Chris Vallillo | Abraham Lincoln in Song

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Abraham Lincoln in Song

by Chris Vallillo

Modern traditional; a striking musical portrait of Lincoln’s time using contemporary and period folk songs featuring the rich acoustic textures of bottleneck slide, finger style and flatpicked guitars, mandolin and fiddle.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Battle Cry of Freedom
2:15 $0.99
2. Shawneetown
3:31 $0.99
3. El-A-Noy
3:21 $0.99
4. Lorena
4:49 $0.99
5. Lincoln's Funeral Train
4:12 $0.99
6. We Are Coming Father Abra'am
3:00 $0.99
7. Hard Times Come Again No More
5:46 $0.99
8. Dixie's Land (Dixie)
2:29 $0.99
9. Aura Lee
3:31 $0.99
10. Hoosen Johnny
2:11 $0.99
11. Darling Nelly Gray
3:25 $0.99
12. Lincoln and Liberty
2:15 $0.99
13. Let the Band Play Dixie
4:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
Award-winning folksinger Chris Vallillo uses historic narratives, contemporary folk music, and period folk songs Lincoln may well have known and sung to bring Illinois' favorite son and his times to life in this roots based recording featuring the rich acoustic textures of bottleneck slide, finger style and flatpicked guitars, mandolin and fiddle that echo the influences of Mississippi John Hurt, Norman Blake, Doc Watson and John Fahey.

"Some singers play just enough of an instrument to accompany themselves, some great guitar players 'get by' as singers, and a few singer/musicians try their best to tell a good story. Chris Vallillo is the complete package...a haunting voice, a master at his instruments, and a stage presence that holds anyone of any age spellbound. Chris pulls off the nearly impossible task of making poetry of our heritage while maintaining the integrity of the original material. And in Chris's case, that material is the very stuff of which we are made...our history. I am so proud to be from a state that could produce such a consummate performer as Chris Vallillo."

--Ken Bradbury, author, composer, syndicated columnist

"With Abraham Lincoln in Song, Chris Vallillo takes the audience on a musical journey, making history come alive with his excellent blending of music and storytelling. He grabbed hold of the museum visitors here, establishing excellent rapport with the audience with this thoughtful, humorous and moving show."

Phil Funkenbusch
Director of Theaters, Shows Division
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
and Museum Springfield, Illinois



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Kurt Lorence

Very nice collection
Bought this for my daughter, who has the same birthday as Abe, to add to her collection of "night time music". She loves it. I think it's a great record - refreshing in its authenticity, engaging in its subject matter. The performances are top shelf as well; kudos to Chris Vallillo (and his band) for both technique and musicality.

Eugene Watkins

I Love the songs.and we should remember Lincoln for what he had done for this great country.

Linda P

Abraham Lincoln in Song
I am a teacher who put together a school program for Lincoln's 200th birthday! I absolutely love this CD and used it as background for our presentation! My favorite song from the CD is EL-A-NOY. Chris, please come out to play in the Pacific Northwest! We are waiting for you!

charles slater

HI i am doing a civil war presentation and i will .use it to set the stage i will be doing the battle of chickamauga on the 20th of sept.

Brenda Alward

Lincoln in Song
I really enjoyed listening to this CD. Chris is a very talented artist and has a sensitivity to the 19th century music he performs. I am anxious to see him perform this music live.

mark s

loved the cd, gives a great perspective of the 19th century midwest

Marsha Markas

Abraham Lincoln in Song
This CD will always serve as a wonderful reminder of Mr. Lincoln's 200th birthday. I especially found Lincoln's Funeral Train tugging at my heart.

James Kennedy

A fine historical rendition of Civil War period music.

David Putnam

I love it, it is one of the best CD's I have ever heard. I love old American music and this delivers with its promise.

J. Madsen

Abraham Lincoln in Song
Excellent. Really enjoy the music.
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