Great numbers of popular sentimental, maudlin, and romanticized songs and verses were composed after the Civil War. But this collection of folk music exhibits the rough edges of real life. It captures the disposition of soldiers, the true brutality of the conflict, and the wry humor of the subjects. The people who have contributed their songs, tunes, and stories to this project represent the folk culture of the West Virginia region. They have kept this material in their memories because of their connection to the people and events in the stories, songs, and tunes. The affection for the people from whom they learned the songs adds endearment and meaning. Field recordings of songs, tunes, and stories featuring Melvin Wine, Maggie Hammons, Mose Coffman, and others.
CD – $15