Stories of Valor
Single Available May 10, 2022
Americana Highways brings you this video premiere of Roger Cline’s song “Stories of Valor,” from his forthcoming album due out this summer. The album was produced by Johnny Williams; recorded, engineered and mastered by Wesley Easter at Eastwood Studios with executive producer Debbie Durant of Walnut Run Music.
Musicians on the recording are Roger Cline on guitar and lead vocals; Scott Freeman on mandolin; Nikki Wright on fiddle; Debbie Durant on bass; Dennis Hertzog on viola; and Johnny Williams on harmony vocals.
The video was produced by Gary Pfeffer with photography by Cory Pfeffer. This song and the video are honest tributes to the ravages of war and the lasting scars it leads. With a gentleness in his tone, and a old time mountain music feel, Roger Cline has created a sincere anthem for those times when we honor and thank soldiers for their sacrifices. Play it for Memorial Day.
I was scrolling down through my Facebook feed. I came across a picture of an older man – longish white hair, ruffled windbreaker kind of jacket – sitting in his wheelchair, reaching out to lay his hand on the Vietnam Memorial wall.
The dialog between two brothers that haven’t seen each other in a very long time floated in from somewhere. One brother talking, the other listening. In fifteen minutes I had all but two lines of what would become “Stories of Valor.” It surprised me – did all of that come from what I saw in that picture?
I finished the last two lines later that evening, and started sharing it around as a poem. The emotion of it seemed to hit people like it did me.
Although I didn’t consciously write this song about the Lewis brothers, I believe their story was at the heart of it. So, I dedicate this song to the memory of Butch and Bobby Lewis, my friends from Belcamp, Maryland.