top of page

New England Ballet Theatre


The Long Black Veil

Inspired by the country music ballad

October 2024


 This original full-length story ballet choreographed by Artistic & Executive Director Rachael Gnatowski will be performed by the Company Artists of NEBT and guest artists.

"The Long Black Veil" will be a dark but family-friendly homage to all things Americana, set in the late 1800s in a rural Appalachian town.

For important information about attending performances, CHECK OUT OUR FAQs

About The Song

"Long Black Veil" is a 1959 country ballad, written by Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin and originally recorded by Lefty Frizzell.

It is told from the point of view of a man falsely accused of murder and executed. He refuses to provide an alibi, since on the night of the murder he was having an extramarital affair with his best friend's wife, and would rather die and take their secret to his grave than admit the truth. The chorus describes the woman's mourning visits to his gravesite, wearing a long black veil and enduring a wailing wind.

In 2019, Frizzell's version of "Long Black Veil" was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

bottom of page