Win a Copy of "Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War"


Most events throughout history have been riddled with song, from social revolutions like the Civil Rights Movement, to songs speaking out against the draft and heightened involvement in Vietnam. Woody Guthrie's "The Biggest Thing Man Has Ever Done" tackled the quest to oust Hitler, while a slew of contemporary artists took a swing at the Bush Administration's decision to head into war in Iraq. 

But, what about the Civil War? Songs reimagining its various battles have popped up here and there in the ongoing evolution of folk and bluegrass music, but the actual music of the Civil War has been a little more elusive. Now, the fine folks at ATO Records and Randall Poster have pulled together a two-disc collection of Civil War Songs recorded by Dolly Parton, Cowboy Jack Clement, Chris Thile, Pokey LaFarge, Ralph Stanley, Steve Earle, John Doe, T Bone Burnett, and many more. It's an outstanding, expansive collection delves deeply into the psyche of the Civil War, unearthing some of the music that spoke for its time, that blew off its steam, and that pulled the people through that era of the unknown. 

We would love to give a couple copies of Divided & United - The Songs of the Civil War, to two lucky ND community members. You can stream the music in the player below, for a preview.

To enter:  Comment on this post and tell us which of the songs in the player below  you like the best, and why. Or, tell us which of the artists on the album you love the most and why. Or, if both of those ideas stump you, simply tell us why you think you deserve a copy of this wonderful collection.

To comment, scroll to the bottom of this page and leave your comment in the comment field. (Do not click "+Add" at the top of the page, as that will create an entirely separate blog post that we will have to delete.) Comments posted as separate blog posts, via Facebook or Twitter, will not be counted as entries in this contest. Anyone may enter but, due to shipping costs, the prize can only be sent to a US address. 

This contest will close Monday, Nov. 11, at 11:59 p.m. PST.

From a press release:

ATO Records and music supervisor Randall Poster (‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘Rave On Buddy Holly’) have joined forces to release ‘Divided & United,’ a two-disc set of Civil War songs brought to life through fresh interpretations by the pioneers, Hall of Famers and rising young stars of country, bluegrass, folk and beyond. The collection celebrates music deeply vital to the history and spirit of America in tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Each song offers a unique window on the past, with themes exploring race, identity and reconciliation in a manner that echoes profoundly today. ]

The tremendous talents on ‘Divided & United’ span several generations and genres: 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 & Rope, Cowboy Jack Clement, John Doe, Karen Elson and many more. Combined they have won close to 200 GRAMMY Awards, numerous Country Music Awards and include Rock And Roll Hall of Famers, Country Music Hall of Famers and Bluegrass Hall of Famers.

This contest will close Monday, Nov. 11, at 11:59 p.m. PST.

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Comment by S.P. Gass on November 5, 2013 at 5:30am
Entered. Those Bryon Sutton songs sound real nice.
Comment by Judy on November 5, 2013 at 5:50am

Hard to choose a favourite so far, but one that has stood out to me is Chris Thile and Michael Davis "Richmond is a Hard Road To Travel"....I've only heard that tune as Jordan Am A Hard Road To Travel, so interesting to hear this version and wondering which version came first.  I'm a Canadian but US military history was always around our house (and on our walls, as members of our family had served in the US military)  Pride of my dad's family photos was my great-great-(great?)grandfather as a drummer boy in the Union Army and his discharge papers signed by Lincoln.  

Comment by boxorice on November 5, 2013 at 5:51am

Missing-  Andersonville by Dave Alvin, The Wilderness by Kenny Roby, and the obvious song by The Band.

Comment by dnorsen on November 5, 2013 at 6:07am

hard choices - but man chris hillman's 'hard times' is beautiful. mr country rock nailed this one! 

Comment by Steve Snyder on November 5, 2013 at 6:17am

OCMS.........Marching Through Georgia

Comment by photo cowboy on November 5, 2013 at 6:18am

hard to pick a favorite song but the melding by Noam Pikelny and David Grisman of "Old Folks at Home/The Girl I Left Behind Me" so captures the ravages of war we don't often think about without ever uttering a word.   beautiful job 

Comment by charlie stewart on November 5, 2013 at 6:54am

great track from Del mcoury

Comment by big boy on November 5, 2013 at 7:09am

Taj all the way- every time the man opens his mouth you can feel  his pain

Comment by Mike on South Street on November 5, 2013 at 7:44am

What really sells me on this is the label, ATO.  I mean, c'mon, home of DBT, Okkervil River, J. Roddy, Kopecky Family, Midlake, Gogol Bordello....? You know they're putting out quality stuff!

Comment by German Bordagaray on November 5, 2013 at 7:45am
Fave song: Just Before the Battle, Mother farewell, Mother.
Fave artist: Norman Blake. Because he wrote Lonesome Jenny.


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