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NASHVILLE — Civil War Songs and Stories is scheduled to air May 18 and 27 on Nashville’s PBS station, WNPT.

The documentary will highlight the emotional impact music had on soldiers during the Civil War.

Actor David Keith, a native Tennessean, will narrate the documentary which portrays the important role of music during the war.

From pride and patriotism to death and deceit, Keith shares how music was as much a part of Army life as a musket.

“Armies on both sides were also accompanied by professional regimental brass bands mustered to preserve morale. The music inspired soldiers and consoled them. It brought memories from home and gave hope to what would soon seem to be hopeless circumstances,” Keith said .

Some of the musical line-up includes Crystal Gayle, The Fisk Jubilee Singers and Irish Folk Singer Maura. William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys and Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers will sing Dixie and Battle Hymn of the Republic. They will be joined by bass singer, Tim Duncan, Chris Golden (William Lee’s son) and Jimmy Fulbright.

“Fundamental to understanding the Civil War era are its many musical legacies, whether the plaintive singing of slaves on the Memphis wharfs, the brass bands of the soldiers, the rousing tunes sung in family parlors or the uplifting voices of promise,” said Dr. Carroll Van West, director of MTSU Center for Historic Preservation and Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and co-chair of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. “Civil War Songs and Stories captures those sounds and memories from the Civil War era.”

For more information on the documentary, please visit wnpt.org.

For more information on Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial events, please visit tncivilwar150.com.

Tagged under  Civil War, Heritage, History, MTSU

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