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 who covered everything from Lula & the Brazilian labor movement to major league baseball. He spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian and was labeled by the New York Times as an "abrasive gadfly" for exposing within the labor movement. Raised in a UE union family in Pittsburgh, Elk was illegally for union organizing at Politico in 2015 and used his NLRB settlement to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and is fluent in both Pittsburghese and Portuguese, which he learned when attending journalism school at PUC-Rio de Janerio. Email: [email protected]

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