Mike Hellman is country and americana musician writing songs, putting out albums and playing gigs in Texas, California and beyond. But he also has organized with the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) for over a decade. He's been part of campaigns against Starbucks and Whole Foods a long time before the current campaigns against those corporate giants.
Flying solo, Scott talks with old friend and comrade Mike about music and labor politics. They discussed his campaign and organizing work with the Wobblies, thoughts on the current state of labor and how big unions and labor law formulated for the bosses hold the rank and file back.They also talk about his musical influences and inspiration, from hip hop to punk to Joe Hill. We then about his upcoming live gigs in California and his new album.
Mike Hellman (@MikeHellmanForReal) is a construction worker by day and a country and americana troubadour by night. He also has been an organizer with the Wobblies, Earth First! and various other radical causes.
Interlude- Mike Hellman "Someday" Outro- Mike Hellman "What I am"
Mike on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/mikehellmanforreal/
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This is a Green and Red Podcast (@PodcastGreenRed) production. Produced by Bob (@bobbuzzanco) and Scott (@sparki1969). “Green and Red Blues" by Moody. Editing by Isaac.