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JOHN MELLENCAMP COVERS “DARK AS A DUNGEON” FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARY “FROM THE ASHES” (FULL DOCUMENTARY INCLUDED)

(New York, NY June 30th, 2017) – 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.” See link to the song here and official music video featuring Mellencamp above. 

“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 unauthenticated on Natgeotv.com and Nat Geo TV Apps (iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Roku and Samsung Connected TVs). See a link to the full-length film below.

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“From The Ashes” (Full Documentary)

From: National Geographic

 

Throughout the folk tune – which Johnny Cash popularized on his iconic 1968 live album, At Folsom Prison – Mellencamp strums an acoustic guitar and sings in his signature baritone, “It’s dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew, where danger is double and pleasures are few,” backed by an accordion and tambourine tap. “Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines/ And it’s dark as a dungeon way down in the mines.”

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

Mellencamp released his 23rd studio album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies in April which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Americana/Folk Albums Chart, #3 on Top Rock Albums Chart and #5 on the Top Albums Chart. Don’t miss John Mellencamp on tour this summer as he heads to 22 stops across North America for his all-new Sad Clowns & Hillbillies tour kicking off on June 5th in Denver, Colorado with special guests, Emmylou Harris, tour-mate Carlene Carter and Lily & Madeleine. See the full tour itinerary and purchase tickets here.

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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