A U.S. Army veteran who has put together two albums since returning from a tour of Kuwait, Ellis draws inspiration from his wartime experiences. He performs a 2008 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest-winning entry, as well as some yet-to-be-recorded material.
Jeff Ellis in Concert on Mountain Stage - 05/15/2009
The Philadelphia band Blood Feathers started out as a free-wheeling classic-rock outfit: Its members recorded their 2006 debut, Curse & Praise, in just a week. Since then, though, their ambitions have grown considerably, as the group has swollen to six members while fleshing out its songs with horns, keyboards and even four-part harmonies. Hear Blood Feathers perform live in concert from WXPN in Philadelphia.
On this edition of World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Jules Massenet's Manon in a production from the Vienna State Opera. It features a brilliant performance by soprano Diana Damrau as Manon, with tenor Ramon Vargas as Des Grieux.
The deep growl and ringing falsetto of vocalist Mike Mattison meets the utilitarian guitar work of Paul Olsen in the blues band Scrapomatic. The duo plays songs from its newest release, Sidewalk Caesars, accompanied by a full band.
Scrapomatic in Concert on Mountain Stage - 05/14/2009
Originally from Australia and now living in Los Angeles, the singer-songwriter (formerly of the Sydney band Decoder Ring) has issued her solo debut. Here, she showcases her infectious pop songs, including her hit "The Show."
A melding of several different eras of popular music, the Philadelphia rock band's sound is a distinctly 21st-century version of psychedelic pop. On this installment of Mountain Stage, Dr. Dog shows off its dueling guitars, which are laced with plenty of harmony singing.
The slide guitarist has played with The Allman Brothers and Eric Clapton, and has made seven records with his own band — all before turning 30. He demonstrates his lyrical playing and his inclusive take on Southern rock live.
The Derek Trucks Band in Concert on Mountain Stage - 05/11/2009
Two famed artists and hit songwriters each play from their recent solo releases. Nashville native Chapman's lastest release is a double-album inspired by Desmond Tutu; Southern California's Souther just returned to music after a 25 year hiatus.
Beth Nielsen Chapman in Concert on Mountain Stage - 05/01/2009