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Hard Times: Stephen Foster Remembered

by Amy Miller & Carson Hudson, Jr.

Using authentic instruments and performance styles, Amy Miller and Carson Hudson recreate the music of Stephen Foster, playing minstrel tunes, parlor music, and forgotten music of the Civil War.
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1. Hard Times Come Again No More
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2. Soiree Polka
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3. Oh! Susanna
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4. Don't Bet Your Money On De Shanghai
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5. That's What's the Matter
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6. Santa Anna's Retreat From Buena Vista
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7. Camptown Races
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8. Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
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9. Glendy Burk
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10. Evening Star Waltz
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11. Virginia Belle
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12. Better Times Are Coming
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13. Farewell My Lilly Dear
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14. Gentle Annie
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15. Was My Brother in the Battle?
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16. Nothing but a Plain Old Soldier
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17. Old Uncle Ned
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18. Old Folks At Home
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19. Some Folks
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Hard Times
Stephen Foster Remembered

It was appropriate that Stephen Collins Foster was born on July, 4 1826, which coincidentally was the same day that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died, and the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. From this auspicious beginning he went on to become the most celebrated American songwriter of the 19th century. Even today, people remember his most popular works, although most people think that “All the Doo-dah Day” and “Banjo on My Knee” were the sum of his musical output.

This recording is an attempt to recreate just a few of the nearly 200 songs and tunes for which Foster was responsible. Amy Miller and Carson Hudson have also tried to replicate the way that Americans would have actually heard these works in the 1840s, 50s and 60s, hoping that you enjoy their attempt at a musical time machine to mid-19th century America.

The Music

1. Hard Times Will Come Again No More

2. Soiree Polka

3. Oh! Susanna

4. Don’t Bet your Money on the Shanghai

5. That’s What’s the Matter

6. Santa Anna’s Retreat from Buena Vista

7. Camptown Races

8. Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

9. Glendy Burk

10. Evening Star Waltz

11. Virginia Belle

12. Better Times Are Coming

13. Farewell My Lilly Dear

14. Gentle Annie

15. Was My Brother in the Battle?

16. A Plain Old Soldier

17. Uncle Ned

18. The Old Folks at Home

19. Some Folks


The Performers

Amy Miller: piano, pump organ, parlor guitar, one-keyed flute, wooden whistle, tambourine, iron triangle, vocals

Carson O. Hudson, Jr.: minstrel banjo, parlor guitar, harmonica, wooden whistle, tambourine, vocals.

Bill “Bones” Rose: bones, tambourine, sticks, vocals, animal imitations.


Hard Times
Remembering Stephen Foster
Total Playing Time: 55.10

All songs and tunes are traditional and/or public domain. Performance arrangements are © 2006 Historical Diversions


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Ken Giorlando

My New Favorite Period Music CD
It is 1864 and, after a busy work-week running the gristmill, a few of us are relaxing on a Saturday evening. A piano and a pump organ are there, awaiting to be played. One of my friends brings his banjo, another has bones. And still, another brought the most special of instruments, her sweet voice. It helps that she can also play said keyboard instruments as well.
That's where this CD takes me when I listen to it. I came across it on a fluke and ordered it after only listening to a few samples. The kind folks at CD Baby ensured my copy was in my hands inside of three days and, as God is my witness, I have played this almost daily since. As a citizen/civilian Civil War re-enactor, as well as an amateur social historian of the 19th century, I simply cannot get enough of this disc.
This is highly recommended for any lover of authentic sounding parlor music of the middle class.

Patrick Ailliot

very good CD
I'm a CW reeanctor from France and I like Stephen Foster's music and songs, this CD is a very nice addition to my collection . A very good Foster's music/songs album with an authentic smell !