Cassette tape cover illustration from Roger and Mary Gilmore's recording of Buckeye Hills & Bramblewood
Buckeye Hills & Bramblewood (Song)
Inspired by Ohio's diverse beauty, rich
culture, and vivid history, long-time Ohio resident and
musician, Roger Gilmore, composed the music and lyrics of this
song as a tribute to the state and for all Ohioans to enjoy.
Through the use of colorful imagery, metaphor and musical
accompaniment, his music paints a picture of the state that
lies "between the flatlands and the river" and stretches from
the "great lake to the rolling hills."
Since 1978, Gilmore and his wife, Mary, have been
touring the state and West Virginia performing a program, "Sweet
Mountain Sound: Music and Folklore of Appalachia," which is a
compilation of traditional regional music, stories, tall tales, and
folk lore with humor, and Roger's original songs.
Gilmore had already written several songs referring
to either the Ohio River Valley or Meigs County when he was
encouraged by Congressman Strickland and his wife, and others, to
compose a song about Ohio that might help bolster tourism. Meeting
the challenge, Gilmore wrote the words and music for "Buckeye Hills
& Bramblewood." The song was added to the Gilmores repertory,
and became one of the most requested songs both in and outside
A grassroots campaign is underway to make "Buckeye
Hills & Bramblewood" the official song for the Ohio
Bicentennial in 2003.
Documentation includes a text report, written lyrics,
and a recording of the song.
Originally submitted by: Ted Strickland, Representative (6th District).
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