For a special road show recorded in partnership with the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance in Bristol, Tenn./Va., Mountain Stage brought along a hometown favorite, singer-songwriter John Lilly. The editor of West Virginia's treasured Goldenseal magazine since 1997, Lilly plays music that recalls the sounds of a different era. Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called his 2000 release Broken Moon one of the "most unusual and interesting acoustic discs of the year," and his 2005 album Blue Highway was a collaboration with legendary Tennessee fiddler Ralph Blizard.
Lilly's Haunted Honky Tonk featured a guest spot by slide-guitar phenomenon Sonny Landreth, and topped both the Freeform American Roots (FAR) and Euro Americana radio charts. His current release is John Lilly: Live on Red Barn Radio, which features solo performances accompanied by his own guitar and mandolin work. The songs are highlighted by spoken introductions and interview segments.