Miller the world’s greatest folk coach, Thanks to Martin Guitars, Running Dog Guitars, and Bruce Taylor 12 strings, for building my great guitars.
And to my wife Marianna who with out her my life would not be possible, for she is the
True light in my life.
Also A very special thank you to
My hobo family: Fran The Hobo Minstrel, King; Frog, Road Hog, Liberty Justice,
Steam Train Murry, Frisco Jack, the Grand Duke of Hobos, Banjo Fred, Buzz Potter,
Texas Mad Man, , Redbird, Luther the Jet, Ad Man, Captain Dingo, Danville Dan,, New York Grizzly, Hobo Queens Blue moon, Connecticut
Shorty and New York Maggie
This CD is dedicated to My Grandmother “Veronica Wojdyla” who taught me to never let anyone go hungry. And my dear pal Al Griersion who is now somewhere up in Folksingers Heaven. We miss you Al!
Totem Pole" Rik Palieri makes his home in Vermont''s mountains. He has recorded six CD''s, hosts "The Song Writer''s Notebook" on TV, and has just published his first book "The Road Is My Mistress, Tales Of A Roustabout Songster". On the road Rik has played 1000 schools and at some of the largest Folk Festivals in the world. He plays a wide array of instruments - banjo and guitar, Native American Love flute and Ozark Mouth bow . Rik delights in sharing his love for songs and stories, old and new, traditional and contemporary. He has worked with legendary American folkies such as Pete Seeger, Ramblin'' Jack Elliott, Jimmie Driftwood, Utah Phillips, Ralph Stanley, and with rocker Bruce Springsteen. (https://www.tradebit.com) listen and watch videos at https://www.tradebit.comrikpalieri
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