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Listen Now: Johnny Staats & Robert Shafer On Mountain Stage

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Staats & Shafer On Mountain Stage

Staats & Shafer On Mountain Stage

Listen Now: Johnny Staats & Robert Shafer On Mountain Stage

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Set List

  • "Catch Me If You Can"
  • "What a Friend We Have in Jesus"
  • "Big Mon"
  • "Memories of Mozart"

Johnny Staats (left) and Robert Shafer have recorded several albums together. Brian Blauser hide caption

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Brian Blauser

Mandolin player Johnny Staats and guitar flatpicker Robert Shafer are two of West Virginia's most decorated pickers. They've both appeared separately on the Grand Ole Opry, and both have won multiple awards for their work on their respective instruments.

The duo has recorded numerous CDs together, including their latest collection of hymns: Homecoming Favorites. Though they can be classified as bluegrass players, Staats and Shafer draw from influences far beyond the boundaries of bluegrass.

The set begins with a frenzied Staats composition, incorporates their gospel influences, and finishes with works by both Bill Monroe and Mozart, two of Staats' most prominent influences.