The Fields of Gettysburg

On Sunday evening, June 30, I will be singing on NPR's Mountain Stage as a part of John A. Walsh's Americana song cycle The Fields of Gettysburg. Other musicians on the bill include Jason IsbellStephen KelloggAmanda Shires, and Lora Faye. You can get tickets here. (Update 6/28/2013 4:34PM - Show is sold out!)

All of the songs on the album represent people involved in the Battle of Gettysburg, which happened July 1-3, 1863, almost exactly 150 years ago to the day of our Mountain Stage performance. My Civil-War-History-buff dad would probably be a little sad to hear me say I didn't know much about the battle, but this album was a great introduction. My character, Mary Wade, was the mother of the only civilian casualty of the battle, Jenny Wade. While Jenny was making bread for Union soldiers, a bullet came through the door of her home and killed her instantly. The next day, her mother Mary finished baking the bread and delivered it to the soldiers. My song, "Bread Alone," is sung in the moment she gives the bread to the soldiers in honor of her fallen daughter.

I'm not typically known as an Americana style singer, so I was a little surprised when John and co-producer Todd Burge asked me to be on this album, but I'm sure glad they did. At my recording session, John asked for a Bonnie Raitt flavor on the track, not knowing she's a huge influence of mine. I was more than happy to oblige. After I was asked on board, the project continued to grow, pulling in the talents of GRAMMY winner Tim O'Brien, Mountain Stage Host Larry Groce, Mountain Stage Band members Michael Lipton & Ammed Solomon, Ted Harrison of the Carpenter Ants, WV-gone-Nashville boy Colton Pack, and local musicians including Justin Arthur, DJ Archer, Bill White, Cynthia Puls, and Julie Zickefoose. Thanks to John and Todd for making it all happen. What a great project.

Check out the album below: