“Dear Sarah”

Published:April 11, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe

This weekend I thought to myself, “Whatever happened to the V-roys?” Those guys rocked pretty hard back when I was in grad school, and they wore skinny ties, and their producer was Steve Earle. A lot of good in that package, but, alas, they broke up anyway.

So it turns out lead singer Scott Miller is from Virginia, and he went on to form the band Scott Miller & The Commonwealth. And their first CD, of course, was Thus Always to Tyrants (2001). It’s a great album, full of references not just to Virginia but to Virginia history. On “Dear Sarah,” which Miller sings above, a Confederate soldier fighting with Stonewall Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley writes a letter to his sweetheart as he marches to Staunton and then boards a train to Richmond. (This, presumably, is just prior to the Seven Days’ Battles in 1862).