IN HIGH COTTON will bring the listener back more than 150 years to hear music that was essentially laying the foundations of American popular music in the years leading up to the War Between the States. You’ll hear timeless melodies created by American musical icons Stephen Foster and Daniel Emmett, such as The Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) and The Blue Tail Fly. Songs about life on the nation’s earliest highways of commerce – America’s mighty rivers. You’ll hear songs of heartbreak and songs of joy and delight. The listener will hear minstrel melodies that were adapted by the soldiers to reflect the experiences of war and by making fun of those hardships in song, make them easier to bear.

Song list:

Lynchburg Town/Briggs’ Jig • Old Folks at Home (Swanee River) • Granny Will Your Dog Bite/Guilderoy • O Lemuel • ‘Twill Neber Do to Gib It Up So (De Ol’ Jim Ribber) • Liza Jane/Mississippi Sawyer/Road to Boston • I’m Gwine Ober de Mountain • De Blue Tail Fly • Angelina Baker/Angeline the Baker • Virginia Reel Medley • Jordan Is a Hard Road • Old Rosin the Beau • Glendy Burke • The White Cockade/Devil’s Dream • Down in Alabama • Bonnie Blue Flag