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Music Monday: Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band

The song “Dixieland” by Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band tells the story of a man who immigrated from Europe to America and then fought for the Union in the Civil War.  This folk sounding tune is accompanied with banjo in the background which goes perfect with a song about “goin’ down to Dixieland.”  The song comes off the 1999 collaboration album The Mountain between Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band.


Some of the other the lyrics include references to the battle of Gettysburg singing


When the smoke cleared out of Gettysburg many a mother wept
For many a good boy died there, sure, and the air smelted just like death


The main character of this song is named Kilrain and he sings about how he was part of the 20th Maine during the Civil War.


Check of the song below: