Jason and I travelled to Nashville, Tennessee recently to attend the NRDC “Music Saves Mountains” concert at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. The concert was held to focus attention on the issue of stopping Moutain Top Removal coal mining in Appalachia, and had a stellar cast of musicians performing at the concert, such as Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, Dave Matthews, Allison Krause, Patti Lovelace, Buddy Miller, Big Kenny Alpin, Kathy Mattea, Patti Griffin, and more.
We were honored to interview three of the musicians in the concert that day, Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea, and Big Kenny. And also on that trip to Nashville, we interviewed Mary Gauthier, at her home, and got to hear and record an up close concert in her living room. All three of these shows will be featured soon on PRX.
Jason and I have been active in the movement to stop MTR in Appalachia. We have found many new friends in West Virginia and beyond through a new movie called “Coal Country”, which you can see on the Discovery Network Planet Green throughout the yes. I am the webmaster for the movie website and blog, and Jason is the producer of a companion CD to the movie called “Coal Country Music”. You can buy both directly from a link on the website. The CD reached 12 on the Americana Music Charts, and comes complete with songs by Justin Townes Earle, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Merchant, Gillian Welch, Ralph Stanley, Tom T. Hall, and more!
Here’s a link to the movie site, so you can see the trailer, and we hope you will support the cause by buying the CD and, or DVD. All proceeds from the CD are going directly to the Alliance for Appalachia to stop Mountain Top Removal.