Memorial Day Observed

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

With America involved militarily in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, this program marks the annual observance of Memorial Day, which falls on Monday. This program honors all those who gave their lives in military service to this nation and its cherished rights and freedoms from the American Revolutionary War to the current conflicts.

Our focus returns solely to the Civil War this year as it’s the 150th anniversary of the start of the deadliest conflict in America's history (over 500,000 died). It is the war out of which the Memorial Day holiday, first known as Decoration Day, originated. There is such a large body of historical and contemporary song that revolves around just the Civil War and it's worth presenting. This show draws on material old and new and especially highlights two albums released by Smithsonian Folkways as part of the 150th anniversary observance — a reissuance of classic Civil War songs recorded in 1973 for CMS Records by the late Tom Glazer and a meticulously researched album entitled Civil War Naval Songs from Dan Milner, David Coffin and Jeff Davis.

  • 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

  • Tom Glazer, “Battle Cry Of Freedom”, A Treasury Of Civil War Songs, Smithsonian Folkways

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


  • Andrew McKnight, “The Road To Appomattox”, Turning Pages, Falling Mountain

  • The Carter Family, “Faded Coat Of Blue”, Last Sessions, Rounder

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

  • Jeff Warner, “The Southern Girl’s Reply”, Jolly Tinker, Independent

  • Kathy Mattea, “The Vacant Chair”, Songs Of The Civil War, Columbia


  • Tom Glazer. “Just Before The Battle Mother”, A Treasury Of Civil War Songs, Smithsonian Folkways,

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


  • Dan Milner & Jeff Davis, “The Brooklyn Sloop Of War”, Civil War Naval Songs, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Jay Ungar/Molly Mason/Fiddle Fever, “Marching Through Georgia”, Songs Of The Civil War, Columbia

  • David Davis & Warrior River Boys, “Chancellorsville”, Troubled Times, Rebel

  • Ben Bedford, “Twenty One”, Land Of The Shadows, Hopeful Sky Records

  • Dan Milner et al, “The Monitor & Merrimac”, Civil War Naval Songs, Smithsonian Folkways


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

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

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