Memorial Day Observed

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This program marks our annual observance of Memorial Day, the solemn holiday which falls on Monday. The program honors all who gave their lives in military service to this nation from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts and on behalf of its cherished rights and freedoms.

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.

  • 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”, The Weavers’ Almanac, Vanguard

  • Judy Collins, “Battle Hymn Of The Republic”, Songs Of The Civil War, Columbia


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

  • Robin & Linda Williams, “Hardtacks All We Eat”, Stonewall Country, Red House Records

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

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

  • Privates By Choice, “A Letter From Home”, Hardtack & Saddlesores, Danjerus Music

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

  • Tim Eriksen, “The Southern Girl’s Reply”, Every Sound Below, Appleseed


  • Michael McCann, “Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier”, Soldiers’ Songs, Independent

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


  • Coty Hogue, “Shiloh’s Hill/Battle Of Shiloh”, To The West, Cello Room

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

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

  • Jim Taylor, “Little Rose Is Gone/Billy In The Low Ground”, The Civil War Collection, Pearl Mae Music


  • John Hartford, “Aura Lee”, Songs Of The Civil War, Columbia

  • Dan Bonis, “Lorena”, The Lost Green Valley, Independent

  • Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, “Camping On The Old Tent Ground”, The Blue And Grey In Black And White, Flying Fish


  • Bob Gibson, “Let The Band Play Dixie”, The Living Legend Years, Bob Gibson Legacy

  • Robin & Linda Williams, “Don’t Let Me Come Home A Stranger”, Stonewall Country, Red House

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

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