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"Simply put, this is historical narrative at its finest. 'Fields of Gettysburg' is an intimate and engaging musical journey through a battle that came to define the outcome and the legacy of the Civil War. Culling together an impressive collection of West Virginia's finest players, performers, and producers, songwriter John Walsh has given his audience a poignant and personal narrative of the lives that were touched by those three bloody days in 1863. Engaging lyricism, broad soundscapes, and impeccable performances carry the listener through the haunting and harrowing tales of the Fields of Gettysburg."
- Josh Antonuccio, Record Producer/Engineer, 3 Elliott Studio
The Fields of Gettysburg
is a gorgeous Americana song cycle by singer/songwriter
John A. Walsh
“The FOG” commemorates the Sesquicentennial of
The Battle of Gettysburg, with a story of five Americans whose lives intertwine in a tragic tale of intense duty and personal sacrifice, conflicted allegiance, young love dashed, and innocence lost.
Union General John Buford and Confederate General James Longstreet both understood the monumental stakes and the terrible costs to be exacted in those days. Their decisions and actions at Gettysburg would significantly impact the outcome of the battle and the lives of those involved.
Three young folks from Gettysburg also became entangled in a curious scenario. Wesley Culp, Jack Skelly, Jennie Wade were all childhood friends. Jack, a Union soldier, and Jennie became betrothed; while Wesley had migrated to Virginia only to find himself returning to Gettysburg as a Confederate soldier, literally fighting against his own hometown. After July 1st, 1863, they would never see each other again.
This engaging American story is brought to life in
The Fields of Gettysburg
John and West Virginia singer/songwriter extraordinaire,
Todd Burge, “The FOG” co-producer, gathered an impressive array of Appalachian musicians & vocalists and have now brought “The FOG” to life in the recording studio.
The FOG cast of players includes: Grammy winning Americana artist Tim O'Brien and Mountain Stage Founder & Host Larry Groce
Released on March 31, 2013, “The FOG” neatly coincides with the 150th anniversary of the epic American drama that played out in and around a small Pennsylvania town called Gettysburg.