” A 32-song double CD collection of rootsy and acoustic, stripped-down and emotion-packed renderings of tunes of the day, the album features a stellar lineup of old-guard Nashville stalwarts like Ms. Parton and Loretta Lynn (“Take Your Gun and Go, John”) and clangorous newcomers.
The album mixes new takes on old tunes like “Dixie” (by Karen Elson and the Secret Sisters) and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” (Angel Snow) with a raucous partisan Yankee stomp like Shovels & Rope’s “The Fall of Charleston” and the rebel reel “Secesh” (The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band)—songs that have been in mothballs since Appomattox.
Some tunes sound like after-action reports telegraphed from the front. Among them are T Bone Burnett’s dirge, “The Battle of Antietam,” and Ricky Skaggs ‘ “Two Soldiers,” about Union soldiers caught in the deadly fire from the heights at Fredericksburg in 1862.”
Here is the full track list :
Divided & United
- Take Your Gun and Go, John – Loretta Lynn
- Lorena – Del McCoury
- Wildwood Flower – Sam Amidon
- Hell’s Broke Loose In Georgia – Bryan Sutton
- Two Soldiers – Ricky Skaggs
- Marching Through Georgia – Old Crow Medicine Show
- Dear Old Flag – Vince Gill
- Just Before the Battle, Mother/ Farewell, Mother – Steve Earle and Dirk Powell
- The Fall Of Charleston – Shovels & Rope
- Tenting on the Old Campground – John Doe
- Day Of Liberty – Carolina Chocolate Drops
- Richmond Is a Hard Road to Travel – Chris Thile and Michael Daves
- Two Brothers – Chris Stapleton
- The Faded Coat Of Blue – Norman Blake, Nancy Blake and James Bryan
- Listen to the Mockingbird – Stuart Duncan featuring Dolly Parton
- Kingdom Come – Pokey LaFarge
- Rebel Soldier – Jamey Johnson
- The Legend of the Rebel Soldier – Lee Ann Womack
- The Mermaid Song – Jorma Kaukonen
- Dixie - Karen Elson with The Secret Sisters
- The Vacant Chair – Ralph Stanley
- Hard Times – Chris Hillman
- Down By the Riverside – Taj Mahal
- Old Folks at Home/ The Girl I Left Behind Me – Noam Pikelny and David Grisman
- Secesh – The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
- The Battle of Antietam – T Bone Burnett
- Pretty Saro – Ashley Monroe featuring Aubrey Haynie
- Aura Lee – Joe Henry
- Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier – AA Bondy
- When Johnny Comes Marching Home – Angel Snow
- Battle Cry of Freedom – Bryan Sutton
- Beautiful Dreamer – Cowboy Jack Clement
If you are a history buff like those of us here at YouViewed you will want to check out this album which is due to be released on November 5th . You can pre-order yours today direct from ATO Records if you are so inclined . CD Universe is also taking pre-orders as well as offering samples that can be listened to now .
While we are thrilled to see this important music being brought to the public’s attention once again , we grew up listening to these songs from a different source and that version is so ingrained in our imagination and ears that we will forever judge all Civil War musical endeavors by the standard set by the one and only Tennessee Ernie Ford .
He recorded two albums of Civil War era songs , Songs of the South and Songs of the North and to put you in the mood and give you a taste of those tumultuous times we have decided to include some of our favorites below . We hope you enjoy them as much as we do . Give a listen.
Most of the songs that Tennessee Ernie recorded do not appear on the new album so there isn’t much fear on our part that these samples will dampen your interest in the new album .
These first few songs are from the Southern song collection , which we have always had a particular affinity for . The Northern collection of songs has never be able to move us as do the songs of the Confederacy .
Those are three of our favorites from the Confederate collection . Here is one from the Union collection which is actually a Northern rebuttal of the hugely popular Confederate song “Dixie” , called , understandably “Union Dixie” .
“Lorena” is a song that typifies the internecine conflict that characterized the War Of Secession . The song was of Northern origin but it became a common lament of troops on both sides that were years from home , hearth and loved ones .
Here is another example of the Union music of the day , “The Army Of The Free” .
And finally we present one that is a favorite of my children and gets played on the iTouch in the car on a regular basis. Readers of a certain age will recognize the tune even if they are unaware of the song’s Civil War roots . Enjoy.
Allmusic.com provides us with a complete discography of the re-released double album that featured the collection in it’s entirety , Union and Confederate Songs . Included in the discography are links back to samples of each song on the Allmusic website .
These albums are also available as a double set at Amazon. Thanks for allowing us to indulge ourselves . We have always wanted to do a post on these songs from our youth and never quite knew how to bring it about . The impending release of Divided & United offered us the perfect opportunity to do something we have been longing to accomplish for a long time and in so doing we hope that we have brought something new into our reader’s minds .