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Rebel Soldier II

by Jimmy Phillips

Rebel Soldier II is a follow-up to Rebel Soldier and is a collection of Civil War songs and tunes played with period-appropriate instrumentation, as heard in the camps and parlors of the 1860s.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Angeline the Baker / Barlow Knife
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2. The Guerrilla Man
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3. Old 1812 / Jenny Lind
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4. Goin' Across the Mountain
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5. Juice of the Barley
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6. Devilish Mary
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7. The Road to Lisdoonvarna
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8. I Can Whip the Scoundrel
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9. Jefferson & Liberty
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10. Run, Johnny, Run
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11. The Bonnie White Flag
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12. Mississippi Sawyer
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Artist Name is Jimmy Phillips (Ryan)

First of all, thanks to CD Baby for all they do in providing a forum for independent musicians to present their music. And thanks to the sutlers and Civil War reenactors who have supported the preservation of 19th century music and encouraged me to continue.

With “Rebel Soldier II” my goal was to tell, through music, the story of Morgan’s Great Raid of 1863. It begins with a set of dance tunes, then a song about the guerrilla warrior who steals the girl’s heart, followed by a set of tunes from the Old Republic, then one about the young patriot who sadly goes across the mountain to “fight the boys in blue.” Then comes a jig, “Juice of the Barley” (Morgan’s Men were known to drink a bit), a silly “around the campfire” song advising men to marry for “love not riches,” and another jig, “The Road to Lisdoonvarna” that represents Morgan’s Irish heritage.

I was standing on the Indiana shore of the Ohio River a couple of years ago, looking across at Brandenburg, Kentucky, and I recalled reading in Basil Duke’s book, \"History of Morgan’s Cavalry,\" how the Raiders crossed the river, pushed the Home Guards back toward Corydon, and bravely began their Great Raid to “whip the scoundrels.” Not far up the trail the men grew silent, almost somber, after riding through so many lush valleys and hills, with their bountiful farms virtually untouched by war. One of the Raiders turned to General Duke and said, “Sir, I don’t think we can beat these people.” The solemn, yet defiant tune “Jefferson & Liberty” reflects what the men must have felt that day.

I wrote “Run, Johnny, Run” about the fight at Buffington Island where Morgan’s men tried to cross the Ohio River to West Virginia and relative safety. Most of the command was captured there and sent off to languish in prison camps like Camp Morton in Indianapolis or Camp Douglas in Chicago. Morgan was captured shortly after the fight and placed in the Ohio Penitentiary, a prison for common criminals. As the imprisoned soldiers yearned for a return to peace, the once-rebellious “Bonnie Blue” became the “Bonnie White Flag.” At war’s end the soldiers went home. They rebuilt their war-ravaged cities,
their farms, their homes; hence “The Mississippi Sawyer.”

The music tells the story.

Jimmy Phillips

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Joseph Locke

Southern Patriot
I am a huge fan of Mr. Phillips body of work. Mr. Phillips song are truly unique and a pleasure to listen to. Among the songs I off this album that I love listening to is "Run, Johnny Run". I am originally from South Carolina, but I now live in Ohio for my job. However, I never lost my Southern roots and raising. I read how the
song is based on "Morgan's men crossing the Ohio River to West Virginia". The song is awesome with the incorporation of the "rebel yell" and the
cannon blasts, I have not heard another song quite like it..each time I listen, I feel as I am witnessing history. I have this song loaded onto my iPod and I must've listened to it 1000 times. I cannot express enough adjulation to express just how great this song is. The raw emotion, the history, this song literally grabs you in and you feel like you're running with good ole Johnny and praying he crosses the river safely, before the Yanks get him and he is either lost or sent to the Ohio Pen. The music from the album captures the essense of the war and with each song, you are part of the ups and downs of the brave individuals who fought for states rights and Southern pride. Mr. Phillips, Thank You for keeping this part of Americana alive and thriving! God Bless!
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