Abigail Washburn
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Hi Abigail, i heard an interview with you and Bela on NPR recently. During the interview you sang a verse of a song acapella.I missed the title of the song and the writer. The song was about the life of a coal miner from the wife's perspecitive. The last line of the potion you sang was encouraging coal miners to organize.
Can you give me the name of the song and writer? Have you recorded the song?


Abigail Washburn responded on 07/31/2018
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Come All Ye Coal Miners by Sarah Ogden Gunning. It was recorded on our most most recent album, Echo in the Valley.

Gunning was the wife and fighter of coal miners born in east Kentucky. She experienced a lot of hardships, including a mother and son who died of starvation because they were a family of workers, while the bosses and their families had what they needed or more. So she made her life's work to try and get coal miners and their families to organize so they could demand basic human rights. I perform it because, like with many songs from olden days, they are still relevant and point out patterns of human behavior that we need to think about how to transform into an energy that supports all lives rather than a few.

I believe she's basically saying that humans should treat other humans well.

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