’16 Tons’ is a harsh story that reminds us of the work of the miners down in the mine shafts. While the work itself is manly enough this singer gives it epic proportions with his deep masculine voice.
Probably the most known song about the life, trials, and tribulations of the coal miners came from under the pen of Merle Travis. He based it on miners’ lives in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, US.
Travis recorded the song in 1946. It only became a number-one hit on Billboard’s Country Music Charts in 1955 when Tennessee Ernie Ford made another version of it.
The song ’16 Tons’ became hugely popular with singers such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Bo Diddley, Tom Jones, and many more
An incredibly talented bass singer Geoff Castellucci made his version of it. Using miner’s tools as accompaniment while performing it A Capella is a genius decision.
And while he with his awe-inspiring low voice sings: ‘I owe my soul to the company store’, we hope his astounding talent will get him much further than the store’s threshold.