Here’s a great version of the Joe Hill tune, The Preacher and the Slave, performed by John McCutcheon and found on Joe Hill’s Last Will, released May 2015 (audio only). See the image below for lyrics, credits and background info.
The album’s an uplifting, inspiring musical journey that should become an essential piece of any serious American music collection.
The Preacher and the Slave is a particular favorite whose catchy chorus tends to stick around for a while.
McCutcheon and company bring Hill’s tunes masterfully back to life, illustrating along the way just how influential much of this music has been on folk music specifically and American history more broadly.
Here’s a link to the nifty lyrics, background info and credits as well.
The 100th anniversary of Hill’s November 19, 2015 execution by a Utah firing squad is coming up soon.