Thanks, Red Hook Ramblers, for being my band for the day and turning it into a real dance party!
(did I mention I'm going to start recording an album with RHR starting in early March featuring many of these songs?)
longtime fan favorite, appears on American History + Rock-n-Roll = The Deedle Deedle Dees in full rock band form and on S.S. Brooklyn in a stripped-down sing-a-long version
Down by the Riverside
old American spiritual
Henry Box Brown
one of the Deedle Deedle Dees' signature songs, appears on Freedom in a Box
Marching Through Georgia
one of my favorite Civil War songs
Trapped in the Attic
inspired by Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs, original version written with fourth graders in Brooklyn
appears on Strange Dees, Indeed, co-written with a kid in MA for a musical about the history of Northampton
brand-new song about Brooklyn's thriving all-black neighborhood, a community that arose after New York made slavery illegal... but pre-Civil War.
Follow the Drinking Gourd
awesome Underground Railroad song. we played a rock-n-roll arrangement that was a nod to the folky one Pete Seeger did with the Weavers
Keep the Hate Mail Comin'
brand-new song I wrote after seeing an awful piece of hate mail sent to Henry Ward Beecher. a tribute to him, Hank Aaron, and other heroes who received vicious correspondence but kept on with their important work.
John Brown's Body / John Brown
the Union army marching song combined with one of the original Deedle Deedle Dees songs