2nd South Carolina String Band | DULCEM MELODIES

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by 2nd South Carolina String Band

A superb collection of well knownn and not so well known songs and melodies from the era of the American Civil War that will keep a smile on your face and a tappin' in your toes, played on original and period instruments by the best damn band of its kind
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Nelly Bly
3:25 $0.99
2. Hard Crackers Come Again No More
4:06 $0.99
3. Stonewall Jackson's Way/garryowen
3:20 $0.99
4. Listen to the Mockingbird/siege of Vicksburg
4:28 $0.99
5. Amazing Grace
3:59 $0.99
6. Clare De Kitchen
3:40 $0.99
7. Kelton's Reel/waiting for the Federals
7:14 $0.99
8. My Old Kentucky Home
5:37 $0.99
9. The Yellow Rose of Texas
4:08 $0.99
10. Southron's Battle Cry of Freedom
4:14 $0.99
11. The Minstrel Boy
2:52 $0.99
12. Southron's Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!
3:23 $0.99
13. Jim Along Josie
2:52 $0.99
14. Sweet Evalina
3:34 $0.99
15. War Song of Dixie
4:37 $0.99
16. Hawks and Eagles
2:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
The songs and instrumental tunes performed by the 2nd South Carolina String Band would have been considered the "pop" music of the period beginning in the late 1820's and running through the 1860's - the American Civil War - and beyond. In the years following the American Revolution and the War of 1812, Americans were determined to reject the European classical musical forms and were searching for their own distinctly American musical "voice." They found it in the frontier tradition of tall-tales of larger-than-life American characters such as Davy Crockett, Paul Bunyon, Old Dan Tucker and John Henry. Composers such as Joel Sweeney, Daniel Emmett, Stephen Foster, and George Root, soon arrived on the scene; men who wrote music for a living, to appeal to the masses. This music was unique in that it had no classical background. Its roots were in Celtic, American and African folk melodies. Its songs were filled with the language, slang, and experiences of the common man rather than the intellectual elites and its impact on American culture echoes down to the present day.

The 2nd South Carolina String Band plays the songs and music that moved the American people of the early and mid-eighteen hundreds. They play the music that was in the hearts and minds and on the tongues of the citizen-soldiers that made up the ranks of the armies of the North and the South as they marched off to take part in the cataclysmic struggle that was to become the defining event of our nation's history. They play it on instruments of the era and in an authentic manner and style that carries the listener back to simpler times. They play with a verve and excitement that infects even the most reserved listener with their own enjoyment and brings back to vibrant life the tumultuous energy of the American experience during the War Between the States. To experience the 2nd South Carolina String Band is, for a moment, to reach out and touch the past.



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John Weaver

Best Traditional Group around !!!!
I have all their CDs. This has songs I used to sing in grade school in the 1960s. Love it.

Ken Harrison

Another bull's eye for the Second South Carolina String Band. Best album yet!
Dulcem Melodies is a tour de force for this steadily evolving band. It features a superb balance of sentimental and comic minstrel songs of the era with some truly outstanding vocals and instrumental arrangements. I strongly recommend it for those who want an audible trip into the past.

Thomas R. Wiseman

Dulcum Melodies
A great CD for anyon who enjoys the civil War songs.

Timo Friedrich

Best string band in the world!!!
I come from Germany and I have all your CDs. I'm very interested in the Civil War. Your music is excellent and I hear the songs every day!

Best wishes!


Just great
Another must have from 2nd SC. If you liked the other albums (eg. Souther Soldier), you gonna love this one as well.
Not to mentions the great service by cdbaby, providing a fast albeit reliable shipping even to good ol' Germany.


Just great
Another must have from 2nd SC. If you liked the other albums (eg. Souther Soldier), you gonna love this one as well.
Not to mentions the great service by cdbaby, providing a fast albeit reliable shipping even to good ol' Germany.

Bill E.

This is a wonderful addition to the 2nd SC's music library. The 2nd SC must be commended for keeping our musical hertitage alive. I have all four CD's and play them continuously. Although I think "Southern Soldier" is their best CD, "Dulcem Melodies" is by far the best acoustically. Hearing the original version of familiar and new tunes as they were played in the mid-1800's is a real pleasure. A first rate collection!

George H Smith

Dulcem Melodies
Enjoyed the 2nd South Carolina string band at the 145th Gettysburg Reenactment where they played the songs on this album. Still wondering why all the great songs from this period come from the south.

Johnny Confederado/Spain

Hi Dave !!, you remember?, I'm Johnny from Spain (Dixie Spain, confederate biker), just bought CD "Dulcem Melodies" : EXCELLENT !!
Now I have all (4)CD from 2nd South Carolina String Band !!!!
Greetings from Spain

Reinhard Gress Germany

very recommended
Like the other CD's of the 2nd Soutch Carolina Stringband
a gem, if you like the music of the 19th century with original instruments.
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