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.
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
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.
Remembering Stephen Foster
Total Playing Time: 55.10
All songs and tunes are traditional and/or public domain. Performance arrangements are © 2006 Historical Diversions