The Nighthawks On Mountain Stage

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Set List

  • "The Chicken And The Hawk"
  • "Too Much"
  • "Howlin' For My Darlin'"
  • "Down To My Last Million Tears"
  • "Bring Your Sister"
  • "Who You Workin' For"

The journeyman musicians in The Nighthawks make their second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Though often labeled as blues music, The Nighthawks' signature fusion of rock, jump jazz and roadhouse blues is recognizable as roots rock in its truest form — even though the band was making it decades before the term existed.

Led by harmonica player and singer Mark Wenner for three decades, The Nighthawks' members have spent countless hours on the road playing with legends like Muddy Waters, and their previous Mountain Stage appearance was alongside the late Pinetop Perkins. For this Mountain Stage show, recorded in October 2011, the group was set to back up guitarist Hubert Sumlin, who had just fallen ill. Sadly, Sumlin would soon pass away, but the band sends him its best before playing one of his signature tunes, "Howlin' for My Darlin'."

This segment originally aired on December 19, 2011.

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