The music of Devil In the Hills …
… tells stories that were kept hidden for decades.
This soulful Americana song cycle was inspired by recently discovered first-person accounts of life deep in West Virginia’s coalfields. A life that was dominated by the systemic oppression that kept miners and their wives under the thumb of coal companies and their henchmen. The album calls for a full reckoning, to bring an end to the generational trauma that continues today.
June 4th, 2021 is the official release date of Devil In The Hills: Coal Country Reckoning!
We were originally scheduled to release in summer 2020 to mark significant 100th anniversary events in 1920 that triggered the final fights for unionization in West Virginia’s coal country. The Covid-19 pandemic held us back, except for a pre-release of the CD in December 2020. But we are now on track for a summer 2021 release in recognition of the end of the WV Mine Wars, which took place in late August 1921 with The Battle of Blair Mountain.
Read more in our official press release: Press Release – April 14, 2021
What People Are Saying…
“… a living, breathing indictment about the hardships and cruelty of life in and around the mines. A good for you record that’s good for you in more than one way. Check it out.” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record
“This is really an amazing album. In a way it’s the way we learned about the underground railroad, which nobody really knew about until many years later. This is an expose… really well done.” – David Eisner, WOWD, Takoma Park Radio
“Mesmerizing… do yourselves a favor and buy the CD with the booklet and don’t just download.” – Vinnie Marini, host of MusicOnTheCouch.com
“Thanks for singing and writing the peoples’ truth. It’s moving to see what you’ve done with the stories you’ve heard and read. WV needs this. Unity!” – Michael & Carrie Kline, ‘Talking Across the Lines’
Help Us Keep The Stories Alive
Your purchase of the Devil In The Hills album and booklet package helps keep this important history alive. Your support helps us continue writing more songs as more stories are discovered.