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by Jack Wright

The idea for a collection of mining songs from the Southern Appalachian coalfields came from Paul Kuczko, director of the Lonesome Pine Office on Youth (LPOY).  An agency of the Wise County government, LPOY takes on projects that have a local and regional focus, utilizing indigenous talent and resources whenever possible.  Previously, with his staff and students in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, Paul had produced two photography books featuring historical images from Virginia's Lee and Wise counties.  While planning a third book of photographs dealing with bituminous coal camps around Southwest Virginia, Kuczko got the idea to include a CD set of coal mining music along with the text and pictures ~ a project he referred to as Music of Coal ~ inspired by and in honor of the Wise County Sesquincentennial celebration of 2006.

Having grown up in Wise County, Virginia, and having spent many years as a musician, songwriter, record producer and student of Appalachian culture, it was with considerable delight that in 2005 I accepted an invitation from the Lonesome Pine Office to produce this CD project.   more ...


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