First broadcast May 25, 2012

Memorial Day Observed

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This program marks our annual observance of Memorial Day, which falls on Monday. The program honors all who gave their lives in military service to this nation and its cherished rights and freedoms from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts. However, our musical focus remains with the Civil War as the 150th anniversary continues of events in the deadliest conflict in America's history (over 500,000 died). The Civil War is the conflict out of which the Memorial Day holiday, first known as Decoration Day, originated. The program acknowledges that there is such a significant body of historical and contemporary song that centers on the Civil War. This show draws on material old and new and highlights albums released during the past year that connect to the Civil War. I also returned to selections from David Kincaid’s groundbreaking 1998 album “The Irish Volunteer: Songs of the Irish Union Soldier 1861-1865” on Ryko.

  • 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

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  • Privates By Choice, “Biscuits At Manassas”, Hardtack & Saddlesores, Danjerus Music

  • Derek Warfield, “Dixieland”, The Bonnie Blue Flag, Independent

  • The Weavers, “Rally Round The Flag”, Wasn’t That A Time (Box), Vanguard

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

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

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

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  • Magpie, “Old John Brown”, “Heaven Is Less Than Fair”, John Brown: Sword Of the Spirit, Sliced Bread

  • Phil Passen, “They Swung John Brown To A Sour Apple Tree/John Brown’s Dream”, Tramp Tramp Tramp, Independent

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

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  • Privates By Choice, “Running The Blockade”, Hardtack & Saddlesores, Danjerus Music

  • Dan Milner, “The Blockade Runner”, Civil War Naval Songs, Smithsonian Folkways

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  • Ronnie Reno, “American Trilogy”, Portfolio, Rural Rhythm

  • John Gorka, “Where No Monument Stands”, So Dark You See, Red House

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

  • Staff Sgt. Steve Luck, “Taps” Songs Of The Civil War, Columbia,