Divided & United: Songs of the Civil War

Divided & United: Songs of the Civil War

     
 

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Nearly 150 years after the Civil War ended, America is still both fascinated and haunted by the events that tore the country apart while defining a vision of this nation that in many respects stands to this day. Plenty of popular songs and stories have been written about the war and its impact, but fewer Americans are aware of just how many songs dealing with the… See more details below

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Nearly 150 years after the Civil War ended, America is still both fascinated and haunted by the events that tore the country apart while defining a vision of this nation that in many respects stands to this day. Plenty of popular songs and stories have been written about the war and its impact, but fewer Americans are aware of just how many songs dealing with the conflict and its human consequences emerged between 1861 and 1865. Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War is an ambitious effort to study the songs of the era with fresh eyes and ears; here, 32 artists interpret popular songs from the Civil War years, some in styles that reflect the way they were performed in the 19th century and others appearing in arrangements that are radically contemporary. Randall Poster, who produced the project, has brought together an impressive variety of artists, ranging from living legends of country and folk (Loretta Lynn, Norman Blake, Dolly Parton, Del McCoury) to young upstarts of roots rock (the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Old Crow Medicine Show, Shovels & Rope), and everyone on board delivers strong, thoughtful performances that respect the material not merely as history, but as music that remains compelling today, and this collection is frequently full of surprises. While the tone of these songs is often full of emotion, there's little sentimentality, as the stakes of life, death, and nation were clear in the minds of the people who wrote them -- the pull of home and family far outweighs politics in these tunes -- and hearing "Just Before the Battle, Mother," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," and "Dixie" sung in full, rather than the fragments that are usually performed today, is a reminder of how familiar America had become with many kinds of loss during the war years. Even songs that outwardly have little or nothing to do with war serve as potent examples of how different popular song is today, as "Listen to the Mockingbird" and "The Mermaid Song" spin tales as deep and full of wonder as a good short story. And this set is simply full of great performances, with nearly everyone on board making this material sound vital and timeless, from Dr. Ralph Stanley (who was born in 1927, only 62 years after the end of the war, a time when more than a few men who fought in the war were still around to tell their tales, and sings "The Vacant Chair" like he clearly remembers those stories) to A.A. Bondy (whose electronic spin on "Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier" makes the lyrics sound painfully relevant in the 21st century). Divided & United is vital listening for anyone interested in the history of pop music or the United States, and it satisfies as both education and entertainment.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2013
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0880882188429
catalogNumber:
218842
Rank:
34352

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Take Your Gun and Go, John  - Loretta Lynn
  2. Lorena  - Del McCoury
  3. Wildwood Flower  - Sam Amidon
  4. Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia  - Bryan Sutton
  5. Two Soldiers  - Ricky Skaggs
  6. Marching Through Georgia  -  Old Crow Medicine Show
  7. Dear Old Flag  - Vince Gill
  8. Just Before the Battle, Mother/Farewell, Mother  - Dirk Powell
  9. The Fall of Charleston  -  Shovels & Rope
  10. Tenting on the Old Campground  - John Doe
  11. Day of Liberty  -  Carolina Chocolate Drops
  12. Richmond is a Hard Road to Travel  - Michael Daves
  13. Two Brothers  - Chris Stapleton
  14. The Faded Coat of Blue  - James Bryan
  15. Listen to the Mockingbird  - Stuart Duncan
  16. Kingdom Come  - Pokey LaFarge

Disc 2

  1. Rebel Soldier  - Jamey Johnson
  2. The Legend of the Rebel Soldier  - Lee Ann Womack
  3. The Mermaid Song  - Jorma Kaukonen
  4. Dixie  -  Secret Sisters
  5. The Vacant Chair  - Ralph Stanley
  6. Hard Times  - Chris Hillman
  7. Down by the Riverside  - Taj Mahal
  8. Old Folks at Home/The Girl I Left Behind Me  - Noam Pikelny
  9. Secesh  -  Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
  10. The Battle of Antietam  - T Bone Burnett
  11. Pretty Saro  - Ashley Monroe
  12. Aura Lee  - Joe Henry
  13. Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier  - A.A. Bondy
  14. When Johnny Comes Marching Home  - Angel Snow
  15. Battle Cry of Freedom  - Bryan Sutton
  16. Beautiful Dreamer  - Jack Clement

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Taj Mahal   Vocals
Nancy Blake   Cello,Vocals
Norman Blake   Guitar,Vocals
James Bryan   Fiddle
Del McCoury   Guitar,Vocals
Ricky Skaggs   Vocals,Musician
Ralph Stanley   Vocals
Chris Hillman   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Loretta Lynn   Vocals
Dolly Parton   Vocal Harmony
John Doe   Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Steve Earle   Guitar,Vocals
Joe Henry   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Buck White   Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Barry Bales   Bass
Mike Bub   Bass
T Bone Burnett   Vocals
Jack Clement   Vocals,Guitar (Resonator)
Hank Cochran   Piano
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Vocals
Vince Gill   Vocals
David Grisman   Mandolin
Byron House   Bass
John Jarvis   Piano
Greg Leisz   Mandolin,Mandocello,Weissenborn
Kenny Malone   Percussion,Marimbas
Ronnie McCoury   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Gordon Mote   Piano
David Piltch   Upright Bass
Dirk Powell   Banjo,Fiddle,Accordion,Vocals
Ernie Sykes   Bass
Leroy Troy   Banjo,Washboard,Jug
Dan Tyminski   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Background Vocals
Patrick Warren   Piano,Accordion,Pump Organ
Sharon White-Skaggs   Vocals
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Jay Bellerose   Percussion,Drums
Jon Randall Stewart   Vocal Harmony
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Lee Ann Womack   Vocals
James Alan Shelton   Guitar
Craig Eastman   Violin,Tenor Violin
Tim Lauer   Pump Organ
Ben Isaacs   Vocals
Matt Sweeney   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Fred Eltringham   Drums
Becky Isaacs Bowman   Vocals
Mike Webb   Dobro
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Octave Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Lily Isaacs   Vocals
Danny Kathriner   Drums
Matt Combs   Fiddle
Laura Rogers   Vocal Harmony
Lester Armistead   Vocal Harmony
Sam Amidon   Banjo,Fiddle,Vocals
Jeff Taylor   Accordion,Penny Whistle
Mike Armistead   Guitar,Vocals
Shad Cobb   Fiddle
Critter Fuqua   Banjo,Vocals
Morgan Jahnig   Bass,Vocals
Noam Pikelny   Banjo
Ryan Spearman   Banjo
Jamey Johnson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Ashley Monroe   Vocals
Karen Elson   Vocals
Gill Landry   Dobro,Vocals
Michael Daves   Guitar
Angel Snow   Vocals
Pokey LaFarge   Vocals
Chris Stapleton   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Cheryl White Warren   Vocals
Ken Pattengale   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Cory Younts   Mandolin,Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Levon Henry   Clarinet
Rhiannon Giddens   Banjo,Vocals
Dom Flemons   Vocals
John Bowman   Vocals
Jason Carter   Fiddle,Vocal Harmony
Shawn Lane   Vocal Harmony
Ketch Secor   Fiddle,Vocals
Joey Glynn   Upright Bass
Dan Kelly   Fiddle
Kevin Hayes   Guitar,Vocals
Lydia Rogers   Vocal Harmony
Milk Carton Kids   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Hubby Jenkins   Vocals
Sonya Isaacs Yeary   Vocals
Chance McCoy   Guitar,Vocals
Joey Ryan   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
TJ Muller   Trumpet
Robbie McCroury   Banjo

Technical Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Producer
Stephen Foster   Composer
Joe Henry   Producer
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Mark Capps   overdub engineer
John Cohen   Liner Notes
David Ferguson   Engineer
Brent King   Engineer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Mike Poole   Engineer
Brent Truitt   Engineer
Henry Clay Work   Composer
Jason Lehning   Engineer
Matt Sweeney   Producer
Irwin Silber   Information
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Bryan Sutton   Producer
George Cooper   Composer
Joseph Philbrick Webster   Composer
Ted Hutt   Producer
Luke Wooten   Producer,Engineer
Sam Amidon   Producer
Nathan Zwald   overdub engineer
Doug Storm   Engineer
Rev. H.D.L. Webster   Composer
Ryan Mall   Engineer
Alex Venguer   Engineer
Jim Price   Engineer
A.A. Bondy   Arranger
Pokey LaFarge   Producer
Sean Reed   Engineer
Michael Trent   Producer
John Hugh McNaughton   Composer
Walter Kittredge   Composer
George Frederick Root   Composer
Ray Kennedy   Engineer,Mastering
George R. Poulton   Composer
Chuck Turner   Engineer
W. W. Fosdick   Composer
Sean Wilentz   Liner Notes
Matt Rausch   Engineer
David Hammonds   Engineer
Chris Szczech   Engineer
Maud Irving   Composer
Richard Milburn   Composer
Hiriam T. Merrill   Composer
Dave Dennison   Engineer
Myron Hart   Engineer

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