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Watch Jimmy Rose’s encore performance of “Coal Keeps The Lights On”

This video is of Jimmy Rose’s encore performance of “Coal Keeps The Lights On” on America’s Got Talent. Jimmy, a Pineville native, is one of six finalists heading into tonight’s season eight finale, where he’ll perform with another country music superstar before the winner is announced.

The live finale airs at 9:00 ET on NBC.

Go Jimmy.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

25 Comments for Watch Jimmy Rose’s encore performance of “Coal Keeps The Lights On”

  1. Coach
    8:07 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink

    Poor writing, mediocre singing. Yep. Pretty much fits in with the rest of the industry.

  2. Coal Keeps The Water Dirty
    8:16 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink

    *fart noise* Garbage.

  3. Jon Hamlyn
    8:24 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink

    Gotta love those Big Ass Fans in the back ground !

    8:41 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink


  5. Wildcatsteeler
    8:42 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink

    I guess he’s hedging his bets by kissing up to big coal. Should this not work out they have plenty of cash to sponsor him. Or at very least buy that terrible song for their commercials.
    Here’s some more song idea’s for him;
    1.”Coal forces me take the day off without pay to go to a Republican Rally”
    2.”Coal tells me who to vote for”
    3.”Coal dumps slurry in our water supply”
    4.”Coal destroyed the environment in our county then the state takes that reparations money to renovate a basketball stadium in another county”
    5.”Black lung keeps me a’coughin”

  6. Coach
    8:48 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink

    #4 what does that have to do with anything?

  7. hersheyisabear
    9:12 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink

    I thought Obama kept the lights on??

  8. kes
    9:39 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink

    jesus, that’s just awful

  9. Teachable Mo'
    9:42 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink

    Coal spreads mercury and heavy metals and is more radioactive than a nuclear power plant. It’s a horrifying energy source. Even if weren’t destroying the landscape, polluting the water sheds of Appalachia, and killing us from AGW.

    And, what’s ironic, it’s plummeting in financial significance in the state. All while everyone is puckering up to smooch it’s heinie.

  10. bosshog
    10:08 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, ole’ Jimmy is definitely one of the things that keeps people scratching there heads when I tell them where I am “based” when I’m travelling around on business. People expect you to say New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles….oh, Lexington…in Kentucky….where the sun orbits the earth. I love my city and my state….but not going to be living down these legitimate stereotypes anytime soon.

  11. Tampa Satchel
    10:27 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink

    Coal may keep the lights on, but it also helps keep the poverty on by dominating an entire region economically and decimating that same region environmentally. I have no beef with those who worked in the mines, as they had little choice, but they also paid the price with health problems and shortened life spans, yet many still are apologists for the industry that killed them and many of the neighbors.

  12. friends of Coal
    10:49 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink

    I see some people are highly uneducated about the facts about coal. The epa regulates runoff from mines. It is not like it was 50 years ago. Coal, if done right, is a clean and useful form of energy. the strip mines in my county have created miles of useable land where wildlife thrive. We have the largest elk herd east of the Mississippi thanks to Coal. The Airport we have in our county is because of coal. The reclammation efforts have created beautiful accessible scenery all over eastern kentucky where whitetail deer rome and have plenty to eat. Say what you want about coal, but educate yourself about the facts first. I am thankful for coal. It gives most of the people in my area a way of life to feed their children and has allowed for development of our region that would have never happened without it. Come to Eastern Kentucky and watch a sunset or sunrise on a reclaimed mine site, you will be

  13. Jen
    10:56 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink

    9 & 11. Well said. This tactless poor excuse for a song is easily one of the most embarrassing and blatant pieces of awful propaganda that I’ve ever heard. The people behind it are plainly so cynical and contemptuous of Kentuckians for them to roll out this malarkey and expect people not only to think it’s genuine but to enjoy it also. It’s insulting.

    Mercury pollution, insane amounts of carbon dioxide, and the destruction of our mountains and streams are no joke, people, and for this alleged singer, who has no talent, to perpetuate a vile stereotype is just revolting.

  14. Jen
    10:59 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink

    12. You’re a liar and not even a convincing one. When it’s mountain-top removal mining there is no reclaiming a mountain that’s been completely destroyed. A mountain that took millions of years to create gone for the profit of people who rarely even step in the state. The pathetic lies of little pissant “friends of coal” are a sorry substitute for irreplaceable mountains.

  15. Jen
    11:01 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink

    12. “Feed their children.” Don’t tell anyone to get the facts when you spout such illiterate garbage.

  16. joybrian
    11:27 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink

    At Coach: you make it seem like coal is all bad. A lot of people depend on it for what they have. Sure you might have more industry down state, and I’ll bet not all of it is good. #12 is right, come and see some of the good coal has done for this part of the state. A lot of that money even goes down your direction. Maybe you should check it out sometime,you might like it.

  17. Coach
    11:53 pm September 18, 2013 Permalink

    Joybrian I said nothing about coal. The industry I was referring to is the music industry. He could sing rain keeps the ground wet and it would still be horrible. He’s not a talented singer and his song writing is Sophmorish at best. I’m not sure I would even call it that. And by the way I’m originally from Hazard.

  18. Old Cat
    12:55 am September 19, 2013 Permalink

    12 is right on target. Most people do not know a strip mine from a drift mine and don’t know lump of coal from from a lump of charcoal. Go to eastern Kentucky and see exactly what reclaimed land looks like. And for that Prius you drive, try running it without coal.

  19. grumpycat
    3:08 am September 19, 2013 Permalink

    He seems like a nice guy. He’s got a good voice and the song isn’t as bad as people are making it to be, but it’s sad to see someone fooled to the big coal propaganda. The friends of coal campaign is a brilliant move by the coal industry. The reality is coal companies care nothing for their workers or the people in the communities they live in. Every time people die in the mines you find out the companies were breaking safety regulations. The coal companies have unimaginable wealth meanwhile east ky is one of the poorest areas in the nation. It breaks my heart.

    Friends of coal miners and the mountains, not of coal.

  20. Teachable Mo'
    9:03 am September 19, 2013 Permalink

    Mountain top removal is so beautiful I can hardly catch my breath.

  21. Joy brain
    9:43 am September 19, 2013 Permalink

    At Coach, my bad, I misinterpreted your statement.

  22. Joybrian
    9:48 am September 19, 2013 Permalink

    Oops, JOYBRIAN

  23. friends of coal
    10:57 pm September 19, 2013 Permalink

    14 and 15, Call me illiterate if you like, Reclaimed mine sites are beautiful. If you dont believe me come see. I bet you have never stepped in Eastern, Ky. Educate yourself before you spout off your liberal talking points. Mining has came a long way in the pat 50 years. I live in Coal country and am thankful for what coal has done for our region. The positives far outweigh the negatives. Go back to typing on your computers in your mom and dads basement. Our POOR Mountains have usable profitable real estate, where airports, golf courses, housing developments, businesses and sports complexes have been built thanks to coal. Call me a liar if you like, but the truth is the truth. P.S. IF I WAS ILLITERATE, I COULDNT READ YOUR GARBAGE. I need to get off this page before I lose anymore IQ points. Liberals just dont understand.

  24. friends of coal
    11:00 pm September 19, 2013 Permalink

    21, Wait a few years when that site is reclaimed. You will not be disappointed.