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Friday Night Concert: Richmond is a Hard Road to Travel

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on December 13, 2013

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Another track from the new album, Divided and United , by bluegrass artists Chris Thile and Michael Daves. I love this song, and this is a great cover of it. It has a lot more verses than this, but you get the idea.

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  1. Jeffrey Fiddler said, on December 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks Andy.  Looked up the original song sheet and it is really great. Looks like we have suppression of some of the most glorious Union songs.  Maybe we should have sung that in grade school in New Jersey along with the Battle Hymn and When Johnnie Comes Marching Home…

    • Andy Hall said, on December 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Yeah, but it’s definitely mocking the Union.

      • H. E. Parmer said, on December 17, 2013 at 9:36 pm

        The Union’s commanders, anyway.

        Grade school is probably a bit early for this song, especially the verses about Burnside and the Battle of Fredericksburg. But if you were taking a course on the subject, besides being a right catchy tune, this could be a handy way to help keep your campaigns and commanders straight. At least, up through the end of 1862.

        I also think it’s mighty cool that it names the ironclads at the Battle of Drewry’s Bluff.

  2. Valerie said, on December 13, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    WOW! That’s some fine pickin’. Thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks, Andy.

  3. SF Walker said, on December 22, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Thanks, Andy—I’ll have to get a copy of this album to add to my Civil War music library; these guys are good! I’ve always liked “Richmond Is A Hard Road to Travel”, too. Given the way the war in the East was going at the time, it’s not surprising that the Union soldier wasn’t above poking fun at his commanders.


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