Press Kit

Press Blurb

Jennie Avila has written a collection of Civil War songs. Many are inspired by little known, but documented, events in the Antietam Battlefield area of Washington County, Maryland. Her mission is to keep true stories alive by retelling the historical tales in an intimate narrative, often writing and singing in the first person voice of a historical figure. The Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsored Jennie’s first Civil War EP release, "Civil War Stories in Song". Her second CD, "Love & Lore of The Civil War", features 17 songs and a 28-page booklet full of source photos, background stories and archival documentation.

"Marvelous voice and songwriting - Great stuff!" . . . Jeff Shaara, author of "Gods and Generals"
"Your songs captured the spirit and essence of the place and the history, thank you!" . . . Michael Jonnes, Executive Director, Maryland Symphony Orchestra
"You captured the stories in your songs as if you were able to see 150 years ago" . . . Russell Richards, Historical Entertainment, LLC

List of Civil War Music Appearances

  1. "Picturing America", Washington County Libraries Residency sponsored by NEH
  2. "Salute to Independence" with The Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Antietam Battlefield, 2013
  3. "25th Annual Antietam Battlefield Memorial Illumination" Opening ceremony with Hot Soup and the Ebenezer Choir, 2013
  4. "Musical Treasures of The Civil War" Discovery Station, Hagerstown, MD, co-designed exhibit and performed at opening.
  5. "150th Anniversary Antietam-Sharpsburg Reenactment and Remembrance Illumination", 2012
  6. "Sharpsburg Heritage Festival" with Stephen Wright, MD
  7. "Rededication of Tolson’s Chapel" with Robert Stanton, Senior Advisor to The Secretary of The Interior speaking; and the Asbury United Methodist Choir Sharpsburg, MD, 2012
  8. "Battle of Cedar Creek Reenactment", Symposium Tent, Middletown, VA, 2012
  9. "Making Sense of The Civil War" Opening session with Antietam Battlefield Park Service.
  10. "Princeton Folk Music Society" NJ with Stephen Wright and Jay Ansill, 2014

Photos and Posters