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Hard Road

by 2nd South Carolina String Band

An authentic recreation of a Civil War era camp band, playing lively, well known patriotic, homefront and minstrel songs and melodies on period acoustic instruments.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Tenting on the Old Camp Ground
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4:24 $0.99
2. Battle Cry of Freedom
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3. Cavalier's Waltz
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4. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
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3:27 $0.99
5. Cindy
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6. Oh! Susanna
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7. Invalid Corps
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8. Buffalo Gals
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9. Kingdom Coming
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10. Bonnie Blue Flag
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11. Jine the Cavalry
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12. Ring de Banjo
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13. Rose of Alabama
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14. Camptown Races
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15. Goober Peas
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16. Cumberland Gap
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17. Sweet Betsy from Pike
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18. Lorena
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19. The Vacant Chair
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20. Richmond is a Hard Road
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Album Notes
The 2nd South Carolina String Band recorded their first album; WE'RE TENTING TONIGHT, in 1991. Containing 15 of the most popular songs of the War Between the States, it was well received from the start and continues to be a strong seller. In fact, it was so well received that the band was encouraged to produce a second album, WE ARE A BAND OF BROTHERS, released two years later in 1993. This recording profited from the experience gained since the first - being produced in a better studio with better technology - as well as from two more years of performances together by a band whose reputation was already spreading rapidly. This second album contained another 15 of the most well known songs of the era, thus making the two together a sort of "Top 30" of the Civil War.

Many years later, these two albums continue to attract listeners and fans, new and old. So much so that, pursuant to countless requests to bring them both out on CD, we have done just that! We are proud to offer the our first two albums together at last on one recording. The best of WE'RE TENTING TONIGHT and WE ARE A BAND OF BROTHERS, are here presented with a driving, spirited, and exciting sound worthy of the men whose memory and spirit we strive to honor and evoke.

Robert E. Lee once said, "We couldn't have an army without music."

Throughout history, music has always been of great importance to the military. The American Civil War was no exception. Critical group activities such as drilling and marching were taught to rhythm so as to forge automatic responses by constant repetition - an effective tool for teaching troops maneuvers needed for going into battle. Bugle calls and drum figures were components of music used to instruct new recruits and to guide veteran soldiers in the field.

But perhaps the most important use of music was not on the parade ground or battlefield. Often in war there are long periods between battles spent waiting in camp or bivouac. Boredom was one of the soldier's worst enemies and music in camp was one of his principal antidotes. On campaign, regimental brass bands and field musicians playing fife and drum performed on the march and in bivouac. In winter quarters it was the camp band or minstrel troupe's job to keep up morale. Every brigade had its own minstrel show, with commanders trading or commandeering the best talent for their band.

The 2nd South Carolina String Band is a true recreation of such a camp band. These musicians originally met as did those among the volunteers of 1861 - as riflemen in a company of infantry. This band was formed as theirs was - to entertain themselves and their comrades around the campfire. Since 1989 when they first began to play together, some of the founding members have retired and some new men joined, but the music has continued to improve and flourish.

Regarded by many as the best band of their kind in America, they have played in concert and at period dances at nearly all of the major national reenactments of the last ten years, for fund raisers as at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia, and at the dedication ceremonies for the last two monuments to ever be placed at Gettysburg National Battlefield Park. Their music can also be heard in two of Ken Burns' films, JAZZ and MARK TWAIN, as well as in performance and on the sound track of Ted Turner's GODS &GENERALS.


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Ulrich Rothtauscher

Deo vidice,wonderful music,Greetings from Hagen,Westgermany
Good ol' Southern Music

Victor Bohacheff

Great! Excellent Sound!
pure dixie. Original sounds of banjos and fiddles. Keep on playing the good old sounds of the South ...

Rosalie Burns

These guys make their instruments sing, too.
I love it! This is a wonderful group of musicians. I have three of their CDs and love 'em all.


Superb period music.
Most authentic sounding civil war music I've heard. I'd have bought it just for Rose of Alabama anyway!

bill soileau

hard road
now that is music !!!!!!!!!!!not enough good things to say, would'nt know how to start .

Valerie Protopapas

It could only have been better if we'd won!
This is a wonderful CD. The choice of songs is excellent, revealing the hearts and minds of the men and women who lived during that most glorious and unhappy time and are performed in a bright, tuneful, 'down-home' style that never descends into amateurism. It makes one smile - and cry - and that's what music is all about.

Joan Shropshire

In reading the previous reviews all of them express how I feel about the band. I was privileged to see them outside of Springfield, Mo. and later at the Antietum reenactment. Hard Times is the third CD I have. Being a Southerner, some of the music has brought me to tears. They're great!


Sensational treatment of some great period folk songs
Fantastic treatment these guys give to what are some really great traditional folk songs.

I only wish I could play the banjo as well as they can.

Terry Ronstadt

Absolutely Terrrrrifffficccc
I finally got to hear Songs that I haven't heard in Years. I can remember my father singing Tenting tonight when I was a young girl around the campfire.I had never heard When Johnny comes Marching Home in its entiriety till now. Absolutely Terrrriffficcc!!!


Hard Road
Great recording. Just close your eyes, while listening, and your're back on 'the olde campground'! As I keep humming along most melodies, I wonder, whether 2nd SC could place the lyrics on their homepage?
Concerning shipment, see 'Southern Soldier' by 2nd SC.
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