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JoPo's new single a tribute to hard rock miners

Joanne Polack (who goes by her lifelong nickname, JoPo) and her husband PJ Larabie may both be musicians, but Larabie is also a safety rep at Vale's Creighton Mine, and works at the 8,000-foot level.
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JoPo and the RiZe recently released a single, Miners Town, dedicated to those who work underground. Supplied photo.

Joanne Polack (who goes by her lifelong nickname, JoPo) and her husband PJ Larabie may both be musicians, but Larabie is also a safety rep at Vale's Creighton Mine, and works at the 8,000-foot level.

“Some days he'll text me and say 'I'm going in the deep, love you,'” said JoPo.

As many Sudburians can attest, it's a bit of a nerve-wracking thing being the spouse of someone who works underground. There is, after all, inherent risk in descending so far beneath the surface of the planet. It really is another world down there.

That's why JoPo, who was born and raised in Sudbury, and does music therapy at a long-term care home for her day job, decided to write "Miners Town" as a tribute to the men and women who work underground.

“It's all about the world that's going on under our feet,” JoPo said. “It's pretty amazing how men and women in the industry can do this kind of dangerous work.”

The chorus is as follows: “I couldn't imagine not seeing the sun, it's gotta take a toll on their souls, these women and men working so hard, gotta take the time to recognize.”

JoPo and the band she formed last year — known as JoPo and the RiZe — recently released the song as a single. Q92 gave it some local airtime, so you might have heard it already.

It's a heck of a tune, blending blues, country and rock influences, as well as found sounds made by drills and socket wrenches to give it an industrial feel.