Music of Coal: Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2007
  • Label: Condon Music Group
  • UPC: 891805001022
  • Catalog Number: 71

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Down in a Coal Mine - Edison Concert Band (1:21)
  2. 2 Mining Camp Blues - Trixie Smith (2:55)
  3. 3 Sprinkle Coal Dust on My Grave - Orville J. Jenks (2:41)
  4. 4 Coal Miner's Blues - The Carter Family (3:01)
  5. 5 Hard Times in Coleman's Mine - Aunt Molly Jackson (2:34)
  6. 6 He's Only a Miner Killed in the Ground - Ted Chestnut (2:32)
  7. 7 Coal Black Mining Blues - Nimrod Workman (1:12)
  8. 8 '31 Depression Blues - Ed Sturgill (2:45)
  9. 9 Prayer of a Miner's Child - Dock Boggs (1:47)
  10. 10 That Twenty-Five Cents You Paid - Sarah Ogan Gunning (2:21)
  11. 11 The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore - Jean Ritchie (3:10)
  12. 12 Dark as a Dungeon - Merle Travis (1:54)
  13. 13 Come All You Coal Miners - Reel World String Band (2:20)
  14. 14 My Sweetheart's the Mule in the Mines - Mike Kline (0:21)
  15. 15 Thirty Inch Coal - Hobo Jack Adkins (2:34)
  16. 16 Blakc Waters - Jim Ringer (3:34)
  17. 17 Roof Boltin' Daddy - Gene Carpenter (2:25)
  18. 18 Dream of a Miner's Child - Carter Stanley (2:42)
  19. 19 Coal Miner's Boogie - George Davis (2:55)
  20. 20 The Yablonski Murder - Hazel Dickens (2:57)
  21. 21 What Are We Gonna Do? - Dorothy Myles (3:01)
  22. 22 Explosion at Derby Mine - Charlie Maggard (4:03)
  23. 23 Blind Fiddler - Jim "Bud" Stanley (3:00)
  24. 24 Loadin' Coal - John Hutchinson (2:30)
  25. 25 Coal Town Saturday Night - Randall Hylton (3:04)
  26. 26 It's Been a Long Time - Sonny Houston (3:38)
  27. 27 Fountain Filled with Blood - James Caudill (3:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 West Viriginia Mine Disaster - Molly Stemp (2:49)
  2. 2 Union Man - Blue Highway (3:34)
  3. 3 Blue Diamond Mines - Robin & Linda Williams (4:43)
  4. 4 Set Yourself Free - Billy Gene Mullins (0:49)
  5. 5 Redneck War - Ron Short (5:18)
  6. 6 Sixteen Tons - Ned Beatty (2:30)
  7. 7 There Will Be No Black Lung (Up in Heaven) - Rev. Joe Freeman (2:01)
  8. 8 Deep Mine Blues - Nick Stump (3:30)
  9. 9 I'm a Coal Mining Man - Tom T. Hall (2:24)
  10. 10 Dirty Black Coal - Kenny Davis (4:30)
  11. 11 Black Lung - AJ Roach (3:21)
  12. 12 Coal Dust Kisses - Suzanne Mumpower-Johnson (4:05)
  13. 13 Coal Tattoo - Dale Jett (4:07)
  14. 14 A Strip Miner's Life - Don Stanley & Middle Creek (3:00)
  15. 15 Daddy's Dinner Bucket - Ralph Stanley II (3:30)
  16. 16 In Those Mines - Valerie Smith (3:43)
  17. 17 Miner's Prayer - Dwight Yoakam (3:08)
  18. 18 Dyin' to Make a Livin' - W.V. Hill (3:38)
  19. 19 You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive - Darrell Scott (5:51)
  20. 20 They Can't Put It Back - Jack Wright (2:30)
  21. 21 Which Side Are You On? - Natalie Merchant (5:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ralph Stanley Banjo, Vocal Harmony
Tom T. Hall Vocals
Merle Travis Guitar, Vocals
Dwight Yoakam Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Hazel Dickens Vocals
Jean Ritchie Guitar, Vocals
Mike Seeger Bass, Guitar
Buster Bailey Clarinet
David Castle Bass
Mary McCaslin Track Performer
Dock Boggs Banjo, Vocals
Kenny Davis Guitar, Vocals
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Aunt Molly Jackson Vocals
Sarah Ogan Gunning Vocals
Asa Martin Guitar
Nimrod Workman Vocals, Voices
Jim Ringer Guitar, Vocals
Mother Maybelle Carter Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Jane Voss Track Performer
Ronny Cox Guitar
Louis Armstrong Cornet
Junior Blankenship Guitar
Robert Bowlin Guitar
Mike Bub Bass
Sara Carter Guitar, Vocals
Curley Ray Cline Fiddle
Dudley Connell Guitar
Jack Cooke Bass
Steve Cooley Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin
Beverly D'Angelo Vocals
Jeff D'Angelo Bass
Aaron Davis Choir, Chorus
Vernon Derrick Fiddle
Charlie Dixon Banjo
Fletcher Henderson Piano
Bev Futrell Guitar
Jimmy Gaudreau Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Sonny Houston Guitar, Vocals
Randall Hylton Guitar, Vocals
Judy Hyman Fiddle
Rob Ickes Dobro, Vocals
Kevin Jackson Fiddle
Nancy Katz Track Performer
Graham Maby Guitar
Sue Massek Banjo, Vocals
Jimmy Mattingly Guitar, Mandolin
Natalie Merchant Vocals
Caroline Paton Track Performer
Ralph Rinzler Mandolin
Sharon Ruble Bass
Rhonda and Sparky Rucker Voices
Darrell Scott Guitar, Vocals
Bob Siggins Banjo
Valerie Smith Vocals
Tim Stafford Guitar, Vocals
Art Stamper Fiddle
Carter Stanley Guitar, Vocals
Ernie Thacker Mandolin
Jay Ungar Track Performer
Jim Watson Bass, Vocal Harmony
Aaron Williams Mandolin
Wayne Benson Mandolin
Charlie Green Trombone
Dub Cornett Vocals
Denny Rice Piano
Fiddlin' Doc Roberts Fiddle
Trixie Smith Vocals
Hobo Jack Adkins Guitar, Vocals
Steve Sparkman Banjo
James Alan Shelton Guitar
Richie Stearns Banjo
Mark Fain Bass
James Price Fiddle
John Rigsby Mandolin
Ralph Stanley II Guitar, Vocals
Danny Ferrington Guitar
Chuck Tipton Guitar
Jason Burleson Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Jeffery Freeman Bass
Matt McElroy Claw Hammer Banjo
Chuck Rich Steel Guitar
Russell Moore Harmony
Gabriel Gordon Bass
Jamie Johnson Vocal Harmony
Allison Miller Drums
Roger Hall Banjo, Tenor (Vocal), Vocal Harmony
Orville J. Jenks Guitar, Vocals
Don Stanley Guitar, Vocals
John Kaparakis Guitar
Bill Airey Smith Bass, Choir, Chorus
Dale Jett Guitar, Vocals
James Caudill Leader, Vocals
Becky Buller Viola, Claw Hammer Banjo
Nick Stump Guitar, Vocals
Oscar Harris Mandolin
Edith Drake Guitar
Andy Hall Guitar (Resonator)
Chris Eldridge Guitar
Linda D. Williams Banjo, Vocal Harmony
Ned Beatty Vocals, Washtub Bass
Todd Meade Bass
Stanley Almon Keyboards
Mike Kline Guitar, Vocals
George Davis Guitar, Vocals
Rev. Joe Freeman Guitar, Vocals
W.V. Hill Vocals
Red Crummy Track Performer
Dave Edwards Bass
Steve Edwards Fiddle
Ed Hamlett Track Performer
Glen Harlow Mandolin
John Hutchison Guitar, Vocals
Teresa Jett Bass
Frank Joines Guitar
Rev. Sandra Jones Vocals
Anthony Keyes Vocals
Karen Jones Fiddle, Vocal Harmony
Jessica Lee Bass
Curley Lambert Mandolin
Technical Credits
Tom T. Hall Composer
Loretta Lynn Author
Merle Travis Composer, Author
Dwight Yoakam Composer, Author
Hazel Dickens Composer
Woody Guthrie Author
David Holt Photo Courtesy
Jean Ritchie Composer
Mike Seeger Photo Courtesy
David Castle Engineer
Dock Boggs Arranger
Aunt Molly Jackson Composer
Sarah Ogan Gunning Composer
Nimrod Workman Composer
Eric Anderson Composer
Candie Carawan Photo Courtesy
A.P. Carter Composer
John Cohen Photo Courtesy
George Cowan Engineer
Beverly D'Angelo Contributor
Lionel Delmore Composer
Doug Dorschug Engineer
Charles R. Freeland Producer
Jim Garland Composer
Randall Hylton Composer
Earl Palmer Cover Photo, Photo Courtesy
Sandy & Caroline Paton Engineer
Darrell Scott Composer
Tim Stafford Composer, Author
Paula Wolak Engineer
Jack Wright Audio Production
Dub Cornett Producer
Trixie Smith Composer
Jerry Salley Composer
Todd Vos Engineer
Helen Lewis Photo Courtesy
Archie Green Author
Alan Maggard Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Vocal Overdubs
Joe "Flip" Wilson Author
Traditional Composer
Jeff Kiser Engineer
Russell Lee Photo Courtesy
Orville J. Jenks Composer, Author
George Korson Engineer
Earl Dotter Photo Courtesy
Becky Buller Composer
Florence Reece Composer
Earl Sykes Composer
Doug Yarrow Photo Courtesy
Linda D. Williams Producer
Jon Lohman Author
Lanita Adkins Photo Courtesy
Gene Carpenter Composer
Dorothy Myles Composer
Ron Short Composer
Rev. Joe Freeman Author
W.V. Hill Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Elder Elwood Cornett Author
Kenny Fannon Photo Courtesy
Sally Sturgill-Gibson Photo Courtesy
Trula M. Goostree Photo Courtesy
Gardiner Harris Author
Paul Kuczko Executive Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Appalachian Essential

    I have to say this is one of the best compilations of music about a subject ever. I probably should have bought two of these because I may wear the first one out.

    The compilers have done a masterful job of assembling vintage performances with modern ones. I applaud them for rescuing some of these old songs. The modern performances are fresh and strong.

    More amazingly, perhaps, are the range of emotions covered here. I think most would expect a compilation of coal songs to be dreary, sad and angry. These emotions are present but so many more aspects are covered as well: love for family, for the lure of the mines, and for a way of life. Ron Short tells of the Battle of Blair Mountain, a little known episode in American history.

    Some of the performers are professionals, well known in the music field; others are just starting out. I defy anyone to listen to Molly Slemp's rendetion of West Virginia Mining Disaster and not be moved. This young lady is an incredible talent and should have her own CD. Jean Ritchie, Dale Jett, Ralph Stanley, Dock Boggs, the Carter Family, Ron Short, Blue Highway, Tom T. Hall and many more lend their talents to songs from the classic (Dark As A Dungeon, Sixteen Tons, Prayer of a Miner's Child, Which Side Are You On) to the new (Coal Dust Kisses, You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive, In Those Mines).

    If you have any interest in Appalachian music or folk music in general, you should buy this. It doesn't get any better than this cd.

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