"When Jean Ritchie was a young girl, the Louisville & Nashville Railroad had a little passenger train that ran by the mouth of the Slabtown Holler in Viper, Kentucky, where the Ritchie Family lived. When the coal mines shut down, the passenger service along with the coal trains was discontinued. It was one of the first signs of hard times. 'The L And N Don’t Stop Here Anymore' is a reflection of the period."
— Ritchie's son, Jonathan Pickow
The L&N tells the story of declining employment for the coal and railroading industries. The dissolving of these industries proved to be economically destructive and to this day remains a hot topic issue in our region. Ritchie originally credited the song to her grandfather, Than Hall, because like many young women in years past she used a pseudonym to protect her ideology from the public eye. It is a real song. It hurt then and it hurts now. Many families are still living the story.
The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore
Written by: Jean Ritchie
Performed by: The Local Honeys
In Dingess, WV for W.B. Walker's Old Soul Radio Show
Videography by: Melissa Stilwell Photography