Only A Miner


Coal Creek, northwest of Knoxville TN, is a tributary of the Clinch River, and mining led to the founding of a town with the same name.  The Coal Creek Rebellion of 1891 was the inspiration for Uncle Dave Macon’s “Buddy Won’t You Roll Down The Line,” as well as numerous versions of “Coal Creek March,” and several other songs. 

“Coal Creek March” by Marion Underwood.

Recorded April 27, 1927, Richmond, IN.



“Only A Miner: Studies in Recorded Coal-Mining Songs,” by Archie Green (University of Illinois Press, 1972)


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