Grassroots Appalachian Mountain Music
Here's to the Long Haul is born of the historic and ongoing movements for justice in Appalachia and beyond. Co-founders Willie Dodson and Joe Overton, along with guest musicians and activists, make up this Appalachian string band/teaching team. Their traditional arrangements celebrate the culture and life of the mountains while their original songs tell stories of everyday people living everyday lives and trying to stand up for what's right. In addition to musical performances, HttLH offers workshops and educational presentations on Mountain-top Removal coal-mining in Appalachia and a number of grassroots skills and methods. The band embodies a synthesis of artistic expression, grassroots activism and transformative education. When not on the road, Willie and Joe work on environmental and social justice campaigns and community projects in their home communities in Virginia and Tennessee.