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Music of Coal: Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields

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Music of Coal delves deeply into Virginia history, addressing various aspects of mining and culture. This two disc set features Merle Travis, Hazel Dickens, Doc Boggs, The Carter Family, Ralph Stanley & Dwight Yoakam, Darrell Scott, Natalie Merchant and a few dozen others. Packaged in a richly detailed 69 page book w/ liner notes and striking historical photographs.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Down in a Coal Mine Excerpt (The Edison Concert Band) - The Edison Concert Band
  2. Mining Camp Blues (Trixie Smith) - Trixie Smith
  3. Sprinkle Coal Dust on My Grave (Orville Jenks) - Orville Jenks
  4. Coal Miner's Blues (The Carter Family) - The Carter Family
  5. Hard Times in Coleman s Mine (Aunt Molly Jackson) - Aunt Molly Jackson
  6. He s Only a Miner Killed in the Ground (Ted Chestnut) - Ted Chestnut
  7. Coal Black Mining Blues (Nimrod Workman) - Nimrod Workman
  8. 31 Depression Blues (Ed Sturgill) - Ed Sturgill
  9. Prayer of a Miner's Child (Dock Boggs) - Dock Boggs
  10. That Twenty-Five Cents You Paid (Sarah Ogan Gunning) - Sarah Ogan Gunning
  11. The L & N Don t Stop Here Anymore (Jean Ritchie) - Jean Ritchie
  12. Dark as a Dungeon (Merle Travis) - Merle Travis
  13. Come All You Coal Miners (The Reel World String Band) - The Reel World String Band
  14. My Sweetheart s the Mule in the Mines (Mike Kline) - Mike Kline
  15. Thirty Inch Coal (Hobo Jack Adkins) - Hobo Jack Adkins
  16. Black Waters (Jim Ringer) - Jim Ringer
  17. Roof Boltin Daddy (Gene Carpenter) - Gene Carpenter
  18. Dream of a Miner s Child (Carter Stanley) - Carter Stanley
  19. Coal Miner's Boogie (George Davis) - George Davis
  20. The Yablonski Murder (Hazel Dickens) - Hazel Dickens
  21. What Are We Gonna Do? (Dorothy Myles) - Dorothy Myles
  22. Explosion at Derby Mine (Charlie Maggard) - Charlie Maggard
  23. Blind Fiddler (Jim Bud Stanley) - Jim 'Bud' Stanley
  24. Loadin Coal (John Hutchison) - John Hutchison
  25. Coal Town Saturday Night (Randall Hylton) - Randall Hylton
  26. It s Been a Long Time (Sonny Houston & Roger Hall) - Roger Hall
  27. Fountain Filled with Blood (Elder James Caudill & Choir) - Elder James Caudill & Choir

Disc: 2

  1. West Virginia Mine Disaster (Molly Slemp) - Molly Slemp
  2. Union Man (Blue Highway) - Blue Highway
  3. Blue Diamond Mines (Robin & Linda Williams) - Robin & Linda Williams
  4. Set Yourself Free (Billy Gene Mullins) - Billy Gene Mullins
  5. Redneck War (Ron Short) - Ron Short
  6. Sixteen Tons (Ned Beatty) - Ned Beatty
  7. There Will Be No Black Lung in Heaven (Rev. Joe Freeman) - Rev. Joe Freeman
  8. Deep Mine Blues (Nick Stump) - Nick Stump
  9. I m a Coal Mining Man (Tom T. Hall) - Tom T. Hall
  10. Dirty Black Coal (Kenneth Davis) - Kenneth Davis
  11. Black Lung (A. J. Roach) - A.J. Roach
  12. Coal Dust Kisses (Suzanne Mumpower-Johnson) - Suzanne Mumpower-Johnson
  13. Coal Tattoo (Dale Jett) - Dale Jett
  14. A Strip Miner s Life (Don Stanley & Middle Creek) - Don Stanley
  15. Daddy s Dinner Bucket (Ralph Stanley II) - Ralph Stanley II
  16. In Those Mines (Valerie Smith) - Valerie Smith
  17. Miner s Prayer (Ralph Stanley & Dwight Yoakam) - Dwight Yoakam
  18. Dyin To Make A Livin (W. V. Hill) - W.V. Hill
  19. You ll Never Leave Harlan Alive (Darrell Scott) - Darrell Scott
  20. They Can t Put It Back (Jack Wright) - Jack Wright
  21. Which Side Are You On? (Natalie Merchant) - Natalie Merchant


Product details

  • Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
  • First Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Full Lights
  • ASIN: B000VQ40WM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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