Long-ago labor organizer Joe Hill used music to make his point. Now his music is central to a biographical play about Hill's life, which returns to Sonoma County this weekend, with singer-songwriter John McCutcheon in the title role.
In his biography of Joe Hill, The Man Who Never Died, author William Adler theorizes that Hill foresaw that his death might help to spread his pro-labor message, and ensure his legacy. It's an interesting speculation, says McCutcheon.
John McCutcheon will perform the one-man musical play, Joe Hill's Last Will Sunday evening at 7:30 at the Sebastiani Theater in downtown Sonoma. Tickets and information here. See below for the title track from his new CD with the same name. This is McCutcheon's setting of the last lyric Hill wrote before his execution in November 1915.