Charlie McCoy On Mountain Stage

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Charlie McCoy leads the WV Super Pickers on Mountain Stage.

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Set List

  • "You Were Always on My Mind"
  • "Take the New River"
  • "Cold Cold Heart"
  • "Orange Blossom Special"

West Virginia native Charlie McCoy has been a mainstay on the Nashville music scene for well over 30 years. He's contributed his harmonica, and other instruments, to countless recordings by virtually every classic country artist, including George Jones ("He Stopped Loving Her Today") and Roy Orbison ("Candy Man"). In addition to 35 albums of his own, McCoy played bass guitar and vibes on Bob Dylan's Nashville recordings, including Nashville Skyline and John Wesley Harding. McCoy was inducted into the WV Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

In this performance, McCoy leads a group of musicians called the WV Super Pickers, including fellow West Virginians Wayne Moss (guitar) and Russ Hicks (steel guitar), who themselves have appeared on hundreds of Nashville sessions. They're joined here by Roger Hicks on keyboards, Steve Sparks on drums and Michael Lipton on electric guitar.

"Take the New River," not heard on the radio broadcast, was written by Carl Vipperman and James Blackman about a moonshiner's daughter and the boy who loves her.

This Mountain Stage Performance was originally published on July 16, 2010.



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