Ari Hest performs on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Ari Hest performs on Mountain Stage.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Ari Hest On Mountain Stage

Ari Hest On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/202681813/202310035" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Ari Hest makes his third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, W.Va. Originally from the Bronx, Hest began booking and promoting his own shows while attending New York University, releasing three albums on his own label. This eventually led to a 2003 record deal and his major-label debut, Someone to Tell.

In 2008, Hest began recording and releasing a new track on his own subscription service every Monday for an entire year. He has maintained the same relentless, "all in a day's work" approach to playing and touring since he began as a teenager; Hest played a private barn party in rural Pennsylvania before making the long drive to this Mountain Stage gig.

He plays here both solo and with the Mountain Stage band, with material from his seventh full-length album, The Fire Plays.

Set List
  • "The Weight"
  • "Concrete Sky"
  • "Set In Stone"
  • "Something To Look Forward To"
[+] read more[-] less

More From Mountain Stage

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Pink Martini On Mountain Stage

The international sensation brings its multilingual, multi-genre repertoire back to Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Clay Center in Charleston, W.Va.

Pink Martini On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/524561975/524566316" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Margo Price performs on this week's episode of Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Margo Price On Mountain Stage

The breakout country artist makes her debut on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Civic Center Little Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Margo Price On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/523387452/523460376" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Ruthie Foster On Mountain Stage

The Grammy-nominated blues and gospel singer returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Ruthie Foster On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/522762174/522768305" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Andrew Bird performs on this week's episode of Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Andrew Bird On Mountain Stage

The classically-trained folk virtuoso returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Andrew Bird On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/521902120/521909031" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Chely Wright performs on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Chely Wright On Mountain Stage

The Nashville country star makes her debut on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of Ohio University in Athens.

Chely Wright on Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/521008203/521011416" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Frank Turner performs on Mountain Stage this week. Amos Perrine/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Amos Perrine/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

Frank Turner On Mountain Stage

The hardcore troubadour makes his Mountain Stage debut, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.

Frank Turner On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/520243747/520247277" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Iron & Wine performs on this week's Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Courtesy of the artist

Mountain Stage

Iron & Wine On Mountain Stage

The seminal indie-folk act makes his debut on Mountain Stage, recorded during the show's 33rd anniversary celebration at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Iron & Wine On Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/519202008/519208909" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

HoneyHoney performs on Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage

HoneyHoney On Mountain Stage

The Los Angeles roots duo makes its Mountain Stage debut with its blend of West Coast country-rock and Southern soul.

HONEYHONEY on Mountain Stage

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/517937497/517940922" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top