Blue and Green in Black and White
One of the rare socially conscious blue collar song-writers working today Mike Stout continues to be a passionate troubadour for worker safety, economic justice, and a clean environment.
Outstanding tracks on the album include the rousing foot stomping Irish chorus workers unity anthem “One Big Union”, and the up tempo banjo and fiddle bluegrass picket line rallying cry “One Day Longer”. In a cool down home blues tune Mike laments about his woeful painful ordeal with kidney stones on Kidney Stone Blues. The gentle Johnny Cash style country flavored “You’re Never Gonna Fall As Long As You Hold On to Me” is illustrated with outstanding classic crying slide guitar. Over the past decade an average of 129 workers per year have died in road construction accidents. Operating Engineers Local 66 commissioned Stout to write the rocker “Keep ‘Em Safe and Alive” to urge the public to slow down and pay attention to highway construction workers.
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