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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.

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