Jean Ritchie – Black Waters

Jean Ritchie is considered the “mother of folk music.” From Kentucky, she has an amazing life story (14 siblings in a one-room Kentucky home, eventually singing with other folk heroes such as Woody Guthrie, obtaining a university education and becoming a folk song historian…).

Black Waters is a poetic, early environmental song protesting strip mining, from the 1950s. Ritchie fantasizes about buying out the mining company to save the land where she was born.


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