Reviews

Reviews

 Very pleased and honored to be featured in  Americana Rhythm Magazine and a podcast interview about the CD.

Thanks Greg Tutwiller and the Valley’s best music mag!

 

 

Thanks to Scott Mingus for a great review in his Civil War blog “Cannonball“…check out this excellent blog and his take on the CD.

 

 Received wonderful notes from historians Howard Means,  Steve French and Marc Leepson…

Many thanks, gentlemen!

 

“Clark Hansbarger’s Dream of a Good Death is one of the most imaginative approaches to the Civil War I’ve ever witnessed. The songs, all original, each tell a poignant story. Hansbarger’s between-songs narrative fills out the background eloquently, and the accompanying visuals help give the war’s horrors and heroes a human face. The theater was packed for Dream’s debut performance, the show (with encore) went almost two hours, and no one was leaving. In short, terrific entertainment — the rare evening that leaves you better informed and fully satisfied.”

Howard Means, author of Johnny Appleseed: The Man, the Myth, the American Story; Money & Power: The History of Business; The Avenger Takes His Place: Andrew Johnson and the 45 Days That Changed the Nation

 

“In his new CD Dreams of a Good Death, singer and songwriter Clark Hansbarger performs ten of his original Civil War songs that, in different ways, bring the terrible conflict back to life. In my opinion, Clark’s lyrics and unique delivery, especially on the title track and “The Tailor From Kingsport,” are reminiscent of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan at their best.”

Steve French, author of Rebel Chronicles: Raiders, Scouts and Train Robbers of the Upper Potomac

 

Dream of A Good Death is an exceptional achievement on several levels: the lyrics, the music, and the musicianship, as well as the thought that went into the entire project. We Americans too often have a short historical memory. A special work such as this, which creatively looks at the lives of a group of Confederate soldiers, can go a long way toward keeping alive a compelling aspect of the American Civil War. Highly recommended.”

–Marc Leepson, author of Saving Monticello, Desperate Engagement, and What So Proudly We Hailed, Francis Scott Key, A Life.

Marc Leepson’s new biography of Francis Scott Key comes out in June. For more info go to his site at http://www.marcleepson.com

 

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