1 of 5

View slideshow i

Mountain Stage

Blue Yonder On Mountain Stage

Blue Yonder On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/179005064/178606120" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

West Virginia's Blue Yonder makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Though this is the group's first time on the show, two of its members, John Lilly and Robert Shafer, have popped up dozens of times over the years.

Lilly is a respected songwriter who also edits Goldenseal, the long-running chronicle of traditional West Virginia life. Guitarist Shafer is one of the region's most in-demand players, having won the Walnut Valley National Flat Picking Championship twice. Bassist Will Carter has played with numerous bluegrass and old-time bands over the years. Here, the trio's country and honky-tonk roots are on full display.

Set List
  • "Bitter Sweet Road"
  • "Cinder Bottom Blues"
  • "Ne'er Do Well"
  • "Beats Walkin'"
[+] read more[-] less

More From Folk

Larry Groce. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Larry Groce On Mountain Stage

Hear the Mountain Stage host and founder play a full set of songs from his first album in 27 years.

Larry Groce On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/490203668/490209480" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Steve Poltz. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Steve Poltz On Mountain Stage

The songwriter plays an energetic set that highlights material from his latest album, Folksinger.

Steve Poltz On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/489329678/489336801" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Jocie Adams of Arc Iris in a scene from her new video for the song, 'Moon Saloon' Courtesy Of The Artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy Of The Artist

All Songs TV

First Watch: Arc Iris, 'Moon Saloon'

In Arc Iris's stunning new video, a simple trick turns a snowy field into the surface of the moon.

Ruby Amanfu performs at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Ruby Amanfu, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

The Beyoncé and Jack White collaborator combined vulnerability with swagger in her Newport set.

Ruby Amanfu, Live In Concert

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/488261018/488366726" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

The Wood Brothers Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

The Wood Brothers On Mountain Stage

The sibling folk band, which recently released Paradise, performs six songs live in West Virginia.

The Wood Brothers On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/488366373/488368632" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

River Whyless performs at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Bob Boilen/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Bob Boilen/NPR

Newport Folk Festival

River Whyless, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

The folk-pop band builds mountains out of sensitive harmony lines at the Newport Folk Festival.

River Whyless, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/487320023/487374592" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Joan Shelley performing at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Joan Shelley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

"These are the smallest songs you'll hear at this folk festival," Shelley said of her set.

Joan Shelley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/487324284/487390566" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Hayes Carll. Brian Blauser /Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser /Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Hayes Carll On Mountain Stage

The Texas singer-songwriter performs songs from Lovers And Leavers live on stage in West Virginia.

Hayes Carll On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/487508318/487515111" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, with Matthew Logan Vasquez, perform at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

The rootsy soul band worked through simmering soul grooves and hip-swinging honky-tonk.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/487235750/487261474" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top