Clinch Mountain Echo

V/A - Divided & United:

The Songs Of The Civil War

(ATO 0882188429) 2013


United And Divided
Rear Cover Booklet Picture

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This 2xCD set of American Civil War songs, was put together with the help of Randall Poster, whose credits include music for TV series 'Boardwalk Empire' and the 'Moonrise Kingdom' film.[1] It features a good selection of songs, which were either written about the war, or popularised at the time; with quite an impressive cast of performers drawn from the old-time / bluegrass / country genres.

It's noticeable how some of the tunes were adopted by both sides, and ironic that the confederate favourite (I Wish I Was In) Dixie was composed by a minstrel artist from New York. The 32 songs included, also cover the war from many different perspectives.

Ralph is featured singing The Vacant Chair, which first appeared in the 'Worcester Spy' newspaper around Thanksgiving 1861. It was written to commemorate the death of Lieutentant John William Grout of the 15th Massachusetts Infantry, who was killed at the Battle Of Ball's Bluff.[2] Personnel on the track are:-

The CD comes in a fold-out digipak, and there's a 32-page booklet including details of the individual songs, and liner notes by Sean Wilentz and John Cohen. There are also three short films on youtube, giving the background behind the project, including interviews with some of the artists (but not Ralph).[3]

Track:
Title:
CD One:
(62:10)
1
Take Your Gun And Go, John
- Loretta Lynn

Hiram T. Merrill
2
Lorena
- Del McCoury

Rev. Henry D.L. Webster
3
Wildwood Flower
- Sam Amidon

Maud Irving / Joseph Philbrick Weber
4
Hell's Broke Loose In Georgia
- Bryan Sutton

P.D.
5
Two Soldiers
- Ricky Skaggs

P.D.
6
Marching Through Georgia
- Old Crow Medicine Show

Henry C. Work
7
Dear Old Flag
- Vince Gill

George Cooper / Stephen Foster
8
Just Before The Battle, Mother / Farewell Mother
- Steve Earle & Dirk Powell

George F. Root
9
The Fall Of Charleston
- Shovels & Rope

P.D.
10
Tenting On The Old Campground
- John Doe

Walter Kittredge
11
Day Of Liberty
- Carolina Chocolate Drops

Henry Clay Work / George F. Root
12
Richmond Is A Hard Road To Travel
- Chris Thile & Michael Daves

Daniel Decatur Emmett
13
Two Brothers
- Chris Stapleton

P.D.
14
The Faded Coat Of Blue
- Norman Blake, Nancy Blake & James Bryan

J.H. McNaughton
15
Listen To The Mockingbird
- Stuart Duncan / Dolly Parton

Richard Milburn/Septimus Winner
16
Kingdom Come
- Pokey LaFarge

Henry C. Work
CD Two:
(66:26)
1
Rebel Soldier
-Jamey Johnson

P.D.
2
The Legend Of The Rebel Soldier
- Lee Ann Womack

Caroline Norton / P.D.
3
The Mermaid Song
- Jorma Kaukonen

P.D.
4
Dixie
- Karon Elson w/ The Secret Sisters

Daniel Decatur Emmett
5
The Vacant Chair
- Ralph Stanley

P.D.
6
Hard Times
- Chris Hillman

Stephen Foster
7
Down By The Riverside
- Taj Mahal

P.D.
8
Old Folks At Home / The Girl I Left Behind Me
- Noam Pikelny / David Grisman

Stephen Foster / P.D.
9
Secesh
- The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band

P.D.
10
The Battle Of Antietam
- T Bone Burnett

P.D.
11
Pretty Saro
- Ashley Monroe w/Aubrey Haynie

P.D.
12
Aura Lee
- Joe Henry

W.W. Fosdick / George R. Poulton
13
Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier
- AA Bondy

P.D.
14
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
- Angel Snow

Patrick Gilmore
15
Battle Cry Of Freedom
- Bryan Sutton

George F. Root
16
Beautiful Dreamer
- Cowboy Jack Clement

Stephen Foster

Go To Top Of Page [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divided_%26_United
[2] From the liner notes.
[3] See:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTetCEjMb0o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWMKqdtuYrQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krN09_0nEew