On Monday, March 14 COAL COUNTRY was honored to be part of Woodsongs, hosted by Michael Johnathon.
This special event featured Emmylou Harris and Darrell Scott and focused on the issue of mountain top removal mining. It was filmed before an audience of 1200 at the Lexington Opera House in KY.It will also be heard on the Woodsongs Radio Show. To find out when you can get this program, go to their web site at http://www.woodsongs.com.
Emmylou and Darrell, and many other artists, donated their time and talent to performing songs that honored the Appalachian people. To hear Emmylou speak so passionately about her love of Appalachia and then hear her sing “The Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia” was incredible. Darrell sang his song, “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” which took on an even deeper meaning when he talked about how he had seen MTR from a plane and how it was destroying the lives of people living in the coal fields.
The show also featured me along with John Adams, who recently was awarded a National Medal of Honor, and his wife Patricia. Long-time environmentalists, they discussed the cultural and environmental impact of MTR with Michael. Photographs from COAL COUNTRY also helped tell the story of how these beautiful mountains are being leveled and our virgin streams buried forever.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this event happen, especially Michael and the Woodsongs volunteers.
It was a night to remember!