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
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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