Mandolin player Johnny Staats and guitarist Robert Shafer are both award-winning pickers on their respective instruments, with a knack for reinventing old favorites and crafting an impressive collection of original bluegrass songs.
Staats and Shafer in Concert on Mountain Stage - 04/10/09
The Rhode Island band performs songs from its breakthrough release, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, on this 25th-anniversary special of Mountain Stage. Since this performance, the trio's fame has increased: It signed a label deal, and is currently touring with Ray LaMontagne.
The Low Anthem in Concert on Mountain Stage - 04/08/09
Four years after releasing her solo debut, Happenstance, Yamagata is back in full force with a double-disc set pairing the quiet, contemplative Elephants with its more raucous, amplified counterpart, Teeth Sinking Into Heart.
Rachael Yamagata in Concert on Mountain Stage - 04/07/09
With a prolific music career under her belt, Osborne performs songs from her recent album Little Wild One, in addition to a beautiful cover of Jump, Little Children's song "Cathedrals." Her live performance celebrates the 25th anniversary of Mountain Stage.
Joan Osborne in Conert on Mountain Stage - 04/06/09
The folk-singer sister act visited Mountain Stage four times. In memory of the late Kate McGarrigle, here are highlights from their appearances on the program, featuring Kate's children Rufus and Martha Wainwright.
The family act is a primary inheritor of a bluesy, soulful form of gospel music featuring the pedal-steel guitar. Representing the fourth generation of "sacred steel" practictioners from its members' South Florida church, the group performs live.
The Lee Boys in Concert on Mountain Stage - 04/03/09
Born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, Holcombe has been recording his haunting country blues for nearly 25 years. Adorned with his rough-hewn delivery, he performs selections from his latest release Gamblin' House.
The singer-songwriter's latest album, Just Us Kids, ruminates on wartime America, poverty, post-hurricane life and deteriorating relationships. He recently showed up on Mountain Stage (for the eighth time) in top observational form.
James McMurtry in Concert on Mountain Stage - 03/31/2009
The singer from Alabama has made a career of exploring many different facets of country music. For her latest project, she pays tribute to Dusty Springfield. In this appearance on Mountain Stage, Lynne sings Springfield covers and highlights from her own back catalog.
Shelby Lynne in Concert on Mountain Stage - 03/28/2009
For its first shows of 2010, Mountain Stage pays tribute to the memory of some notable artists who've appeared on the show. Host and artistic director Larry Groce hand-picked these performances from the show's 26-year history. Artists include Hacienda Brothers, Stephen Bruton, Sean Costello, Dave Van Ronk, John Stewart, Bob Gibson and the late folksinger Odetta.
The Queen of the Blues made three appearances on Mountain Stage before passing away in 2009. The recording heard here was made in April 1994, and features Taylor performing three signature tunes with her one-of-a-kind growl.
Al & The Transamericans is a supergroup of sorts, featuring members of Moe, Strangefolk, Okemah and the Gordon Stone Trio. The band, which boasts a roots-rock sound informed by The Band and Neil Young, recently stopped by Mountain Stage to perform songs from its 2003 debut, Analog, and its recent follow-up, This Day and Age.
Al & the Transamericans in Concert on Mountain Stage - 12/19/2008