Loretta Lynn Covers A 150-Year-Old Civil War Song ‘Take Your Guns And Go, John’
This October, ATO Records will join forces with music supervisor Randall Poster (Moonrise Kingdom, Boardwalk Empire, Rave On Buddy Holly) to release a Civil War-inspired double album titled Divided & United.
The collection will feature songs from Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Old Crow Medicine Show, Vince Gill, Jamey Johnson, A.A. Bondy, Taj Mahal, T. Bone Burnett, Steve Earle, and Lee Ann Womack, among others.
Divided & United will feature an essay by musician, filmmaker and historian John Cohen. “This record,” writes Cohen, “aspires to erase the legacy of segregation and through music seeks reconciliation instead, in order to celebrate a great musical heritage of America, born in pain, war and prejudice.”
Rolling Stone spoke with Lynn about her recording of “Take Your Guns and Go, John,” a 150-year-old track about a soldier leaving for war that appears on the album.
“I had such a great time recording this song for this album,” Lynn told Rolling Stone. “I loved the song and sound of that banjo, played by Bryan Sutton, made me feel I was back on the front porch in Kentucky where I came from. Glad to be a part of this record.”
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