Been a while since we last posted something purely southern. The Victor Mourning is an old-school country trio, doing the essential folk story-telling, and they’re great at it. This is the story of Frankie Silver told in two tunes:
These songs were inspired by the story of Frances (“Frankie”) Stewart Silver, who was only 18 when her husband, Charles, was hacked to death with an axe in their Burke County, North Carolina, cabin just before Christmas in 1831. His body was dismembered, its parts strewn in several locations. Frankie was charged with the crime, tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. Despite strong public support for clemency, on July 22, 1833, Frankie was hanged, and her body was buried in an unmarked grave. Her story lives on in these recordings.