Jed Marum and Michael Martin Murphey on the Road to Valhalla
Diary of Orrin Brown, East of Sandersville, Georgia:
We were on the road again this morning at 7 Oclock, we haven’t seen any Rebs today. It has been very warm today, our Company went on Picket tonight the first time for me.
Jed Marum brings the past alive, combining a deep and abiding love for folk/bluegrass and celtic music with a keen interest in history and a talent for storytelling and entertainment. I first came to know him on KRFC-FM community radio, where his collection Fighting Tigers of Ireland cross-pollinated across genres. Equal parts Irish and American, Union and Confederate, the acoustic album highlight’s Jed’s unique talents.
More recently, Marum produced the soundtrack for an independent documentary, The Road to Valhalla, featuring Buck Taylor and Michael Martin Murphey. This is not a story on Sherman’s March, but of the brutal Kansas-Missouri border war further west. Murphey delivers a light-hearted edition of the classic “Lorena”, and Marum’s “Even As I Ramble” captures many of the complex emotions of war and its aftermath. The film is slated to air on PBS soon.
For what it’s worth, Mr. Murphey is my Youtube sensation, drawing over 45,000 hits on my poor video of his performance of Cowboy Logic, Bozeman Edition, at Luverne, Minnesota. He’s on the road now with his Christmas show. My friends back in Minnesota should catch him in Worthington in April. Quite a guy.
I’ve been following my ancestor’s journey 150 years after Gen. William T. Sherman’s March to the Sea. Pvt. Orrin Brown, served in the 14th Michigan Regiment Infantry, under Maj. Thomas C. Fitzgibbon and the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Maj Gen J.C. Davis’ XIV Corps on the left wing of the march. For more on his journey, please visit JCShepard.com.