In later years he advocated on behalf of black lung victims, and was able to receive union compensation for his own health problems in 1971. Following his retirement as a miner he became known as a folk singer, with frequent performances around Appalachia as well as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the 1982 World's Fair. In 1986 he was a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Workman recorded three albums: "Passing Thru the Garden", with his daughter Phyllis Boyens, which was released by June Appal Recordings in 1975. In 1978 he released "Mother Jones' Will" on the Rounder Records label. In 2008 was relased "I Want to Go Where Things Are Beautiful" on Drag City, that was recorded in 1982.
In addition he contributed songs to several albums of traditional and coal mining music. He was the subject of a documentary Nimrod Workman: To Fit My Own Category, produced by Appalshop Films, and appeared as himself in the documentaries Harlan County, USA, Chase the Devil: Religious Music of the Appalachians, and The Grand Generation. He is heard leading the singing of "Amazing Grace" in the funeral scene in Coal Miner's Daughter, which also featured Phyllis Boyens as Loretta Lynn's mother. He spent most of his life in Chattaroy, West Virginia, though in later years he lived in Mascot, Tennessee. He died in Knoxville, Tennessee at the age of 99. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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