The legendary steel-driving man who was born, and died, with a hammer in his hand comes to life in this dramatic tale of heroism and destiny. Each page seems to radiate the vital force that led John Henry to challenge a steam drill to a rock-drilling contest—and win.
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Singing the Blues
The story of John Henry brings out the virtuosity in musicians, whichever one of the many versions and instruments they choose to play. Here are a sample of some of the best:
Classic country blues
The master of blues harmonica conjures up a moving train
A tall tale, arranged for orchestra