At 14, Foster was a soloist in her uncle's choir. From then on, her life revolved around music. Her latest is the critically acclaimed The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, in which she demonstrates her tremendous range of musical influences.
DeLuca was introduced to soul music by his father, who was a touring guitarist for the legendary Bo Diddley. DeLuca's elastic, brazen vocals soar in a way that brings to mind the late, revered singer Jeff Buckley.
Sexton taught himself to play guitar and learned to capture the attention of his audience by busking on the streets of Harvard Square in Boston. He showcases his soulful voice and percussive guitar playing in this captivating solo performance.
Paralyzed at age 18, Chesnutt began playing his intricate, emotional songs around Athens, Ga. In his seventh appearance on Mountain Stage, Chesnutt reveals an unrecorded song, "Granny," inspired by a dream.
Influenced by classic rock songwriters, Idaho native Josh Ritter has spent the last decade becoming a star around the world: He's known as a folk-rock singer of substance and widespread acclaim in Ireland, America and beyond. Hear Ritter perform live in concert from WXPN in Philadelphia.
Set against the frantic backdrop of the French Revolution, Respighi's Marie Victoire was slated for a 1915 premiere, but it never happened. Like his popular Pines of Rome, Respighi uses the orchestra like a jumbo box of crayons to create an explosion of color.
With her new triple-album, Have One on Me, Joanna Newsom's voice has matured; the orchestrations are richer and the themes darker. Hear the singer perform in a full concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.
Hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Capsula play scuzzy garage rock with a touch of glam that makes it clear that they soaked up all the good parts of American rock music from the '60s and '70s. KEXP was on hand to record their set at The Day Stage Cafe during this years SXSW Music Festival.
Quasi has been making solid records for almost two decades, but have always been a band that flies steadily under the radar. Hear the all-out, no-holds-barred indie-rock band perform live from Austin at KEXP's concert from the Gibson Showroom.
The Nashville band got its name at the suggestion of Lou Reed. Led by singer and guitarist Matt Campbell, the group brings its highly electrified, ragged sound to the program in songs from its debut EP, Veracruz.
The Deep Vibration in Concert on Mountain Stage - 06/19/2009