The duo of Sam & Ruby, Sam Brooker and Ruby Amanfu, released their debut full-length album, The Here and the Now, in August. Brooker, a Wisconsin native, met Amanfu, originally from Ghana, in Nashville, Tenn. The two songwriters eventually began collaborating and joining one another onstage. The audience response gave the duo enough reason to carry on together and record their material.
Amanfu co-wrote "Heaven's My Home" with past Mountain Stage guest and Nashville-based songwriter Katie Herzig. The song has been used in the motion picture The Secret Life of Bees, and was recorded in 2007 by The Duhks.
The set ends with Julie Adams' treatment of West Virginia songwriter John Lilly's "In Time," from his album Haunted Honky Tonk.