Janice Kephart | Cherokee Voices: A Spoken Soundtrack by the Trail of Tears Women

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Cherokee Voices: A Spoken Soundtrack by the Trail of Tears Women

by Janice Kephart

Janice Kephart is an evocative, sexy spoken word vocalist and intelligent, visual poetic storyteller referred to as Madonna-like delivery and Jim Morrison quality lyrics.
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1. Introduction to Back of Beyond
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2. Back of Beyond
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3. Introduction to Tuckaseegee River Hymn
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4. Tuckasegee River Hymn
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5. Introduction to Spirit of a Woman
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6. Spirit of a Woman
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7. Introduction to Prayer of the Cherokee Maiden Warrior
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8. Prayer of the Cherokee Maiden Warrior
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9. Introduction to as Our Children Cry
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10. As Our Children Cry
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11. Introduction to Devil's Call
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12. Devil's Call
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13. Introduction to Cold-Hearted Sun
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15. Introduction to Illusion
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18. Tuckasegee River Hymn (Instrumental)
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19. Spirit of a Woman (Instrumental)
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20. Prayer of the Cherokee Maiden Warrior (Instrumental)
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Album Notes
"Cherokee Voices: A Spoken Soundtrack by the Trail of Tears Women" is a seamless audio-visual experience, and a seamless integration of beautiful spoken vocal with deep instrumentals. I felt like I was transported to the Smokies during the Trail of Tears. I hear a Grammy nomination in spoken word.
~ Art Jackson, Smooth Jazz Magazine editor

I love this album. The vocals are incredible, the sound as big as a house. The story is so original, organic, beautiful and well-executed. Janice Kephart, Alexandro Querevalú and Buddy Speir make it seem as though they have been building towards this production for years.
~ Master of Kamasutra and Cherokee Voices, and winner of 36 awards including over 20 Grammys, CMA, Oscars, Golden Globe, AMA, TEC and others

Executive Producer Janice Kephart Concept, Words and Spoken Vocals (all tracks) and Album Art / Producer Buddy
Speir Music Score, all Guitars, Synth, Organ, Piano (all tracks) / Alexandro Quervalú All Native American Flutes,
Animal Sounds, Male Background Vocals and Shell Rattles (tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 8) / Andy Hamburger Percussion and
Drums (all tracks) / Sean Russell Engineering and Mix (all tracks) / Recorded at Cue Studios' Red Room, Falls Church,
Virginia / Mastering by Gavin Lurssen / Thistle Art by Julia (Jay) Roberts

"Cherokee Voices: A Spoken Soundtrack by the Trail of Tears Women" is a chronological collection of lyrical poems inspired
by the beautiful, strong, honorable and resilient women of the matriarchal Cherokee Nation located in the Okono
Lufty territory of the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina during the Trial of Tears in the late 1830s, which
removed near all Cherokees from their home of 40,000 years to Oklahoma. The album is based on extensive research,
including the History of the Cherokees of the Great Smoky Mountains authored by Janice Kephart's great-grandfather,
Horace Kephart. In the early 1900s, Kephart befriended the descendents of Cherokees who refused removal.

To my great grandfather Horace "Kep" Kephart, whose iconic work on Cherokee and Southern Highlanders and work to establish the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, is both inspirational and aspirational. To my father, Horace "Kep" Kephart, who supplied me with all the love and artifacts to begin this journey. To my mother, Lore D'Imperio Kephart, who gave me the love to respect who I am, and follow history and art where it may lead. To Julia, Daniel and Claire, who are my world. To Buddy, Alexandro, Gavin and the music team who believed in the words, and helped turn my dream to reality. To Mike Posner and Trevor Sewell, who gave me the initial idea.


"From the autumn of 1904 to the winter of 1906, I lived, most of the time, alone in a little cabin on the Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains, surround by one of the finest primeval forestsin the world. My few neighbors were born backwoodsmen. Most of them dwelt in log cabins of one or two rooms. Many had no stoves. Coonskins and ginsing passed as currency at little stores. ...
We had for our neighbors the Eastern Band of Cherokees on the Okono Lufty. These Cherokees have by no means forgotten their arts. You may find them, even now, slipping like shadows through the forest, killing small game with cane blowguns, much longer than themselves, and small arrows with thistledown in place of feathers. To one coming from cities, it was a strange
environment, almost as though I had been carried back on the wings of time, asleep, and awakened in the 1700s."
~ Horace Kephart papers (1919),
Western Carolina University Digital Archives


These writings and music album about the Trail of Tears (1838-1841) are based on the work and viewpoint of Horace Kephart (1862-1931), Janice's great-grandfather, considered by many the patriarch of the Great Smoky National Park, established in 1934. Kephart ("Kep") resided in the Smokies, producing 27 volumes on the mountain people (who called the vast region "Back of Beyond"), flora and fauna of the region. He authored iconic worksincluding Camping and Woodcraft (1906) (which became the Boy Scout Manual), Our Southern Highlanders (1922), and The Cherokees of the Smoky Mountains (1936).

Keep graduated from Cornell University at age 17. By 19, Kep was Yale University's librarian, and soon married. Kep then moved his wife and growing family to St. Louis, closer to where he was born and raised, to be the librarian of the Mercantile Library, the largest library west of the Mississippi River at that time.

By age 30, despite a wife he loved and six children (including Janice's grandfather George Kephart), he became desolate and bored, and increasingly disappeared into the wilderness for days at a time seeking solace. He suffered a mental breakdown that same year. With support of his parents and the love of his life, Laura Mack, who moved back to Ithaca, New York with their children, Kep took up a solitary residence in an empty cabin deep in the Smokies in 1902. He later took up permanent residence in Bryson City, North Carolina. He befriended the Scottish highlanders, many of whom were moonshiners, local politicians and law enforcement, and the Cherokees, taking copious notes and cataloguing all.

Seeing destruction of the Smokies by loggers, he began exploring the Smokies with Japanese immigrant George Masa, a photographer who helped Kep tell the story of the remote and treacherous Smokies, and eventually was able to solicit the support of Sen. John D. Rockefeller to raise the capital to buy the Smokies lands back from Congress and lobby Congress
for its national park status. In 1928, Kephart had a 6,000+ foot peak named after him, just northwest of the Okono Lufty Territory and Tuckaseegee River, the location of the story presented in Cherokee Voices.

Today, Kep's papers are archived at Western Carolina University. Ken Burns devoted about a half an hour to Kephart in his documentary series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea.

February 16, 2011, 5:05 P.M. EST

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, welcome to the White House, everybody. It is great to have you here. What better place to hold our Great Outdoors event than right here, inside the East Room. …

At the height of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln agreed to set aside more than 60 square miles of land in the Yosemite Valley -– land he had never seen -– on the condition that it be preserved for public use. Teddy Roosevelt, of course, our greatest conservation President, wrote that "there is nothing more practical in the end than the preservation of beauty." Even FDR, in the midst of the Great Depression, enabled the National Park Service to protect America's most iconic landmarks –- from Mount Rushmore to the Statue of Liberty. So conservation became not only important to America, but it became one of our greatest exports, as America's beauty shone as a beacon to the world. And other countries started adopting conservation measures because of the example that we had set.

Protecting this legacy has been the responsibility of all who serve this country. But behind that action, the action that's been taken here in Washington, there's also the story of ordinary Americans who devoted their lives to protecting the land that they loved.

That's what HORACE KEPHART and George Masa did. This is a wonderful story. Two men, they met in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina – each had moved there to start a new life. Horrified that their beloved wilderness was being clear-cut at a rate of 60 acres a day, Horace and George worked with other members of the community to get the land set aside. The only catch was that they had to raise $10 million to foot the bill.

But far from being discouraged, they helped rally one of the poorest areas in the country to the cause. A local high school donated the proceeds from a junior class play. Preachers held "Smokey Mountain Sunday" services and encouraged their congregations to donate. Local businesses chipped in. And students from every grade in the city of Asheville – which was still segregated at the time – made a contribution.

So stories like these remind us what citizenship is all about. And by the way, last year Michelle and I, we were able to walk some of the trails near Asheville and benefit from the foresight of people that had come before us. Our daughters, our sons were able to enjoy what not only Teddy Roosevelt did but what ordinary folks did all across the country. It embodies that uniquely American idea that each of us has an equal share in the land around us, and an equal responsibility to protect it.

And it's not just the iconic mountains and parks that we protect. It's the forests where generations of families have hiked and picnicked and connected with nature. It's the park down the street where kids play after school. It's the farmland that's been in the family longer than anybody can remember. It's the rivers where we fish, it's the forests where we hunt.



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