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This song and video is a first for me. I can’t remember any ballad regarding Andersonville. ‘Beacon Sun’ brought a deep sigh and a tear through the lyrics and the haunting melody. Three of my sons are professional musicians, as well as history scholars and I’m looking forward to sharing this group’s talent with them. Anticipating hearing more from Quiet Hounds.

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Can’t wait to share this video with my students. Thanks for sharing this with us!

Just gorgeous. I adore how they well they evoke the POW experience with economic means: brief references to the exposure to the weather, the breakdown of law and order, the desire of men and their families to be reunited. I also admire how the hound masks are both a visual pun on the band’s name and distancing devices (as masks are), that could inspire more than one reading: the masked figures as ghosts of the bare-faced POWs, or as stand-ins for the band members (people of the present imagining/viewing the experiences of POWs at Camp Sumter). The song itself is clearly a product of this century, but the use of banjo and mandolin will make many listeners think of the past, as both instruments are associated with folk revival, bluegrass, and old-timey music (genres which are perceived of as old, even if history tells a rather more complicated story).

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