Rough Trade recommends: Divided And United – Various Artists

Nearly 150 years after the Civil War ended, America is still both fascinated and haunted by the events that tore the country apart while  defining a vision of this nation that in many respects stands to this day.

Plenty of popular songs and stories have been written about the war and its impact, but fewer Americans are aware of just how many songs dealing with the conflict and its human consequences emerged between 1861 and 1865.

Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War is an ambitious effort to study the songs of the era with fresh eyes and ears; here, 32 artists interpret popular songs from the Civil War years, some in styles that reflect the way they were performed in the 19th century and others appearing in arrangements that are radically contemporary.

ATO Records and music supervisor Randall Poster have joined forces to release ‘Divided and United,’ a two-disc set of Civil War songs brought to life through fresh interpretations by a broad range of artists such as Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton (on a duet with Stuart Duncan), Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Ralph Stanley, AA Bondy, Jamey Johnson, Chris Thile, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Taj Mahal, Shovels and Rope, Cowboy Jack Clement, John Doe, Karen Elson and many more.

This is a great listen as well as being historically interesting.

Nigel House, co-founder, Rough Trade record shops

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