Local songwriter commemorates the New Madrid quakes of 1811-1812
Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 12:03 am
Larry Holder, a songwriter from Martin, commemorated the 200th anniversary of the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812 with a new song, “The Days the Earth Would Not Stand Still,” which debuted on local radio station WCMT on Dec. 5, during the Morning Show with Chris Brinkley and Paul Tinkle.
After researching the history of the quakes and writing the initial lyrics, Holder shared the song with his high school friend, Chris McGoldrick, who works at the earthquake center at the University of Memphis. McGoldrick and his associates checked the words for historical accuracy. With a documentary video also in progress, the song is being considered for inclusion as the music during the rolling credits.
Local musicians Terry Lewis, Will Turner, and Craig Ingram lent their talents to the project, providing the additional instrumentation of mandolin, banjo, and lead guitar. Holder provided vocals, guitar, and bass.
Collectively, the group is known as “Ralston Station” (taken from the original town name for Ralston, Tennessee). The mp3 and lyrics of the song are freely available at: larryholdermusic.org/earthquake.html The Reelfoot Lake Bicentennial Committee has also expressed an interest in using the song to promote the 200th anniversary of Reelfoot Lake, which was created as a direct result of the historical earthquakes.
Holder has debuted a number of songs on WCMT over the years, including contemporary Christian songs as well as several humorous songs such as “I’ve Died and Gone to Starbucks” and “Everything I Know In Life I Learned From Chris and Paul.”
Holder also co-wrote the theme song of the Tennessee Soybean Festival, “There’s Nothing Like the Bean,” with Dr. Jim Byford, former dean of Agriculture at UT Martin. Holder is a computer professional and instructor at The University of Tennessee at Martin, as well as a musician and songwriter. He is the senior bass guitar player at First Baptist Church in Martin, and performs with the house band for the annual Martin Rotary Sing-a-Like.