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The lead singer of 2/3 Goat is Annalyse McCoy, a native of Inez, Kentucky (in Martin County). Jeff Biggers has written about the band, which operates out of New York City now but who sing mostly about their home. (We first heard 2/3 Goat’s “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.”)

Here is a song they do about coal strip mining. The band writes about what this song means:

Coal has been king for over a hundred years in Appalachia. Taking rock from under the ground is one thing; but blowing up mountains, burying thousands of miles of freshwater streams, inciting flooding in areas where it’s never been a problem, and causing the highest cancer rates in the nation from industry runoff is another. Mountaintop removal also takes away more and more jobs from an area that desperately needs them. It’s time we take a stand. Our song and music video “Stream of Conscience” are focused on this very topic. Appalachia is rising.

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