Tag: The Story Behind The Song

The Story Behind the Song – Am I A Fool

| April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Am I A Fool was written by Keith Tew and then-spouse Danette Gilley and recorded by the Lonesome River Band. The song won the 2000 SPBGMA Song of the Year award. Born in 1966, Tew is a native of Florida who started playing guitar and […]


The Story behind the Song – Church in the Wildwood  

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Church in the Wildwood isn’t a recently written song. It was actually composed in 1857 by a young music teacher named William S Pitts as a result of a June visit to Bradford, Iowa. Pitts was on a stagecoach ride that stopped at the town. […]


The Story behind the Song – Just to Hear the Whistle Blow

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just to Hear the Whistle Blow was written by Tim Stafford and Steve Gulley in late 2012 or early 2013. They wrote their first tune together in 2003 and have written around 75 songs, not all of which have seen the light of day. Train […]


The Story Behind the Song – Cloud of Dust

| June 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

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. […]


The Story Behind the Song – Singing As We Rise

| April 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

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 […]


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

| August 29, 2013 | 4 Comments

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 […]


The Story Behind the Song – Three Days in July

| July 1, 2013 | 2 Comments

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 […]


The Story Behind The Song – Daddy Killed the Calf

| June 13, 2013 | 2 Comments

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. […]


Story Behind the Song – Crossing the Bar

| May 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

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 […]


The Story behind the Song – Barabbas

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

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 […]