“The Coal Comes Up” is the first single from Grant Maloy Smith’s album Appalachia: American Stories. Released 28 May 2021, the song describes the life of a coal miner, looking through his eyes. He’s old and broken up now after a life of dangerous work, but he’s not bitter or asking for pity. On the contrary, he’s proud that his work provided a stable family life. Without coal, America could not have been built. Mixed by Jeff Silverman (Palette Records, Nashville), the immersive single is available in 5.1 FLAC, Dolby Atmos MP4, Dolby Atmos WAV, and 3D binaural MP3 and WAV formats.
Grant Maloy Smith is a Billboard Top 10 recording artist, IMC Hall of Fame inductee, and MusicRow Country Breakout charting songwriter of American roots music. Whether he’s playing with a full band or performing solo, audiences are enthralled by his meaningful songs and his sense of humor. A true trailblazer, Smith went hundreds of feet into a coal mine in Harlan County, Kentucky in order to shoot a video to accompany this song. His dedication to authenticity is on full display in this immersive single.