We were very pleased to hear that "More Holy Ground" written by Rupert Wates and sung by Alissa Stahler won an honorable mention in the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest of the Songwriters' Association of Washington. Included in this post is a podcast of the song, recorded June 15, 2010 at Hard Luck Recording studios in Brooklyn, N.Y. This recording features a superb string arrangement by John Guari. The song is the story of Robert Gould Shaw, the colonel of the first all-black regiment recruited in the Civil War. It didn't make it onto the "Joe's Cafe" album, but it's a great addition to the live show, and to the roster at Joe's Cafe.