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June 28. At the Wallers in Marin we wake to the news that Senator Robert Carlyle Byrd, D-WVA, passed away at three in the morning. We’d been getting texts from friends that he was in the hospital. As we packed up to head for Seattle, NPR emailed us, and Rob did an interview about our song “Byrd From West Virginia.” Another article about the song showed up on the NPR webpage. We’re proud to be part of remembering this larger than life man from a time and place that feels long past. Pre-emptive war does not have a place in America’s finer values and beliefs.