My Frontier Partisan heart beat a little faster at the release of the trailer for the History Channel’s miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys,” due out Memorial Day. (Not least because of the potent, dark stomp of the song that plays over it: “Bartholomew” by The Silent Comedy). Watch it here.
This is one of the great American stories — the facts being more interesting by far than the stereotype-laden folklore that has accreted around it. I read a fair bit about the feud back in college and I’m going to refresh my knowledge before I watch the movie.
Coincidentally, I just picked up Sharyn McCrumb’s new book, “The Ballad of Tom Dooley,” a novel based on the 1866 murder immortalized in the famous folk song (Doc Watson’s version is preferred to the Kingston Trio’s). All this and “Justified” — I’m on a bit of an Appalachian binge.