It’s based around the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed 29 men in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in America’s history. Earle was approached by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen – the playwrights responsible for Coal Country, a theatre piece about the disaster – to create this piece of art.
In the play, Earle features as “a Greek chorus with a guitar” who is on stage for the entire performance, offering personal, historical and social context through seven of these songs.
In true Earle style, Ghosts Of West Virginia is a wholehearted, outspoken voice of the people.
Ghosts Of West Virginia by Steve Earle & the Dukes is out now via New West Records.
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