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JedMarum 24 Jul 06 - 11:01 PM
bfdk 25 Jul 06 - 04:25 AM
Ernest 25 Jul 06 - 04:36 AM
GUEST,Art Thieme 25 Jul 06 - 12:39 PM
Bat Goddess 25 Jul 06 - 12:46 PM
JedMarum 25 Jul 06 - 01:28 PM
Big Al Whittle 26 Jul 06 - 02:43 AM
Big Al Whittle 26 Jul 06 - 04:38 AM
GUEST,Marion 26 Jul 06 - 05:23 AM
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JedMarum 27 Jul 06 - 08:45 AM
Charley Noble 27 Jul 06 - 09:00 AM
Jeri 27 Jul 06 - 09:26 AM
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Subject: Cross Over the River - new album
From: JedMarum
Date: 24 Jul 06 - 11:01 PM

I've just finished work on a new album. This is a collection Civil War songs ... mostly original ... all Confederate stories, this time. I've posted three sample tracks at Myspace ... All but ROSE OF TRALEE are from the new CD.

I have few more things to line up before it's actually out - but I'll rotate few more sample tracks. But my travels are many over the next few weeks - so my I may not keep up with my communications on this ...


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: bfdk
Date: 25 Jul 06 - 04:25 AM

They sound really good, Jed, looking forward to seeing you at Sinsull's :-))

Best wishes,

Bente


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: Ernest
Date: 25 Jul 06 - 04:36 AM

Beautiful as always, Jed!

Bente, please talk him into touring europe.

Best
Ernest


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 25 Jul 06 - 12:39 PM

Jed,
Congratulations on the new album! I'm sure it will be a fine one---again!!

A question though: Did you ever get the package of music I sent you recently????

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 25 Jul 06 - 12:46 PM

Curmudgeon and I, unfortunately due to a previous, longstanding commitment (twenty-some-very odd-years), again can't make it to your house concert at Sinsull's.

BUT! We'll have her get a CD for us (and I'll ask Jeri for suggestions as to other CDs). Hope Sinsull will trust us for the bucks for a day or so...

Linn


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: JedMarum
Date: 25 Jul 06 - 01:28 PM

Art - Yes I did and I sent you a PM a week ago! Thanks very very much for the music. I've been listening and enjoying. My wife and listened to two of the CDs while driving to/from Louisiana last weekend. She loved the Great Racoon Hunt, (Uncle Eff and other critters). I love the Hobo's Last Ride. I also really enjoyed the WFMT interview CD.

I listen to your CDs a lot when I'm on my long drives ... "taking notes" I guess! You've such way of telling the story in the song ... or in the intro ...


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 26 Jul 06 - 02:43 AM

That is the best version The rose of Tralee, I ever heard - brilliant stuff!


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 26 Jul 06 - 04:38 AM

PS Is that title from from Stonewall Jackson's last words. ( I think it was him - my memory of the Ken Burns seies on the Civil War is shaky).


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: GUEST,Marion
Date: 26 Jul 06 - 05:23 AM

Looking forward to it, as always, Jed...

Marion


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 27 Jul 06 - 04:39 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: JedMarum
Date: 27 Jul 06 - 08:45 AM

Yes - the title song comes from Stonewall Jackson's last words.


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 Jul 06 - 09:00 AM

Good to hear "Shanandoah's Run." I certainly am looking forward to your house concert in South Portland.

Cheerily,
CXharley Noble


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: Jeri
Date: 27 Jul 06 - 09:26 AM

Looking forward to hearing the songs. I can't listen (on a dial-up) to the cuts on MySpace. I get 3 seconds of music, then a couple minutes of loading, then 3 more seconds of music. Normally, I can pause 'play' while samples finish downloading, but that doesn't work at MySpace, maybe so people can't swipe the songs out if their cache. What squeaks through sounds good, though.


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 27 Jul 06 - 09:01 PM

JED,

I can't send or get P.M.s sent through Mudcat!--- It's a glitch somewhere along the pipeline. I'm told I'm a member, but I am made to remain a Guest. I think it's a curse left by Martin Gibson or the Cubs or whatever.

BUT I'm glad you got the package. That's everything, I think, except for the Kicking Mule LPs...

Art


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: JedMarum
Date: 31 Jul 06 - 12:56 PM

Art - you have collected and performed such a wonderful set of songs over the years. These albums are true treasure! I listened again this weekend on my drive to/from Alexandria. I'm sure I'll be lifting a song or two from you!

ALL - the album has been sent to CDBaby and a few DJs. I'm off to the northeast for a few dates and I won't have access to MC for a while. I'll check into his thread in a few weeks.

I'd like to put up one of my favortite tracks from the album on the Myspace page (linked above) - STONEWALL OF THE WEST is a Kim C song. It is a beautiful song and I love the recording we made for the album. BUT Myspace is not working well today, and I may not be able to get it posted. When the CDbaby folks have done their set up THIS LINK will get you to the album's page on their site, and you can hear a sample of the song there.


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Aug 06 - 11:05 PM

OK - it's up at CDBaby link (above) including quick loading sound samples of each track ...


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: JedMarum
Date: 16 Aug 06 - 11:31 AM

I am reluctant to ask for help so publically - but really could use some and I know some of my Mudcat friends would be happy to help if they can -- so here goes:

If you have a copy of this album and like it, would you consider sending a note to your friends who may also like the album? Have them check it out at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jedmarum6

It is difficult for me to get the word out about new albums, and the spammers have made communication with all but freinds just about impossible. BUT I know many folks would enjoy the album and would be willing to consider it, if contacted by a friend. So I risk making my plea publically.

I do not have a big advertizing budget - hell I don't have ANY advertizing budget! But word of mouth (or email) can be beneficial and any help you can give me along those lines would be most appreciated. Please let me know via response here or PM if you have questions.

And ... Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: bfdk
Date: 16 Aug 06 - 11:39 AM

Jed, as soon as I get back home where I have a decent connection I shall go and write a very positive review of the CD on CD Baby. I just love it already :-))

Once again thank you for a wonderful gig on Friday (and Saturday morning, too). Photos will be forwarded once I get them sorted and worked over, I haven't forgotten.

Best wishes,

Bente (online at Marblehead library)


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: John Hardly
Date: 16 Aug 06 - 11:53 AM

holy crap.

Really nice sound clips!


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: JedMarum
Date: 16 Aug 06 - 02:06 PM

... and I finally got the Kim C song posted at Myspace - STONEWALL OF THE WEST is the song, click the title and the MP3 will play.


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Nov 06 - 03:37 PM

I looked up the Jed Marum and Cross Over River and found this thread.

The CD is listed as a contributing album to the sound track for a new television series on the Playboy Channel. The series called TRUE LIVES airs on Friday nights in the UK and Europe. It is an adult reality show. I have no idea why a Civil War album will play on the sound track, but they have it listed on their web page. The URL for the show is here www.myspace.com/truelivestv


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: Jeri
Date: 07 Nov 06 - 07:16 PM

Yep, there's news of the True Lives deal on Jed's home page. The music isn't from a Civil War CD, though. It's from Streets of Fall River, which has a mixture of genres and subjects.

GO JED!


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: MMario
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 10:49 AM

Hey jed! Are the lyrics from 'Cross over the river" available anywhere?


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: bfdk
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 10:52 AM

Jed has a little booklet for sale with those lyrics + some other to do with the Civil War. It contains lyrics and chords.

TIGERS AND RIVER SONGBOOK
Jed Marum's Civil War Music 2006

www.bostonroadrecords.com, it says on the front, so try there.

Best wishes,

Bente


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: MMario
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 10:56 AM

Thanks Bente - I'd missed that. bunches of jed lyics in one place - well worth any reasonable price I'm sure. Hope he gets a good cut of whatever they are selling it for.


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: bfdk
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 11:18 AM

I got mine from the source last August while at Mary's place in Portland. The price was $10, so for fun I offered to pay with DKK 100. The bugger took it and ran, meaning I've paid around $16 for mine. Wonder if he's still got that note, it must be just about worthless over there.. :-))

Best wishes,

Bente


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: SouthernCelt
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 01:47 PM

Finally got to see Jed at Fenian's Pub here in Mississippi this last Saturday. Great show (and the new album is great too). Unfortunately, after one set to a somewhat sparse crowd which I thoroughly enjoyed since I could hear it pretty clearly, the Saturday night party crowd showed up so that Jed was forced to move to Jimmy Buffett, David Allen Coe and the like to keep the crowd happy. Of course that wasn't what I had come to hear so my wife and I made said our goodbyes to Jed and left.

(Jed, there's a long e-mail (sorry) from me that'll be waiting for you when you have a chance to read it.)

Wayne Anderson


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: JedMarum
Date: 05 Mar 07 - 03:01 PM

I got a nice review of this album in SingOut! Magazine. I hope its OK to pass it on:

JED MARUM
Cross Over the River
Boston Road 062

Jed Marum is a Texas based songwriter who specializes In Celtic music with strong American traditional music influences. His real strength lies in historical storytelling and he takes events of the Civil War and tales of Irish-American combatants and sets them to newly penned tunes or well known folk melodies. The subtitle of Cross Over the River is A Confederate Collection and most of the selections have a decidedly Rebel point of view.

The CD opens with “Monaghan’s Lamentâ€쳌 a tale of an Irish born New Orleans resident named Colonel William Monaghan who fought with the 6th Louisiana. It tells the tale of the Battle of Sheperdstown in 1864. “John Brown’s Danceâ€쳌 follows. Its lyrics are based on newspaper accounts and a letter from Stonewall Jackson to his wife. This tongue-in-cheek retelling of the hanging of the legendary abolitionist is set to the traditional tune “John Brown’s March.â€쳌

The title track finds Jed using Stonewall Jackson as his guide once more as he sets the final words of the great General to a simple, beautiful melody. Another fascinating selection is “Shenandoah.â€쳌 Jed has discovered some obscure lyrics to this traditional classic relating to both the Battle of Pea Ridge and life in the Indian Territories. It is aptly followed by “The Shenandoah’s Runâ€쳌 written by Jed concerning the CSS Shenandoah and its sacking of Union merchant and whaling ships. As an interesting side bar, Jed explains in the notes that The Shenandoah had her voyage extended by a few months after the fall of the Confederacy. She raced to Liverpool to surrender to the British, hoping for more humane treatment rather suffer the hanging as pirates that certainly awaited them at the hands of the victorious Union forces.

Anyone who is interested in Civil War history or who simply enjoys great songs performed well will most certainly find plenty of each on Jed Marum’s Cross Over the River.

â€" TD © SingOut!, Spring 2007 â€" Vol. 51 #1


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: JedMarum
Date: 05 Mar 07 - 03:07 PM

... sorry about the odd characters?? I guess it didn't translate well from a Word Doc format to text.

Perhaps a Mudcat Gnome can work a little magic to fix it ... but it's probably readable as is ...


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: JedMarum
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 11:46 AM

... got a nice review in RAMBLES too;

link is here

Text is here:

Jed Marum,
Cross Over the River
(Boston Road, 2006)

If you enjoyed the fantastic television series Civil War you must seek out the recordings of Jed Marum. The TV gave us a powerful visual depiction of those sad violent years. Marum gives us history in song and music that is every bit as powerful and awe-inspiring. He has a wonderful facility for taking these stories of ordinary people and big events and making them real.

His use of personal papers and poetry from the period is exceptional. But he never forgets his Irish roots nor the often-underestimated contribution of the Irish to that conflict.

The album opens with "Monaghan's Lament," about an Irish-born colonel from New Orleans. Most of us only know William Quantrill from the film about his raiders. On the track "One Bloody Friday" we hear a fictional view of the Lawrence Massacre as he might have delivered it.

Marum uses the traditional music of the period to great effect by adding extra verses to elucidate the story. This is particularly effective on "Shenandoah." He gives us a spirited rendition of "Cindy," a song of the period that is rather poignant as we remember that in the midst of war such popular ditties were composed and sung and people tried to live ordinary lives. He includes a new song in a similar vein, "Come Back Katy," to reinforce this message of the non-fighting periods of the war.

Getting back to the war he uses the dying words of Stonewall Jackson as the chorus on "Cross Over the River." You can almost taste the powder in the air and see the tranquil scene after a battle with still water and mist. In the best tradition of folk music, he sets his lyrics to familiar tunes for great effect on "Buckland Races." The tune used is "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp," but Irish listeners will recognise another song.

Marum includes one of the great songs of that or any period as his penultimate track. Foster's "Hard Times" must be one of the most recorded songs of all time but I never tire of hearing it. For me the best track on offer here is "After the Dance." Here he paints a wonderful picture of the hall after the dancers leave and fiddle strings cease to vibrate and reminds us that life goes on.

This is an essential CD if you like good music, thoughtful lyrics or a sense of history.


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: SouthernCelt
Date: 18 Jun 07 - 11:35 AM

Jed,

You already know I love that album but in case I haven't added the following details, I'll do so here.

"After the Dance" like "Letter from Lilac Acres" have great lyrics but what really makes them hit down deep is the fiddle playing the waltz time melodies. The music itself is enough to get you teared-up and the lyrics finish the job. I think "After the Dance" is a masterpiece of metaphorical description of the passage of life and the lives of those who interact and then pass on to be replaced by others.

SC


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Subject: RE: Cross Over the River - new album (Jed Marum)
From: JedMarum
Date: 19 Jun 07 - 12:55 AM

Wow - thanks for the comments! I used John Taylor's melody for After the Dance - and I had immediately a picture in my mind of what the song was ... I found words that perfectly matched the meter and most importantly; paid homage to John's beautiful melody. It is the first and only "word based" poem I wrote. I stared out with page and pages of words that I wanted to use, and rhymes that I liked ... then I simply trimmed the pages down.

I agree also - I love the fiddle playing!


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