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Songs of the Civil War Era

by ShoreGrass

Unusual collection of ballads, soldier songs, hymns, popular songs of the day plus a few written later about the war, representing both the Union and the Confederacy, done with bluegrass instrumentation and harmonies and recorded live by an unusual band.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Soldier's Joy
2:18 $0.99
2. Hard Times
4:23 $0.99
3. Battle Cry of Freedom
1:59 $0.99
4. Dixie
3:40 $0.99
5. Two Little Boys
2:44 $0.99
6. Lorena
4:33 $0.99
7. Battle Hymn of the Republic
2:51 $0.99
8. He Leadeth Me
2:10 $0.99
9. Shall We Gather at the River
2:25 $0.99
10. The Yellow Rose of Texas
2:07 $0.99
11. Oh, Susanna
1:41 $0.99
12. Goober Peas
1:44 $0.99
13. Vacant Chair
5:06 $0.99
14. When the Roses Bloom Again
4:19 $0.99
15. Follow the Drinking Gourd
3:00 $0.99
16. Boston Boy
2:38 $0.99
17. Faded Coat of Blue
4:34 $0.99
18. Have Someone Play Dixie For Me
4:07 $0.99
19. I'm A Good Old Rebel
1:44 $0.99
20. Home Sweet Home
0:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
ShoreGrass is a bluegrass band from the Connecticut shoreline which has performed as a quintet since December, 1999. Their music is a lively mix of traditional bluegrass, old-time, early country, gospel and folk songs as well as original pieces reflecting their roots in contemporary music with a local flavor. All five members of ShoreGrass sing, giving the group that unique bluegrass blend of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and bass while alternating leads on 3 and 4-part vocal harmonies. Their musicianship gives the audience an ensemble experience that demonstrates the range and uniqueness of each instrument as well as an unusually rich vocal blend, all delivered with the special sense of humor that marks all ShoreGrass performances.

Band members on this recording include:

Frank Shaw (banjo, dulcimer on 8, guitar on 16, vocals)
Barbara Shaw (guitar, vocals)
Paul Pozzi (mandolin, vocals)
Larry Rothermel (fiddle)
Louis Audette (bass, vocals on 12)

On March 21, 2003, they presented a concert of "Songs of the Civil War Era" at the Blackstone Library auditorium in Branford, CT, which was recorded live by Brent Hall of the Sounding Board. This recording was recently re-discovered at the urging of friends and fans, and they decided to make it available as a live album.

They cover songs popular during the War Between the States as well as a few songs written about the war in later years. This recording includes familiar soldier songs from the period along with sentimental ballads, hymns and popular songs of the past and present, representing both the Union and the Confederacy. ShoreGrass presents live bluegrass-style interpretations of a collection of great old songs from an important period in American history.

The recording is live but all the thunderous applause and clever commentary have been left out! (Whew...)

Music has always been a chronicler as well as a blessed escape from the horrors of war. It was, during the Civil War, and it continues to be today. Thank you for providing them with this opportunity to make music.

Prior to this recording, ShoreGrass released their first CD "In Connecticut" in late 2001. It was recorded at American Melody Studio in Guilford, CT, engineered and mixed by nationally renowned musician Phil Rosenthal. The songs reflect their strong roots in traditional acoustic music as well as their affection for New England, especially the debut of the instrumental "Connecticut Waltz," and "I Can't Go Home," which comments on changes in hometown Branford, CT. This CD was selected for review by the Philadelphia Folksong Society, which said:

"...they sound terrific. Their enthusiasm is infectious, their blend is sweet, their repertoire is varied easy listening. I gave this CD the old dishwashing test and it lasted all the way through the dinnerware, even surviving the wok, which gets done last."

A testimonial about the "Connecticut Waltz" from the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce:

"Connecticut Waltz" is a beautiful song that eases the mind of everything and brings thoughts of times past. The song is easy listening and uplifting at the same time with a refreshing melody. It seems this waltz would be a great representation for Connecticut and we thank you for taking the time and effort to put it together. This is a time when people understand how important it is to have "roots" and you are offering a song that can symbolize people's love for Connecticut!

*** ShoreGrass "In Connecticut" is also available on ***

Future projects include a new album of original material. See for the latest band information.

*** This just in (see review below)!

2006 Bluegrass Guide Review
An album review published by Mountain High Bluegrass Associates of Bellows Falls, Vermont in their 2006 Bluegrass Festival Guide:



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I enjoyed this some much! Finally a version with all the words and not just the intrumental

CW buff

Not bad.
Some of the playing is a bit rough but the arrangements are nice and it's good to have versions with all of the words.

Margaret S

Songs of the Civil War
I spent forever trying to find Two Little Boys on the Net. Finally I found the song I heard on XM radio. YOur service was prompt and reasonable. I would buy from your services again. Thanks!

Mountain High Bluegrass Associates (VT)

Enjoyed very much
This album has an excellent selection of songs, containing 20 songs altogether including Soldiers Joy, Lorena, Boston Boy and Have Someone Play Dixie For Me. The band has done a lot of research on the backgrounds of each song as evidence by the write ups inside the jacket. Such as the story of the Vacant Chair originally a poem written by Henry Washburn about Lt. John Williams Grout of the 15th MA Volunteer Infantry who died at the battle of the Balls Bluff, VA in October 1861. I found the write-ups to be interesting as well as informative and they helped to make the CD that much more enjoyable. This is a good representation of songs of that era, many of which you’ll recognize and some you may not. Almost all were written over a 100 years ago and one (Soldiers Joy) over 200 years ago. These are powerful songs that have stood the test of time and the band handles them with the respect they deserve.

Frank Shaws banjo playing is tasteful and solid with a soft touch on the backup, not overpowering. He’s able to adapt his style to fit each song going from a clawhammer style to three finger, handling each with confidence. Frank also does a large part of the singing doing so with feeling on songs like Lorena and Boston Boy. Barbara Shaw plays solid rhythm guitar and sings lead also. On Faded Coat of Gray she draws you in with her soulful voice. The Shaws do a duet on Vacant Chair and it’s beautiful. Paul Pozzi plays the mandolin taking some nice lead breaks as well as providing some sweet backup. He sings lead on Hard Times and his heartfelt delivery is the way a song like that is supposed to be sung. Larry Rothermet plays the fiddle taking some very tasteful and energetic breaks as well as providing some very appropriate backup. Louis Audette plays the bass keeping everything rock solid and takes the lead on Goober Peas doing a lively and fun version of this old camp song.

Its obvious the band worked hard to give the folks that night a good show and they did and through this cd we’re able to be there too! The singing and playing is heartfelt and honest and though a little raw at times overall this is a good solid project and one I enjoyed very much.

Arthur Burghardt

Fine genuine rendition of American music (with African American) undertones (Ngu
I will contact these good folks and musicians for work on the soundtrack of my series about the American 19th century! Count on it!