Hard Times: Stephen Foster Remembered
- Artist: Amy Miller
- Format: CD
- Release Date:1/25/2007
Hard Times Stephen Foster Remembered It was appropriate that Stephen Collins Foster was born on July, 4 1826, which coincidentally was the same day that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died, and the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. From this auspicious beginning he went on to become the most celebrated American songwriter of the 19th century. Even today, people remember his most popular works, although most people think that "All the Doo-dah Day" and "Banjo on My Knee" were the sum of his musical output. This recording is an attempt to recreate just a few of the nearly 200 songs and tunes for which Foster was responsible. Amy Miller and Carson Hudson have also tried to replicate the way that Americans would have actually heard these works in the 1840s, 50s and 60s, hoping that you enjoy their attempt at a musical time machine to mid-19th century America. The Music 1. Hard Times Will Come Again No More 2. Soiree Polka 3. Oh! Susanna 4. Don't Bet your Money on the Shanghai 5. That's What's the Matter 6. Santa Anna's Retreat from Buena Vista 7. Camptown Races 8. Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair 9. Glendy Burk 10. Evening Star Waltz 11. Virginia Belle 12. Better Times Are Coming 13. Farewell My Lilly Dear 14. Gentle Annie 15. Was My Brother in the Battle? 16. A Plain Old Soldier 17. Uncle Ned 18. The Old Folks at Home 19. Some Folks The Performers Amy Miller: piano, pump organ, parlor guitar, one-keyed flute, wooden whistle, tambourine, iron triangle, vocals Carson O. Hudson, Jr.: minstrel banjo, parlor guitar, harmonica, wooden whistle, tambourine, vocals. Bill "Bones" Rose: bones, tambourine, sticks, vocals, animal imitations. Hard Times Remembering Stephen Foster Total Playing Time: 55.10 All songs and tunes are traditional and/or public domain. Performance arrangements are © 2006 Historical Diversions.