John Mellencamp “Dark as a Dungeon” for NatGeo Doc “From the Ashes”

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30 June 2017 | Clizbeats

Today, John Mellencamp journeys into the darkness of coal mining life in his reverent cover of Merle Travis’ 1946 song “Dark as a Dungeon,” recorded in support of National Geographic’s acclaimed documentary about the mining industry, “From The Ashes.”

In 1946, singer-songwriter Merle Travis wrote “Dark as a Dungeon” to describe the harsh and dangerous conditions that coal miners experienced every day.

John Mellencamp recorded a special version of the song in support of the From the Ashes, a new documentary presented by National Geographic Documentary Films about the legacy and future of the coal industry in the U.S. To learn more about the film and how you can support coal dependent communities visit www.fromtheashesfilm.com

“From the Ashes,” an official selection at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, explores the legacy and future of the U.S. coal industry. The film premiered June 25th on National Geographic. The film will be available commercial-free and unauthenticated via YouTube, Facebook, Hulu, Amazon, Google Play and VOD and elsewhere.

On The CrowdRise Campaign:  America’s transition away from coal and towards cleaner energy is bringing health and economic benefits to communities across the country, with nearly 350,000 Americans working in the solar and wind industries alone. And while new jobs in clean energy are dispersed around the country, coal-dependent regions face acute job losses that harm families and depress local economies as the industry shrinks. Rather than relying on empty promises from Washington, communities are coming together to create new jobs and a sustainable future that does not rely on coal. Let’s help coal communities as America makes the transition to cleaner energy.

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