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. Like the holiday, this program honors all who gave their lives in military service to this nation from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts around the globe on behalf of our cherished rights and freedoms.

However, our musical focus remains with the Civil War, the deadliest conflict in America's history (over 500,000 died). The Civil War is the conflict out of which originated the Memorial Day holiday, first known as Decoration Day. The program acknowledges that there is vast and 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 and/or the problems confronting veterans returning from war.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Ken & Brad Kolodner, “John Brown’s March”, Skipping Rocks, Fenchurch Music

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

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

  • Southern Rail, “On The Road From Appomattox”, On the Road From Appomattox, Independent


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

  • 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


  • New Lost City Ramblers, “John Brown’s Dream”, Classic Old-Time Music, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Magpie, “Old John Brown”, “Mary Brown Abolitionist”, John Brown: Sword Of The Spirit, Sliced Bread


  • Michael Jerling, “A Boy On Memorial Day”, Halfway Home, Fool’s Hill Music

  • Wyatt Easterling, “A Soldier Comes Home”, Goodbye Hello, Phoenix Rising

  • Nathan Bell, “Names”, Blood Like A River, Stone Barn Records


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

  • Dan Milner/Deirdre Murtha/Bonnie Milner, “A Yankee Man Of War”, Civil War Naval Songs, Smithsonian Folkways

  • Privates By Choice, “CSS Shenandoah’s Last Glory”, Hardtack & Saddlesores, Danjerus Music


  • Joe Jencks, “Let The Band Play Dixie”, Links In A Chain, Turtle Bear Music

  • 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,