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Published: 2011/06/28

Great American Taxi Support WV Mining Ecology

Great American Taxi has released the new single “Blair Mountain” in an attempt to raise awareness about the damage that coal companies are doing to national landmark Blair Mountain in West Virginia. This single—which is available as an mp3 through their official website—was recorded in May with producer/songwriter Todd Snider. West Virginia Music Hall of Fame member Tim O’Brien plays banjo and fiddle on the track.

“I wrote the song “Blair Mountain” to try and do my part to let people know about what we as working people stand to lose if Blair Mountain is destroyed,” says Great American Taxi’s Vince Herman. “As the grandson of a proud union miner, and former resident of the mountain state, this struggle connects deeply. The coal wars are not over in this country as whole communities are destroyed, water tables ruined and mountains bombed daily in what has become a national sacrifice zone to the interests of the coal companies. I hope that his song may help get us closer to ending the destruction of the most diverse forests in America.”

Herman also encourages fans to get involved in this issue by supporting the Sierra Club’s petition to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to make Blair Mountain off limits to mining. Great American Taxi will back Snider at New Braunfels, TX’s Whitewater Amphitheatre on July 2.


There are 3 comments associated with this post

Ivette June 28, 2011, 21:05:47

What a barbaric practice mountain top removal truly is. Evil and destructive to the core. There has to be better alternatives, but to the mining companies this must be the cheapest and easiest way to make their money. Glad my CA utility only gets 7% of its power from coal-fired power plants.

Wilma Steele June 29, 2011, 09:30:05

I want to thank Great American Taxi for all you have done to save Blair Mountain! I was on the steering committee for the march, When I heard Vince Herman sin American Soul and dedicate it to Blair Mountain organizers – I cried. It was so beautiful! Thanks so much.
Wilma Lee Steele

Sarah Vekasi June 29, 2011, 12:06:35

Thank you for using music to lift up Blair Mountain! This mountain is one of so many in central Appalachia at risk of destruction from mountaintop removal coal mining, and the fact that it is the mountain where over 10,000 coal miners fought for the right for an eight hour work day and for collective bargaining rights in a bloody battle is reason above any for Blair Mountain to be saved. I was an eco-chaplain in our 50 mile march to Blair Mountain in early June and was so glad Vince Herman marched with us and that the pressure is on to save this mountain. You can learn more at: Or my description of the march at Thanks for the music!
Sarah Vekasi

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