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Get on Board: Underground Railroad and Civil War Songs, Vol. 2


  • 1. Done Wit' Driver's Dribbin'
    2. Get on Board
    3. Oh Mary Don't You Weep
    4. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
    5. Run Mary Run
    6. Children Go Where I Send Thee
    7. Old Tar River
    8. Ballad of the Underground Railroad
    9. Trampin' / I Got Shoes
    10. Rise Up Shepherd And Follow / Go Tell It On The Mountain
    11. One Little Step Towards Freedom
    12. Down by the Riverside
    13. Row de Boat
    14. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0982

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    You might think that in this time of equal rights, songs like these aren't needed. But although this music, which commemorates the struggle for civil rights and the underground railroad that helped slaves escape to freedom, might not be timely, a lot of it is important to the history of America, as the second volume in this series shows. Kim & Reggie Harris, along with a number of guests, tackle music that's both familiar ("Oh Mary, Don't You Weep," "Down by the Riverside") and unusual ("Done wit' Driver's Dribbin'," "Old Tar River"). For the most part the arrangements are straightforward, but "Ballad of the Underground Railroad" offers some lovely banjo playing, while "Row de Boat" brings in a couple of young rappers to offer a contemporary touch that's really just an extension of history. Unsurprisingly, the overall sound is gospel, but stripped down and performed with real passion and often jubilation, since this is, after all, the music of freedom. You could consider this an important document of times and places, but it's more than that -- it's also a real celebration of African-American culture. ~ Chris Nickson

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.71) - "[The] Harrises present musicologists' views on a historic and still relevant period of American history."
    No Depression (p.124) - "Some tracks are a cappella, some feature guitars or banjos or, from further back, djembes....The exuberance and festivity are impossible to resist."
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