Canadian country singer/yodeler/songwriter Hank Rivers got his start in Hull, Québec, Canada on a radio program called the "Happy Homesteaders" between 1933-34 where he sang, strummed guitar and yodeled. Although not well known outside of Canada, his music has influenced the likes of Smiling Slim Rogers and others. In 1967, Canadian RCA Victor recorded and released three singles; "Confederation Train" / "Hank's Centennial Travels" (RCA Victor Canada International 57-3426), "Take Me Back To Old N.B." / "Sister Mary" (RCA Victor International 57-3434), and "Something To Sing About" / Shoes Keep Walking" (RCA Victor Canada International 57-3454).
"This single was the highlight of dad's career..., it was wired unto the famous, "1967 Centennial Train", which travelled across Canada during Montreal's Expo 67. Being number one in Canada for many monthss. His Centennial Album followed, & was placed in Montreal's Ontario Pavilion, during the duration of The Celebration of Canada's 100th Birthday." -Sue Patton
"Confederation Train" written by Hank Rivers is an upbeat, rousing country number and is about the beauty and majesty of Canada in context of Canada's 100th Centennial celebrations.
"Hank's Centennial Travels" written by Hank Rivers is a melodic mid-tempo country number about Hank's travels across Canada where he mentions Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina , Moose Jaw and many others across the Country
Although not credited, the backup band on this single is Ted Daigle & The Music Men