This is a great review of the Blair Pathways CD that we just received from songwriter/rabble-rouser David Rovics:
“This is the best compilation CD I’ve heard in years.  What a fantastic collection of songs and instrumentals that powerfully evoke the epic conflict in the West Virginia mines as well as the rich cultural traditions of Appalachian music.  The CD is one that any lover of Appalachian music and history will cherish for a long time.  And check out the website — the interactive map is brilliant, and it’s full of information on the contemporary struggle to save historic Blair Mountain.”

Here’s one from Travis Stimeling, Assistant Professor of Music at Millikin University:

“What a remarkable CD! It came in yesterday’s mail, and I can’t quit listening to it. I’m so impressed with the breadth of material you’ve presented, the top acts you’ve recruited to participate, and the representation you’ve given to the various communities who populated the southern WV coalfields.”
Thanks to everyone who is taking the time to give us reviews!
Also, a reminder that there is educational material out there for folks who’d like to get Blair Mountain’s history into the classroom!
Check out these middle-school lesson plans on the Journey Up Coal River website! I will be developing high-school level plans later this year.

 

 

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