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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
Christopher Cook


  1. Susan Beyer says:


  2. Tonya says:

    Yeah, Jimmy! You’re making us proud.

  3. mlhall46 says:

    It seems as if Jimmy has votes in almost all the states today.  Knowing him and the life he lives makes me  proud to say he is from my hometown.  He has represented so many with his song, Coal Keeps The Lights on.  It has brought world wide recognition of what is happening here in the US.  Our miners are and have always been mining, working hard and feeding their families.  I don’t understand how with our economy as it is that President Obama is willing to take jobs away from men just trying to keep food in their children’s mouth.  This energy source has been placed on the front burner in Washington with the politicians.  Jimmy is raising the roof with the true words about life in these beautiful mountains and the hard working people that live here.  Our miners aren’t standing in food stamp lines, they are not standing in line at the unemployment office.  You goal was to create jobs without loosing the jobs we have.  Sadly that has not happened in the Obama administration. as many things promised have not come to pass. Jimmy we are so proud to be standing behind you, willing to do what it takes to have the world see what ONE young man can do.  God Bless you Jimmy and God please forgive our country for the wrongs that have not been made right.  We welcome you back into our country as we did in years past.  God Bless this great country and we are so thankful to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.  We need more prayer and leadership to get America back on track, back where we allowed the majority to rule, not appease the minority allowing them to take away so many of our freedoms with the stroke of your name written on the laws of our land President Obama.

    1. @mlhall46 Obama is willing to take jobs away from coal mining families for a simple reason: he doesn’t care about you at all. Your problems are of no concern to him. He is taking expensive vacations and gaining the support of his radical buddies. That, and your tax money, and your continued obedience, are all he requires.

    2. @mlhall46 By the way, we have not been following AGT this year. How is it going? How many are left/ Is Jimmy Rose still in it, and has he done some more great songs recently?

  4. coalregion says:

    I’m a miner in pa anthracite from sago wv….I’m with ya all the way…keep on supporting the few of us left

    1. @coalregion You got it, and thanks. And if anyone among you would like to write about your situation, you have a forum here. Feel free to have them submit a letter to the editor to hotspot~at~westernfreepress~dot~com

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