Memorial Day Observed

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

With the United States still mired in controversial military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s perhaps more important at this point than at any other since the Vietnam War to mark an honorable and respectful observance of Memorial Day, which is officially observed on Monday. This program honors all those who gave their lives in service to this nation and on behalf of the truly unique rights and freedoms Americans enjoy.

For the second consecutive year, this program departs from our past Memorial Day formats that programmed music from several of America’s military conflicts. Like last year, the focus is placed almost entirely on the Civil War, the deadliest conflict in American history (over 500,000 died). It was in the aftermath of the Civil War that this holiday, first known as Decoration Day, had its roots. Folk musicians, similar to historians, through the decades since the Civil War continue to be intrigued by the music, songs and stories of this bloody internal conflict. We present a small fraction of that work tonight.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Tad Marks, “The March To Gettysburg”, Our Crazy Love Affair, Crop Circle

  • Michael Troy, “Last Day In May”, Whispers In The Wind, Independent


  • Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, “The Battle Cry Of Freedom”, “Dixie’s Land”, The Blue And Gray In Black And White, Flying Fish

  • Randy Kohrs, “Two Boys From Kentucky”, Old Photographs, Rural Rhythm


  • David Kincaid, “The Irish Volunteer”, The Irish Volunteer, Ryko

  • Jed Marum, “Fighting Tigers Of Ireland”, Fighting Tigers Of Ireland, Boston Road

  • Jed Marum, “Monaghan’s Lament”, Cross Over The River, Boston Road

  • Jed Marum, “Sweet Ellen Joyce”, Fighting Tigers Of Ireland, Boston Road

  • David Kincaid, “Meagher Is Leading The Irish Brigade”, The Irish Volunteer, Ryko


  • Harvey Reid, “The Unknown Soldier”, Dreamer Or Believer, Woodpecker


  • Richard Shindell, “Arrowhead”, Blue Divide, Shanachie

  • Guy Clark, “Soldier’s Joy 1864”, The Dark, Sugar Hill

  • Jack Hardy, “The 111th Pennsylvane”, Civil Wars, Great Divide


  • Carol Noonan, “Emma”, Somebody’s Darling, Independent

  • Judy Cook, “The Southern Girl’s Reply”, Tenting Tonight, Independent

  • Grey DeLisle, “Tell Me True”, The Graceful Ghost, Sugar Hill

  • Jed Marum, “Letter From Lilac Acres”, Fighting Tigers Of Ireland, Boston Road


  • Carol Noonan, “Brothers In Arms”, Somebody’s Darling, Independent

  • John Gorka, “Let Them In”, The Company You Keep, Red House