Black Irish Band & United States Forest Service team up to produce music video in
celebration of the forest service centennial (100 years of Service)
Sonora, Ca, June 1, 2005
Black Irish Band, of Sonora, has just completed their new 15 CD album titled From the Forest. This new CD
features 13 songs that relate to the history of the forest service. Band songwriter, Patrick Karnahan, composed ten of
the selections on the album. Most of the
ballads are in the Folk-Americana Style that has been the trade mark of the 15 year old
album is a musical journey into the lives of those that work in the national forest. Three original song ballads, Into the Fire,
Underneath Montana Skies, and South Canyon 1994, tell of the danger of wild land
firefighting. Two song ballads celebrate the very symbol of the forest service, Smokey
Bear. Songwriter, Karnahan, has penned many
songs that relate to his employment with the forest service from 1978-1993.
song ballads on the album, The Ballad of John Muir and Manzanar, were inspired
by the history of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Region.
Other feature album ballads include, Ill see Alaska, Home on the
Range, Boots of a Forester, and The last Look (inspired by a fire
of Karnahans compositions have been chosen by the Smithsonian Museum to appear on
their recording label as part of their forest service celebration CD album. The museum picked Into the Fire, The
Ballad of John Muir, and Smokey.
of the Black Irish Band have been selected by the Smithsonian Museum to be apart of the
two week celebration this summer in Washington D.C. Starting
on June 23 through July 5th Black Irish members Patrick Karnahan & Jim
Nelson will be performing at our nations National
Mall in Washington D.C.
command performance will given by Black Irish members at the Kennedy Center, 8pm, Saturday July 2nd. This occasion will mark the Washington D.C
screening of the bands first music video of the original song, Into the Fire
video was co-produced by the forest service to honor men & women who fight fires. Most of the live scenes were shot on location in
the Stanislaus National Forest. In the video
over 40 forest service firefighters were featured.