Jason Tyler Burton’s having a busy Summer – he’s just played at Montana’s Red Ants Pants Music Festival, and has a new album ‘Kentuckian‘ all ready to go on September 6th. This here’s the first single from it – a fully realised story of an 85 year old Appalachian coal miner looking at the remains of his life in a world that’s heading for carbon neutrality and doesn’t want coal any more. As desperation descends the only thing left to do is exit the best he can.
Why ‘Kentuckian‘ ? Well Jason Tyler Burton was born in Michigan but raised in Kentucky – although he’s now a resident of Wyoming. It’s the state he thinks of as his home-state though that has inspired him to write songs that capture the complexities of life in modern America.
Photograph : Erica Chambers