Justin Currie And Ingrid Michaelson On Mountain Stage

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  • "Something in That Mess"
  • "No, Surrender"
  • "Be My Downfall" *
  • * Featuring the Mountain Stage band


  • "Breakable"
  • "Far Away"
  • "The Way I Am"
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Justin Currie and Ingrid Michaelson, in their December 2007 performances for Mountain Stage. Brian Blauser hide caption

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Before he went solo, Justin Currie was a singer and lyricist for the popular Scottish pop group Del Amitri, whose hits included "Roll to Me" and "Always the Last to Know." That group appeared on Mountain Stage in 1995, but here, Currie admits that he doesn't remember it, probably due to his "chocolate addiction." He returns to Mountain Stage to showcase tunes from his first solo record, What Is Love For. Along with Peter Adams on keyboards, Currie imitates the album's lush orchestration in a pared-down set, originally recorded in December 2007.

Currie invites the Mountain Stage band — or, as he christens it, "The Supreme-Os" — on stage for "Be My Downfall," a song from his days in Del Amitiri.

After Currie's set, New York-based singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, along with Allie Moss on guitar. Michaelson was a co-winner of the 2006 Mountain Stage New Song Competition for performing songwriters, but found herself on the national radar thanks to the strength of her single "The Way I Am." The song helped Michaelson become the first independent artist to garner VH-1's "Artist to Watch" status, and it became omnipresent last year during Old Navy's holiday advertising campaign.

She begins her set at the piano, performing "Breakable." That particular song features the lyric that provided the title to Michaelson's debut, Boys & Girls, an album that hadn't yet been released at the time of this performance. Earlier in the evening, Michaelson sang harmony with Matt Nathanson, whose set will be available on tomorrow's Mountain Stage.



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