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Ain’t We Brothers

Ain’t We Brothers: Staying in Appalachia, NPR profiles Virginia-born-turned-Kentuckian picker Sam Gleaves. They talk about his new release, “Ain’t We Brothers,” folk tradition, activism and being openly gay in rural America, which he says is progressing where LGBT issues are concerned.

I think people tend to think that LGBTQ identities are more silenced in rural areas, but there’s been so much change. There’s been so many people that have come forward and decide to be open and live in rural communities openly that things have really changed. Also, I think traditional music and traditional art really appeals to queer people, because in a lot of ways it’s the music of a struggle; it’s the music of people who have fought against oppression.

To wit, the title track tells the true story of Sam Williams nee Hall, an openly gay miner in West Virginia who fought discrimination in the mines and won.

ays Gleaves:

That’s what I believe, is that regardless of what struggles they’re going through, people in the human race have a common thread, which they can either decide to take a hold of or they can let it divide them.

So we can lift each other or we can fuss about coffee cups.

“Ain’t We Brothers” debuts today.