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Steve Earle & The Dukes – Ghosts of West Virginia (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Steve Earle & The Dukes – Ghosts of West Virginia (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 29:45 minutes | 646 MB | Genre: Country
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © New West Records

Ghosts of West Virginia centers on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed twenty-nine men in that state in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in American history. When asked about what drove him to craft his deeply evocative new album, Steve Earle says, “I thought that, given the way things are now, it was maybe my responsibility to make a record that spoke to and for people who didn’t vote the way that I did,” he says. “One of the dangers that we’re in is if people like me keep thinking that everybody who voted for Trump is a racist or an asshole, then we’re fucked, because it’s simply not true. So this is one move toward something that might take a generation to change. I wanted to do something where that dialogue could begin.”

On April 5, 2010, the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, owned by coal giant Massey Energy, was destroyed in an explosion. A total of 29 miners were killed in what was the worst mining disaster in America for 40 years. While the CEO should have spent the rest of his life behind bars for violating the safety regulations that protected his employees, he was only faced with a fine and a few months in prison. Worse still, he then went into politics. Ten years on, who remember the victims? Well, Musician Steve Earle certainly does. The Pope of Americana has even dedicated his 2020 release to the tragedy which has now been turned into a play called Coal Country by playwrights Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen. The duo asked Earle to write songs for the show, some of which can be found here along with several other compositions. With that unmistakable gruff voice and a roots approach that mixes country, rock, folk, bluegrass and blues, his music just got a whole lot more impressive here and is at times moving, particularly when he recites the names of the 29 workers who lost their lives on It’s About Blood. As always with Steve Earle, anti-capitalist activism is at the heart of his art. But he wanted to use his music for something meaningful here and hopes it will change the minds of Trump voters, who currently make up 68% of the electorate in West Virginia. “Given the way things are now, it was maybe my responsibility to make a record that spoke to and for people who didn’t vote the way that I did. One of the dangers that we’re in is if people like me keep thinking that everyone who voted for Trump is a racist or an asshole, then we’re fucked, because it’s simply not true. I wanted to speak to people that didn’t necessarily vote the way that I did, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything in common. We need to learn how to communicate with each other. And the way to do that — and to do it impeccably —is simply to honour those guys who died at Upper Big Branch”. And impeccably he does it, for as an accomplished troubadour in American mythology, Steve Earle knows just how to avoid that cumbersome, unnatural feel that music often has when there’s a “message” behind it. Needless to say, this is one of the most powerful albums he has ever written. – Marc Zisman

Tracklist:

01. Heaven Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
02. Union, God and Country
03. Devil Put the Coal in the Ground
04. John Henry was a Steel Drivin’ Man
05. Time is Never on Our Side
06. It’s About Blood
07. If I Could See Your Face Again
08. Black Lung
09. Fastest Man Alive
10. The Mine

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