Billy Bragg On Mountain Stage

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  • "I Keep Faith"
  • "I Ain't Got No Home"
  • "No Power Without Accountability"
  • "I Still Miss Someone" *
  • "West Virginia, My Home" **
  • * Featuring Rosanne Cash
  • ** Performed by Julie Adams and the Mountain Stage band

As he mentions to the audience during his third appearance on Mountain Stage, Billy Bragg is best known in America for teaming up with Wilco to set some newly unearthed Woody Guthrie lyrics to music, on 2000's Mermaid Avenue. But in his native England, Billy Bragg is highly regarded as an egalitarian songsmith who sings for the working class.

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English musician Billy Bragg, in his third Mountain Stage appearance. Brian Blauser hide caption

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He opens his set with "I Keep Faith," the first single from his latest CD, Mr. Love & Justice, before revisiting one of his favorite Woody Guthrie songs, "I Ain't Got No Home." Bragg wears his politics on his sleeve throughout "NPWA," a song from the 2002 release England, Half English before inviting Rosanne Cash to join him on Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone."

Later, Julie Adams and the Mountain Stage band treat the New York City audience to a West Virginia staple, "West Virginia, My Home," written by Hazel Dickens, a member of West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

This segment originally ran Nov. 26, 2008.



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