Steve Earle, Loretta Lynn Featured On Commemorative Civil War Tribute Album

Written by July 24th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

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Divided & United is technically a cover album, but you aren’t likely to own any of the originals. After inspiration struck while on location in Nashville (and with some help from a Tennessean cover story) Randall Poster, a music supervisor best known for his work with Wes Anderson, Martin Scorcese and Todd Haynes, set about curating an anniversary tribute album of classic Civil War songs. Working this time with ATO Records, Poster hand-picked performers who range from country stalwarts Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Vince Gill to relative newcomers such as Sam Amidon, Pokey LaFarge and Ashley Monroe. Not to mention the likes of T Bone Burnett and John Doe, for good variety measure.

After extensive research in collaboration with master bluegrass guitarist Bryan Sutton, Poster assembled a collection of songs to “represent hope and loss, camaraderie and compassion, and the distinct voices of the North and South; born out of specific battles and turning points” including but not limited to “sentimental, parlor songs and spirituals of the period, songs that soldiers brought into battle with them, abolition and minstrel songs.”

Exploring the country’s deep musical history and revitalized by artists themselves a part of its continued evolution, Divided & United offers a “unique window on the past, with themes exploring race, identity and reconciliation in a manner that echoes profoundly today” and will be released this fall.

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 – Steve Earle and 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 – Chris Thile and Michael Daves
13.     Two Brothers – Chris Stapleton
14.     The Faded Coat Of Blue – Norman Blake, Nancy Blake and James Bryan
15.     Listen to the Mockingbird – Stuart Duncan feat. Dolly Parton
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 – Karen Elson with 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 & David Grisman
9.      Secesh – The 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 – AA Bondy
14.     When Johnny Comes Marching Home – Angel Snow
15.     Battle Cry of Freedom – Bryan Sutton
16.     Beautiful Dreamer – Cowboy Jack Clement

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