“Granddaughters” is a celebration in song of two sisters and their half-sister, who grew up in the coalfields of East Tennessee. The lyrics tell stories of a time gone by, lifted by beautiful melodies created by gifted players that are at ease with every nuance that can be coaxed from wood and string. Allow yourself to be swept up in this beautifully unique mosaic of Americana.
Imagine almost a hundred years ago and you'll be there.
Maggie Longmire and Free Soil Farm take you around curvy
mountain roads, into the mines, up the hollers, along the creek
banks, and down the tracks.
If you ever lived close to the tracks you will fall in love with “L &N Lullabye”,
“Hear that rock-a-bye son. Hear the locomotive go,
Rock-a-bye those coal cars all the way to Jellico.
“Coal Creek Blues” laments the plight of a miner trapped in the coalfields as he deals with the loss of his wife and children who have left him behind.
“Too tired for sleepin’, I’ll lay here and think of you,
Take the blame for your leavin’- Just like I always do.”
A “Campbell County Girl” leaves the coalfields for the first time for the big city to become a nurse, with the love and support of her Grandmother.
“I‘m a Campbell County girl -just a Campbell County girl.
Grandma saw me thru this far- so I could see the world.”
The “Ballad of Dory Ann” depicts the Appalachian version of a “Steel Magnolia”
“Mining coal was in her blood, love and money on her mind.
Savvy and good looking, Dory loved to be wined and dined.
She could put you in a trance, she could put you in a bind.”
It is about their lives and their times. Experience "Granddaughters", An Americana Opera.