With military conflicts involving the United States continuing in Iraq and Afghanistan, it's vital that we as Americans mark an honorable and respectful observance of Memorial Day, which falls Sunday but 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. The sacrifices made were brought home to Connecticut just this week with the death of Staff Sgt. Edwin Rivera of Waterford, a member of the Connecticut National Guard who was killed in Afghanistan.
This program once again pays special tribute during its first hour to the Civil War era, 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, sprouts 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.
The second hour touches on songs connected to World War I, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the desire for eventual peace that will put an end to all war.
- Artist, "Title", Album, Label
- Southern Rail, On The Road From Appomattox, On the Road From Appomattox, Railway Records
- Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, Dixie's Land, The Blue And Grey In Black And White, Flying Fish
- The Weavers, Rally Round The Flag, Wasn't That A Time, Vanguard Box Set
- Judy Collins, Battle Hymn Of The Republic, Songs Of The Civil War, Columbia
- Andrew McKnight, The Road Appomattox, Turning Pages, Falling Mountain
- Jim Watson, Faded Coat Of Blue, Don't Tell Me/I Don't Know, Barker
- Tim Eriksen, The Southern Girl's Reply, Every Sound Below, Appleseed
- Kathy Mattea, The Vacant Chair, Songs Of The Civil War, Columbia
- 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
- John McCutcheon, Christmas In The Trenches, Live At Wolftrap, Rounder
- Bill Gallaher & Jake Galbraith, 1914 (The Grand Illusion), The Last Battle, Independent
- Richard Thompson, The Woods Of Darney, You? Me? Us?, Capitol
- Mike McCann, The Wall, Soldiers' Songs, Independent
- Michael Jerling, The Long Black Wall, Early Jerling, Waterbug
- Robin & Linda Williams, 50000 Names, Radio Songs, Red House
- Carol Noonan, Brothers In Arms, Somebody's Darling, Independent
- John Gorka, Let Them In, The Company You Keep, Red House
- Staff Sgt. Steve Luck, Taps, Songs Of The Civil War, Columbia