VARIOUS ARTISTS, “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People,” Rural Rhythm. 13 tracks.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Rural Rhythm Records has released an album of new songs written about real people whose lives were impacted by the war.

People like Amos Humiston, who died at Gettysburg, and would have been buried unknown except for the picture of his three children clutched in his dying hand; like the Union soldiers who delivered food to the people of Savannah, Ga., on Christmas 1864; or like Nancy Hart, who road with a band of pro-Southern guerrillas in western Virginia.

Artists include Steve Gulley, Russell Moore, Lonesome River Band, Dale Ann Bradley, Tim Stafford, Ronnie Bowman, Bradley Walker, Brad Gulley, Carrie Hassler, Dave Adkins, Marty Raybon, Gap Creek Quartet and Rickey Wasson & Dwight McCall.

Rural Rhythm calls this “the first release from a new series of albums that focus on the common men and women who were thrown together into the realities and horrors of war and displayed amazing acts of kindness, selflessness, faith, love and brotherhood to their fellow Americans.”

The package includes a 16-page booklet with historical notes, photographs and lyrics.

The only song not written for the album is the traditional hymn “There Is A Fountain,” sung by the Gap Creek Quartet — Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, Don Gulley and Vic Graves.

The album will be released on Feb. 12 — Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

Can’t find it in stores? Try http://www.RuralRhythm.com

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