Roger McGuinn began placing a new folk song on the internet for free download on November 1, 1995 at his Folkden site. That first song was a cowboy song, “Old Paint.” Now 18 years and over 200 songs later Roger shares his version of “Swannanoa Tunnel,” a song I first heard performed not far from Swannanoa by Lamar Bascom Lunsford in the 1960s.
Another ibiblio-hosted site, Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index cites 17 other versions of the song and some alternative tunes and lyrics and names.
You can enjoy this musical bit of North Carolina history as performed by Roger here:
Image source and more about the Tunnel at Black Mountain Heritage Mural Project