Harrogate, TN -- On February 22, Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) presented a special benefit music event at the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center of the Duke Hall of Citizenship. The historic concert celebrated the new Rural Rhythm Records’ album, God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories About Real People with extraordinary performances by some of the top talents in bluegrass music.
Those in attendance could certainly feel the compassion of the songwriters while experiencing incredible performances by: Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Carrie Hassler, Brad Gulley, Tim Stafford, Dave Adkins, Gap Creek Quartet, Vic Graves, Don Gulley, Debbie Gulley, Sierra Hull, Jason Burleson, Brandon Godman, Phil Leadbetter, and Bryan Turner.
Gary Burchett, LMU Trustee exclaimed, “What a wonderful event! I was instantly taken by the title God Didn't Choose Sides early in the planning process. Then it all came together when the awesome talent performed flawlessly. I am excited about the next in what I hope will be a long series of get-togethers.”
The album’s producer, Steve Gulley, also performed and served as host of the evening. “On the evening of February 22, the clock was turned back to the 1860's for a special night of music and folklore, said Gulley. “Inside Mars Performing Arts Center at Duke Hall the music, laughter and tears flowed through the enthusiastic crowd as they enjoyed the music and stories from, God Didn't Choose Sides. What a truly special night for me and everyone involved in the making of the music and planning of the event. It's a night I will never forget and a memory I will always cherish."
The album, God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories About Real People, includes 12 original songs inspired by journals, stories and artifacts from soldiers, civilians and politicians during the Civil War. "The LMU live performance event at the Duke Hall of God Didn't Choose Sides truly brought alive the stories behind the songs and people whose lives were impacted by the Civil War. These true stories about Amos Humiston, Jennie Wade, Carrie McGavock, John Burns and others should not be lost or forgotten and preserved for future generations" said Sam Passamano, President of Rural Rhythm Records.
Not only was the live concert event a success, but radio stations have certainly welcomed this new album. Cindy Baucom, host of the popular Knee Deep in Bluegrass weekly syndicated radio program, recently featured numerous tracks from God Didn’t Choose Sides. For more information on the album, please visit GodDidntChooseSides.com for interviews, additional content relating to the history behind the songs, songwriters, performing artists and musicians.
Located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, the university houses one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world. The Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about this and other programs at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, call 423-869-6235.