Franciscan Free Song: The Yellow Rose of Texas from Blue Corn Music-Dark River

by Sister Julie Ann on March 1, 2015

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity will be in Austin, TX March 8-11, 2015. Journey with us this month of March in Texas by enjoying a free music download of The Yellow Rose of Texas from Chuck Pinnell’s album Blue Corn Music-Dark River. (Image: Franciscan Sister Elizabeth Benvie)

Franciscan Sister Elizabeth Benvie Yellow RoseThis compact version of the Yellow Rose of Texas is one of 3 stirring instrumentals from my 2011 album from Blue Corn Music-Dark River. With re-imagined and re-vitalized classics from the American songbook-Dark River explores the emotional landscape of 19th century America  during the Civil War , and the expansion west that immediately followed.  Always a favorite , The Yellow Rose of Texas dates back 170 odd years but remains very much alive by virtue of it’s soaring melody, sturdy chord structure , and irrepressible rhythm.

-Chuck Pinnell

About Chuck Pinnell

Chuck PinnellChuck Pinnell is a veteran member of Austin’s celebrated music and film community, and has spent many years honing skills in both worlds . His accomplishments include composing original music for the influential indie classic The Whole Shootin’ Match, producing the Austin all-star Civil War album Dark River, and most recently, collaborating with Rich Brotherton on the score for Al Rienert’s riveting documentary An Unreal Dream, The Michael Morton Story. After winning the Audience Award at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, the film went on to air on CNN in december of 2013 and will be shown on the Discovery Channel in the summer of 2014.

Born into a west Texas ranching family, it’s not surprising that Chuck’s work is often Texas-centric and full of authentic grit. His training and influences stretch from classical music to Leadbelly, from jazz to Doc Watson. Through a challenging spate of film and album productions, Chuck has been privileged to work with talented new artists as well as a number of Texas music icons, including Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, James McMurtry, Jimmy LaFave, Eliza Gilkyson, and Slaid Cleaves. Whether scoring films or producing albums-Chuck Pinnell has consistently proven his ability to create unique and evocative music, and to guide high level projects with a sure hand.


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14 thoughts on “Franciscan Free Song: The Yellow Rose of Texas from Blue Corn Music-Dark River”

  1. Sister Carla says:

    I like this instrumental version.Thanks for sharing it.

  2. N.K. says:

    God uses music to help relate to things going on in your life to connect with your emotions.

  3. M.V. says:

    Music allows me to share my feelings and it is something I truly enjoy and love.

  4. A.L. says:

    Reminds me to relax…

  5. A.D. says:

    Pulls on my heartstrings!

  6. E.G. says:

    It puts me at peace to listen to music and helps me to think about my life and God.

  7. C.S. says:

    When listening to songs, I become inspired to do the things I aim to do and am inspired by people I look up to.

  8. M.S. says:

    I kept thinking of driving in the wide open country with the windows down…

  9. E.B. says:

    Touches my heart…

  10. C.M. says:

    God uses music to touch my heart, too!

  11. M.W. says:

    If I’m struggling with something or I am upset, when I turn on any music He always plays a song that sings just what I need to hear and to reassure me.

  12. T.J. says:

    Music reminds me of the amazing things that God has created.

  13. A.R. says:

    I found this song very relaxing.

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