“Kenny Wagner's Surrender”

Author: Andrew Jenkins
Earliest date: 1927 (recordings, Vernon Dalhart, Ernest Stoneman)
Keywords: homicide escape prison punishment
Found in: US(SE,So)


Kenny Wagner has killed three men, including a Mississippi sheriff. Captured in Tennessee, he escapes but is retaken and sentenced to life


For the minimal background Hudson supplies for this song, see the notes to "Kenny Wagner" [Laws E7]. This is evidently a semi-sequel to "Kenny Wagner"; it refers to that song and adds more details but is told in the first person. - RBW

Cross references



  1. Laws E8, "Kenny Wagner's Surrender"
  2. BrownII 245, "Kenny Wagner's Surrender" (1 text)
  3. Hudson 106, pp. 245-246, "Kenny Wagner's Surrender" (1 text)
  4. Burt, p. 216-217, "(Kenny Wagner's Surrender)" (1 text)
  5. DT 779, KENWAGSR
  6. Roud #979
  7. BI, LE08