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I Want To Go Where Things Are Beautiful

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"Nimrod Workman (born Martin County, Kentucky, 1895) was a coal miner, a union activist, and a gifted singer. After a slipped disc and black lung forced his retirement from the mines of Mingo County, West Virginia, where he had worked for 42 years, he became a sought-after performer and raconteur. Loquacious and mischievous, with the energy and intensity of a man half his age, he appeared on records, in films (Harlan County U.S.A. and Coal Miner's Daughter), across the folk festival circuit, and as a guest on The Tonight Show. In 1982, folklorist and musician Mike Seeger visited Nimrod at his home in Mascot, Tennessee, and with the support of an NEA Folk Arts grant, made nearly 18 hours of recordings of Workman's songs and stories. While those sessions provided the most extensive coverage of Nimrod's talent ever made, they went unissued. Come the late 1980s, Nimrod was in too poor of health to keep up his touring schedule, and he died at the age of 99 in 1994. I Want To Go Where Things Are Beautiful draws on Seeger's 1982 recordings of Nimrod Workman and gives the man his first LP release in 30 years, as well as his first-ever solo CD release. It showcases Workman's huge repertoire of songs, humorous and melancholy, sacred and sinful; it ranges from the old British ballads of 'Barbara Allen' and 'Lord Daniel' to Nimrod's own topical material, inspired by his experience as a miner and a card-carrying member of the UMWA. It's a long overdue portrait of a unique performer much loved and revered, but too often overlooked."