Reagan Boggs to headline MOTSMusic On The Square’s weekly outdoor concert will feature Reagan Boggs and the Coal Men on Friday, June 15, at 7 p.m.
Boggs’ last album was released in 2007. She toured the West Coast in 2008 supporting the release of Right Now.
On July 18, 2009, after returning to the area, she gave birth to a baby boy named Parker. Boggs traded in her guitar case for a diaper bag and put music aside for time with her “Little Man.”
Being a native of Pound, Va., an area that is steeped in coal mining tradition, her roots have always inspired songs.
Even though she had temporarily stepped away from music, recent issues bringing negative attention to the coal industry compelled her to write again.
“The thing that bothered me most was the seeming lack of appreciation, or maybe just the lack of understanding,” she said. “I didn’t write it necessarily about pro-coal; I wrote it about having some appreciation for the men that work so hard in such difficult environments, what it means and has meant to our country and will for lifetimes. I wonder sometimes how much of our population, our youth, understands how our lives would be if these men weren’t making the sacrifices they do so we can have electricity and more.”
“Thank You (Miner’s Song)” is being released as a single to select areas. The composition has exploded something inside her that caused months of recording that led to a new 14-track compilation. The album doesn’t have a name yet, but is being recorded and produced again at Eastwood Studios in Nashville.
The concert, held on Main Street in front of the courthouse, is free and open to the public. For more information about MOTS, visit musiconthesquare.com or call 753-1010.