2nd South Carolina String Band | In High Cotton

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In High Cotton

by 2nd South Carolina String Band

An authentic recreation of a Civil War era camp band, playing lively and well known patriotic, homefront and minstrel songs and melodies on period acoustic instruments.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Lynchburg Town/Briggs' Jig
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2. Old Folks At Home (Swanee River)
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3. O Lemuel
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4. 'Twill Never Do to Give It Up So
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5. Granny Will Your Dog Bite/Guilderoy
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6. Liza Jane/Mississippi Sawyer/Road to Boston
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7. I'm Gwine Ober de Mountain
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8. De Blue Tail Fly
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9. Angelina Baker/Angeline the Baker
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10. Cripple Creek/Old Joe Clarke/The Girl I Left Behind Me
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11. Jordan Is a Hard Road to Travel
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12. Old Rosin the Beau
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13. Glendy Burke
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14. The White Cockade/Devil's Dream
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15. Down In Alabama
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16. The Bonnie Blue Flag
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
IN HIGH COTTON

Five years after the release of their critically acclaimed SOUTHERN SOLDIER album, comes their newest, long awaited sequel; IN HIGH COTTON! Picking up where they left off, the boys are back in fine form and high style with their best work ever.

Here are more minstrel tunes, plantation melodies and military airs that were beloved and familiar companions to the hundreds of thousands of young men, from north and south. These songs were as much a part of them as knapsack, bedroll or bible when they left civil life behind to take up arms to fight and die for the causes they believed in during America's great Civil War.

IN HIGH COTTON will bring the listener back more than 150 years to hear music that was essentially laying the foundations of American popular music in the years leading up to the War Between the States. You'll hear timeless melodies created by American musical icons Stephen Foster and Daniel Emmett, such as The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) and The Blue Tail Fly. Songs about life on the nation's earliest highways of commerce - America's mighty rivers. You'll hear songs of heartbreak and songs of joy and delight. The listener will hear minstrel melodies that were adapted by the soldiers to reflect the experiences of war and by making fun of those hardships in song, make them easier to bear.

The 2nd South Carolina String Band is recognized far and wide for their ability to breathe new life into music muted only by the passage of time and fashion - great music from our nation's turbulent past - making it exciting and enjoyable to the 21st century listener. IN HIGH COTTON is bursting with the same exuberant spirit that this band has always been famous for.


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joel bones wilcox

absolutely fantastic! enough said...
absolutely fantastic! enough said...

Kenneth A. Barlow

In High Cotton indeed
great album, like listening in on a regimental string band in the middle of a hot august day in 1863, robust, rough and ready, I wouldn't have it any other way

Redding Hudson

The quality of the recording I excellent--a must have!
I was amazed at the quality of the recording as I wondered how it would sound with the period instruments. It was great and the songs were so well done that I intend to purchase more by the 2nd South Carolina String Band! I play it everyday on the way to work and find myself humming the songs all day long.

Miles Reilly

Excellent, Stirring, thoroughly entertaining, good listening
They don't write songs or music like this any more. Listening to this CD is the nearest thing to stepping back into another time and place when people knew how to enjoy themselves and have good clean fun and appreciate the finer things in life.

Miles Reilly

Excellent, Stirring, thoroughly entertaining, good listening
They don't write songs or music like this any more. Listening to this CD is the nearest thing to stepping back into another time and place when people knew how to enjoy themselves and have good clean fun and appreciate the finer things in life.

C.Goodyear/Hapgood

Newfoundlander/Republican/Music makes me rebelious!
Relatives served on both sides. Play the Tin Whistle, Mouth Organ and Accordion. Southern music makes ya wanna swish yer kilt, brandish yer Clay More and cry Freedom!

John Fuller


Great CD!!! Enjoyed the choice of instruments and arrangements. A time machine to another era-

Betty Westmoreland

In High Cotton in the Land of Cotton
A big thanks to my sister for sending "In High Cotton" by the 2nd South Carolina String Band. I have already let Buddy Ingram and his Gallinippers talk me out of it! That's quite a feat! Am purchasing a new one, along with more! What a great sound! Buy the music of this band! Pick away!

Johnney

Very good CD

Randy Ingersoll, Gardiner, Montana

Fascinating Musical Heritage
This cd from 2002 is 2nd South Carolina String Band's most recent. I have listened to "Old Folks at Home" on repeat at least 50 times now, and am listening to it as I write this review. I've yet to tire of it. Clearly this is what's known as "timeless appeal." Somehow these songs still stir us today, despite our constantly changing tastes.

2nd South Carolina String Band lives and breathes the times of the Civil War and the music that accompanied it. Their enthusiasm is inspiring, and their interpretations are authentic and catchy. These songs give us a peek into a part of our history that is too rarely examined. The liner notes are especially helpful in providing background to melodies you may be familiar with, but whose origins are not so well known.

Favorites of mine, besides "Old Folks at Home," are "De Blue Tail Fly" (a truly haunting tune) and "Down in Alabama" (a real sing-along toe-tapper!).

I hope more cd's are to come!!
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