Tag: The Story Behind The Song

The Story Behind the Song – Cloud of Dust

| June 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Cloud of Dust was written John Cloyd Miller, the vocalist, mandolin and guitar player for Red June, a trio hailing from Asheville, North Carolina. Miller is a versatile singer/songwriter, the winner, with Cloud of Dust, of the 2013 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest staged at MerleFest. […]

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The Story Behind the Song – Singing As We Rise

| April 22, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Joe Newberry was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and grew up in Boone County, Missouri. His songwriting has the same clean, elegant style that characterises his banjo playing. Musicians in the folk and bluegrass world often record his songs. The Gibson Brothers included two of […]

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The Story Behind The Song – Doc Watson Morning, D-18 Guitar Picking Kind of Day

| August 29, 2013 | 4 Comments
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Doc Watson Morning, D-18 Guitar Picking Kind of Day was written by Peter Rowan and Jerry Faires who, beginning the day after Doc Watson had passed away, collaborated on this sincere tribute to the great guitar player and singer. The song has seen significant radio […]

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The Story Behind the Song – Three Days in July

| July 1, 2013 | 2 Comments
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On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg – July 1st, 2nd and 3rd 1863 – it is timely to look at the story behind Three Days in July, written by Mark Simos and Jon Weisberger. The song was recorded by the Infamous Stringdusters […]

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The Story Behind The Song – Daddy Killed the Calf

| June 13, 2013 | 2 Comments
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Daddy Killed the Calf was written by Shannon Slaughter (with a little bit of help from Mike Bentley and Dale Felts). A recording of this song can be found on the latest self-released CD from Shannon and Heather Slaughter & County Clare One More Road. […]

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Story Behind the Song – Crossing the Bar

| May 20, 2013 | 1 Comment
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Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote Crossing the Bar in 1889, three years before he died. The poem describes his placid and accepting attitude toward death. Although he followed this work with subsequent poems, he requested that Crossing the Bar appear as the final poem in all […]

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The Story behind the Song – Barabbas

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
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The Gospel song Barabbas was written by Eldred Hill, the mandolin player with West Virginia-based group Patent Pending. He relates …… “My father had heard a sermon on the crucifixion delivered by his minister Steve Smallman. The theme was that Barabbas was ‘our’ representative, that […]

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The Story Behind The Song – Jacob’s Dream

| March 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Jacob’s Dream is based on a true story about two boys, Joseph, aged five, and George Cox , aged six, who were lost in the in the dense forest of Spruce Hollow, in the Allegheny Mountain region of Pennsylvania. Two little boys lost in the […]

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The Story Behind The Song – The Shape I’m In

| February 11, 2013 | 3 Comments
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The Shape I’m In was written by Dudley Connell, a founder member of the neo-traditional band the Johnson Mountain Boys and currently guitar player with the Seldom Scene. It was included in the band’s Dream Scene album (Sugar Hill SHDC-3858), released in 1996, shortly after […]

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The Story Behind The Song – Atlanta Is Burning

| January 22, 2013 | 4 Comments
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The song Atlanta Is Burning is based in part on an event during the American Civil War. It was written by Aubrey Holt of the Boys from Indiana, a band that Holt along with his uncle, Harley Gabbard formed in 1973. “I wrote (the song) […]

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