MIKE SCOTT & FRIENDS, “Home Sweet Home: Civil War Era Songs,” Rural Rhythm. 14 tracks.

Mike Scott traces his banjo-playing heritage to his great-grandmother, Verdie, who was born during the 1860s.

So, what better way to celebrate that heritage — especially during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War — than an album of Civil War-era songs?

Especially ones that prominently feature Scott’s banjo.

An all-star cast of musicians — Adam Steffey, Bryan Sutton, Tim Stafford, Rob Ickes, Aubrey Haynie, Mike Compton, Ben Isaacs, Scott Miller and Jeff Taylor — lends its talents to the project.

Only one of the 14 tunes on the album wasn’t being played during the Civil War years.

“Ashokan Farewell” was written in 1982 by Jay Ungar.

But the music was featured prominently in Ken Burns’ 1990 PBS series, “The Civil War.”

It was played 25 times during the 11-hour series.

So, it has an association with the Civil War, at least in many people’s minds.

Other tunes include “The Girl I Left Behind Me,” “Soldier’s Joy,” “Bill Cheatham,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Turkey in the Straw,” “Banks of the Ohio,” “Camptown Races,” “Bonaparte’s Retreat,” “Buffalo Gals,” “Angeline The Baker” and “The Battlefield.”

Many of those songs have made their way into the bluegrass repertoire through the years.

But for some reason, one of the songs most associated with the Civil War, “Dixie,” wasn’t included.

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

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