Willie Dodson hails from rural southern Virginia where he learned to play bluegrass and old-time music as a teenager. Since 2002 he has traversed the south playing music and organizing students and youth to work for environmental justice, by developing solidarity-based relationships between young people and communities directly-impacted by Mountaintop Removal coal-mining. A key player in the development of networks across the south, Willie is a co-founder of Blue Ridge Earth First! and Mountain Justice, has served as an intern for Coal River Mountain Watch and the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, and worked as a campus organizer for the Southern Energy Network.


Joe Overton is from a small town on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, where he was exposed to Bluegrass and Old-time music from a young age. He recently graduated from Hiram College in Northeast Ohio, where he was a leader with the Student Environmental Action Coalition. Both on and off-campus, he has worked to link embattled communities in the coalfields to students and activists around the region. Joe is a four year veteran of Mountain Justice(MJ), and has worked as an organizer for the Rainforest Action Network, as a volunteer for the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards in Wise County, Virginia and United Mountain Defense and Earth First! in Tennessee.