You’ve seen him over and over again on The History Channel, PBS, The Discovery Channel, A&E, The Travel Channel, BBC and National Geographic. He’s one of those actors who appears over and over again in documentaries all over cable and broadcast TV. He’s even been on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America and The Chapelle Show. You know his face. He’s the General, the Colonel, the Private and the Musician in a lot of historical programming. He’s Kent Courtney and he’s been a part of your television life for years - especially with the Civil War. There he is - to the right - in this photograph by Teresa Delikat.
Saturday, June 30 - Sunday July 8, 2012
Civil War Celebrity, Kent Courtney, will be appearing at this year’s Kutztown Folk Festival for the entire run - Saturday, June 30 - Sunday July 8, 2012. Bringing his extensive knowledge of the culture and music of the 1800s, Kent will be singing and telling stories of Pennsylvania’s heritage and its involvement in the American Civil War, 150 years ago.
Kent Courtney is an Americana recording artist whose music is in National Parks, museums, tourist railroads and gifts shops all over the country.
More than just the battle facts, Kent Courtney paints a picture with words and music of the personal experiences of life in these United States as we struggled with great philosophical and political decisions.
The Homefront in the Civil War
Kent talks about life in the home front in Pennsylvania. Mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters missed the soldiers who went off to join the Navy or the Army. Yet, they worked tirelessly to support themselves on the farms and in the cities while their men - some of them boys - were away.
Your heart will be engaged when he sings the love songs. Many songs were about their sweethearts. Surprisingly, there is even a beautiful love song for Mom - “Just Before the Battle Mother”. “Try finding a love song for your Momma on the radio”, Kent remarks- only half in jest.
“The Irish had some of the best love songs.” says Kent. “They had the fun work songs and fast music that drove the dancers into a furry. The Irish helped build the canals, the railroads and they mined coal. They were a driving force in the establishment of Pennsylvania as a key industrial region.
Expect to hear some train songs. “Railroads were a key factor in the North winning the Civil War”, Kent explains. “In the 1840s and 1850s, the industrial northeast - especially Pennsylvania - was busy building railroads. The South only built short, agricultural feeder lines, with little sense of a big system. The North could out-supply the South”.
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