JP Talks More about Bluegrass and Blues and Sings the Coal Report

In this hump day edition of the Folk Labor Desk, JP continues a discussion he started in last week’s Lunch Pail about the relationship between blues and bluegrass music, accompanied by guitar and mandolin. He also talks about the unionizing efforts at Law360, where over 80 percent of the workers are supporting the #law360union. This episode features a section called “The Coal Report” dedicated to one of JP’s friends, Zac Hendrickson, who is employed in the deep dark hills of Eastern Kentucky, in Pineville. JP then rides out on his mule playing the mandolin.

(For audio only, check it out on Soundcloud.)


About the Author

Mike Elk
A protege of Bill Greider, Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered Lula & the drug war in Brasil and spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian. In 2016, he used his NLRB settlement from being fired illegally for union organizing at Politico to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. The son of retired United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he was once described as an "abrasive gadfly" by the New York Times for his role in exposing sexual misconduct in the labor movement. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Email: [email protected]

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