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December 30, 2009



Tom T. Hall wrote a very beautiful song about this, "Trip to Hyden."

Tony Oppegard

Greg G --
Thanks so much for posting these old songs! I am a collector of coal mining songs. I know about the Hyden Disaster (also called the "Hurricane Creek Disaster"), as I live in Kentucky and work in eastern Kentucky, but I'd never before heard the song that you posted by J.D. Jarvis. I also had never heard his cover version of "Don't Go To the Mines Today", which is a traditional song actually called "Dream of the Miner's Child", which has been performed by numerous artists (Doc Watson, Phyllis Boyens & Hazel Dickens, Johnson Mountain Boys, the Stanley Brothers, Ricky Skaggs & Keith Whitley ,Tim O'Brien, et al).
In any event, I'm wondering if there is some way I can get mp3 files of these songs from you to add to my collection? You can e-mail me at
Thanks and best wishes, Tony

Jade Leonard

This is great! I am an independent singer songwriter and I learn a lot from reading blogs like this - thanks so much for sharing.

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