Union, God and Country: A Livestream Performance of Ghosts of West Virginia + Q&A
A free live concert performance of Steve Earle’s full album Ghosts of West Virginia, plus Q&A for the hardworking, never give up, one day longer sisters and brothers in the Labor Movement
On Friday, May 22 at 4 pm ET, Steve Earle will perform his new album Ghosts of West Virginia in its entirety live via Facebook and YouTube in tribute to those that have to go to work everyday to support their families and to make sure America runs – the nurses and laborers, the steelworkers and teachers, the public sector workers and tire-builders, the teamsters and the grocery clerks, the mineworkers and the academics.
Ghosts of West Virginia centers on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed twenty-nine men in that state in 2010, one of the worst mining disasters in American history. In ten deftly drawn, powerfully conveyed sonic portraits, Earle draws from interviews and testimonials from surviving miners and the families of those who died to explore the historical role of coal in rural communities and the union history of West Virginia’s mines.
Steve will be answering questions after the concert. You can submit questions during the event via Facebook and YouTube comments.
Steve Earle knows the value of working union in terms of health and safety, and wages and benefits. Most of all, he knows the voice of union labor; whether from the workers or the family of miners who have died, his songs show a true understanding of the “texture of their lives, the realities, and the significance of coal mining” in this often forgotten part of America.
For those that believe in democracy in our communities and workplaces, this concert is for you. Join us for this free, welcome-to-all concert. Solidarity Forever!