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Format: CD
Sku: 211880025
UPC: 767758124623
UPC 14: 00767758124623
Release Date: 11/10/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Keys to the Kingdom - Ralph Stanley (previously unreleased) ~ Various Artists
2. Acony Bell - Gillian Welch ~ Various Artists
3. Big Coal River - Celeste Krenz (previously unreleased) ~ Various Artists
4. Beat on the Mountain - Jason & The Scorchers ~ Various Artists
5. Paradise - John Prine ~ Various Artists
6. Red Winged Blackbird - Kathy Mattea ~ Various Artists
7. Down In The Valley - Justin Townes Earle (previously unreleased) ~ Various Artists
8. In Her Veins - Jason Wilber ~ Various Artists
9. Leave Those Mountains Down (Ode to the Mountains) - (previously unreleased) ~ Various Artists
10. Which Side Are You On? - Natalie Merchant ~ Various Artists
11. Appalachia - Diana Jones/Diana Rogers ~ Various Artists
12. I'm a Coal Mining Man - Tom T. Hall ~ Various Artists
13. Angel From Montgomery - John Prine/Bonnie Raitt (live) ~ Various Artists
14. Canary - (previously unreleased) ~ Various Artists
15. Now Is the Cool of the Day - Jean Ritchie ~ Various Artists
16. Heaven - The Klezmatics ~ Various Artists
17. (It's A) Long Walk Home - Schuyler Fisk (previously unreleased) ~ Various Artists
18. Can't Put It Back (Wrecklamation Song) - (previously unreleased) ~ Various Artists
19. Blowin' In the Wind - Willie Nelson (previously unreleased) ~ Various Artists

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Recording information: Aria Crown Theatre, Chicago; Echo Park Studios, Bloomington, IN.
Muze PNote Authors: Chuck Nelson; Woody Harrelson.
Muze PNote Arranger: Jack Clift.
Muze PNote Coal Country Music is the audio companion to the Coal Country documentary film, which attempts to alert people to the dangers of "mountain top removal" coal mining. A process whereby the top of a mountain is blasted off for coal mining purposes, mountain top removal wreaks environmental havoc; the film and album are part of a grassroots effort to put a stop to it. A wide array of country and folk artists have answered the call to be part of this benefit album, and all the proceeds go to the cause. You get legends like Tom T. Hall, Willie Nelson, and John Prine, up-and-comers like Justin Townes Earle, and a sprinkling of little-known singers like Celeste Krenz and Schuyler Fisk. Some of the songs chosen are specific to the subject, like Hall's "I'm a Coal Mining Man," Krenz's "Big Coal River," and even John Prine's classic "Paradise." Others, like Willie Nelson's poignant, solo acoustic version of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," are more about the feeling, a general statement on injustices being perpetrated. Most importantly in the case of the album itself, though, the whole thing manages to hang together musically, as the folk, country, and bluegrass sounds of the contributors all feel connected. It's partly because of the subject matter, of course, but also because the disc seems to have been carefully curated and arranged to make sonic sense in addition to making a political point. If you want to get brought up to date on the issue at hand, you'd probably be better served by seeing the film, but even if you're just after an affecting American experience, Coal Country Music stands up well. ~ J. Allen

Producer: Jason Wilber (Compilation)

Engineer: Kevin Loyal

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/10/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 1246
Music Label Name Label : Liaison Records Dist.
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00767758124623

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