Jake Kohn Pens Song Tragically Detailing 1902 Mining Disaster, “Fraterville, TN”

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Musical Moonshine Media

The way Jake Kohn writes… HOT DANG.

We’ve said it before and will keep yelling it from the mountaintop, but Jake Kohn is wise and talented beyond his years when writing songs. Often evoke emotions from deep within. Last week, Kohn dropped the killer single “Hard As Stone,” which delivers heartbreaking lyrics, but after revisiting this unreleased track, Kohn will punch you in the face with these devastating lyrics. He does sad country music too well.

Shot with Musical Moonshine Media as part of their “Laurel Cove Sessions,” Kohn details the tragic mining tragedy from Fraterville, TN.

The Fraterville, TN, mining incident happened on May 19, 1902, near the rural community. Records show that this is the worst mining disaster in Tennessee history. In the early hours of the morning, a coal dust explosion caused deadly methane gas to fill the shaft and flow through the mouth of the mine. 190 miners were killed instantly, and the remaining 26 miners went deeper into the passage, barricading themselves from the toxic gas. Sadly, they died of asphyxiation, transcribing notes to their families and loved ones on the walls of the mine before their passing.

122 years later, the town still recalls the tragic event that wiped out a generation’s worth of miners.

“Letters were retrieved from the miners to their wives and families, and I tried to encapsulate the feelings of the letters into a song. And I ended up with this song, ‘Fraterville, TN.'”

The acoustic ballad examines the heartbreaking final thoughts that these miners must’ve had as they knew their lives would soon come to a tragic ending. The lyrics are gut-wrenching as these miners work through their final goodbyes.

“Won’t you care for the children, keep them all fed
Soon my dear, I will be dead…”

After the miner has accepted his fate, the lyrics move to him pleading for more time.

The lyrics are the shining light of the track, and the melody that Kohn has paired when tells a complete story. The guitar riffs highlight the lulls in thoughts that the man has as he writes his goodbye and pauses as he feels he experiences a wide array of emotions. Every piece of the composition is so well thought out, showcasing the artistry that Kohn possesses.

This one will make you cry, but it beautifully honors and pays remembrance to the tragic events that occurred on that May day in “Fraterville, TN.”

Jake Kohn Tour Dates


24-25 – Key West, FL @ Mile 0 Festival


4 – Prestonsburg, KY @ Mountain Arts Center *
5 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom *


9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern #
10 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall #
11 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz #
12 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte #
14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
22 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club #

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