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A Memorial Day Tribute: An Early Salute

Posted: May 26, 2011

 A Salute To All The Veterans

An early salute for the upcoming weekend...

In honor of Memorial Day, and all the brave men and women who have served our country, I'd like say thank you from everyone at Swampland. As a musical tribute, everyone should seek out an upcoming Tompkins Square release, Bloody War Songs 1924-1939. Christopher King and Josh Rosenthal produced this diverse anthology of performances caprtured between 1924 and 1939. Liner notes indicate this collection's intent:

"Soldier's laments, heart-songs, and patriotic tunes have been an essential part of the American soundscape for many generations. Most of these compositions, however, have been identified with the Vietnam war or with World War II. This newly minted collection presents performances captured between 1924 and 1939 of songs originating from the American Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and the "war to end all wars," the First World War. These recordings were the folk foundation both of the common soldier's perspective of the battlefield and of the family and loved ones that were left behind.

"Bloody War recreates the musical panorama of the early 20th century with songs of warfare that are humorous and tragic, sardonic and vivid. Many of these songs have not been heard since they were originally issued in the 1920s and 1930s and are as relevant today as they were when they were first composed. Highlights of this collection include the masterpiece "Dixie Division" by Fiddlin' John Carson, the legendary Atlanta, GA, entertainer that was among the first rural performers to wax country music. His idiosyncratic fiddling meshes together a paean for Southern soldiers that have fought in the American Civil War to the First World War, held together with a medley of "Dixie," "Swanee River," and "Yankee Doodle." Contemporary banjoist and singer, Wade Mainer, contributes the poignant "Not A Word Of That Be Said" a mere two years before the outbreak of World War II."

A portion of the proceeds from this album go to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterens of America.

Have a Safe & Happy Holiday,

James Calemine

RELATED LINKS

William Tyler - Behold The Spirit

Ben Hall - Ben Hall!

Charlie Louvin - Hickory Wind: Live at the Gram Parsons Guitar Pull

Polk Miller & His Old South Quartet

People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938
(All of the above are Tompkins Square releases)

Bloody War Songs 1924-1939 at the Tompkins Square website

 

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