Divided & United: Songs of the Civil War

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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: 11/5/2013
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882188429
  • Catalog Number: 218842
  • Sales rank: 4,090

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take Your Gun and Go, John - Loretta Lynn (3:30)
  2. 2 Lorena - Del McCoury (4:07)
  3. 3 Wildwood Flower - Sam Amidon (2:46)
  4. 4 Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia - Bryan Sutton (3:26)
  5. 5 Two Soldiers - Ricky Skaggs (4:29)
  6. 6 Marching Through Georgia - Old Crow Medicine Show (4:07)
  7. 7 Dear Old Flag - Vince Gill (3:57)
  8. 8 Just Before the Battle, Mother/Farewell, Mother - Dirk Powell (4:55)
  9. 9 The Fall of Charleston - Shovels & Rope (3:10)
  10. 10 Tenting on the Old Campground - John Doe (5:27)
  11. 11 Day of Liberty - The Carolina Chocolate Drops (4:31)
  12. 12 Richmond is a Hard Road to Travel - Michael Daves (4:24)
  13. 13 Two Brothers - Chris Stapleton (2:56)
  14. 14 The Faded Coat of Blue - James Bryan (3:19)
  15. 15 Listen to the Mockingbird - Stuart Duncan (4:05)
  16. 16 Kingdom Come - Pokey LaFarge (2:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rebel Soldier - Jamey Johnson (4:52)
  2. 2 The Legend of the Rebel Soldier - Lee Ann Womack (4:58)
  3. 3 The Mermaid Song - Jorma Kaukonen (3:50)
  4. 4 Dixie - The Secret Sisters (4:39)
  5. 5 The Vacant Chair - Ralph Stanley (3:52)
  6. 6 Hard Times - Chris Hillman (3:50)
  7. 7 Down by the Riverside - Taj Mahal (3:33)
  8. 8 Old Folks at Home/The Girl I Left Behind Me - Noam Pikelny (5:07)
  9. 9 Secesh - Tennessee Mafia Jug Band (3:26)
  10. 10 The Battle of Antietam - T Bone Burnett (6:28)
  11. 11 Pretty Saro - Ashley Monroe (2:55)
  12. 12 Aura Lee - Joe Henry (3:37)
  13. 13 Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier - A.A. Bondy (4:03)
  14. 14 When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Angel Snow (3:15)
  15. 15 Battle Cry of Freedom - Bryan Sutton (4:27)
  16. 16 Beautiful Dreamer - Jack Clement (3:24)
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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
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, Guitar, 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
Sharon White Skaggs 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
The 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 II Engineer
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