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Jimmy Rose on America’s Got Talent makes statement with ‘Coal Keeps the Lights On’

Posted: July 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm   /   by

Coal keeps the bills paid. Coal keeps the food on the spoon in my young’un’s mouth. 

Do you hear that, Barack Obama?

Here at Western Free Press, we’ve written at length about Obama and the EPA’s war on coal and coal workers, in these and other posts. It truly is radical, this assault on coal mining and coal energy. Radical and job-killing.

Jimmy Rose has a terrific voice and we wish him well in his competition. For the quality of his voice alone, the video below is worth a watch. But this is a political site, and we are pleased to see someone in the culture taking on Obama’s brutal assault on American lives and American jobs with this song about coal in Jimmy’s home town. This up-and-coming singer may or may not have meant this as a broadside against Obama directly, but it is certainly a shot across the bow of anyone who would wage a war on coal, the lifeblood of so many American towns.


Jimmy Rose looks at life a lot different after being away at war, so he’s chasing his dreams. See him sing his original song “Coal Keeps the Lights On” about the Kentucky coalmines that has his mom in tears and the Judges sending him to Las Vegas!


Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
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Jimmy Rose on America's Got Talent makes statement with 'Coal Keeps the Lights On'