Canadian-born folk singer Ferron issued her 14th release in 2008, titled Boulder. A collection of revisited songs, the album was recorded and produced by indie-rock violinist B----, who accompanies Ferron here in live performance on Mountain Stage.
Making 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.
Billy Bragg in Concert on Mountain Stage - 11/27/2008
Songwriter, composer and guitarist Bruce Cockburn takes listeners on a brief career overview in a live performance recorded at New York's legendary Town Hall. Already a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Cockburn is one of the most heralded and awarded musicians in his native Canada, having won numerous Juno awards and reached gold and platinum sales on multiple releases.
Bruce Cockburn in Concert on Mountain Stage - 11/26/2008
Houston-born songwriter Rodney Crowell took his talents to Nashville in the 1970s and has been evolving ever since. His 1988 album Diamonds and Dirt garnered five No. 1 country singles, including one with his then-wife Rosanne Cash (with whom he still works today). In this Mountain Stage appearance, he performs music from some of his most recent albums, including this year's Sex & Gasoline.
Rodney Crowell in Concert on Mountain Stage - 11/25/2008
Recorded at New York City's historic Town Hall, and just down the road from her home, singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash performs an acoustic set for her third appearance on Mountain Stage. Included is music from her critically acclaimed album Black Cadillac, as well as a cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Two Girls."
Rosanne Cash in Concert on Mountain Stage - 11/24/2008
Singer-songwriter Karla Adolphe and percussionist Caleb Friesen make up the Manitoba-based duo Jacob & Lily. On their recent Mountain Stage appearance, the two show off Adolphe's powerful, passionate voice and steady guitar strumming, along with Friesen's meticulous and driving rhythmic work.
Based out of his tiny, rustic hometown of Slaughters, Ky., songwriter and guitarist Chris Knight writes backwoods poetry with introspection he's clearly gained by living the words he writes. On this Mountain Stage appearance, Knight performs songs from his latest album, Heart of Stone, as well as the title cut from his previous record, Enough Rope.
Chris Knight in Concert on Mountain Stage - 11/20/2008
In their fourth appearance on Mountain Stage, the modern-day Irish traditionalists in Solas perform songs from their latest release, Love and Laughter. The set opens with a series of jigs and a traditional Irish love song, and later ends with a rendition of Bob Dylan's "Seven Curses."
One of the most distinctive voices in modern bluegrass, Dan Tyminski visits Mountain Stage for the first time with his own band to perform songs from his second solo release, Wheels. The set closes with "Man of Constant Sorrow," the bluegrass standard prominently featured in the 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Dan Tyminski Band in Concert on Mountain Stage - 11/18/2008
Loveless has built a 20-year career by choosing great songs to complement her charming twang. On her fourth visit to Mountain Stage, she performs music from her latest release, for which she dipped into the classic country songbook and recorded some of the genre's most enduring and endearing songs.
Patty Loveless in Concert on Mountain Stage - 11/17/2008
The Dobro master has appeared on countless recordings and collaborated with the upper echelon of country and bluegrass musicians. But his taste and talent don't exist only in the realm of those genres, as Douglas has played and recorded with the likes of Ray Charles, Paul Simon and Elvis Costello and Eric Clapton.
Jones freely admits that he's a child of seminal '80s rock bands like R.E.M., Pixies, U2 and Echo and the Bunnymen. His latest CD, Swallow the Sea, is a tip of the hat to the vast sound and art-rock lyricism of those bands. But this Mountain Stage performance presents a stripped-down version of Jones' music.
Matthew Perryman Jones in Concert on Mountain Stage - 10/31/2008
Singer-songwriter Ellis Paul has released 14 albums in a career spanning two decades, including his recent Dragonfly Races. In his latest appearance on Mountain Stage, Paul performs selections from a record due out early next year, as well as a ballad about Hurricane Katrina survivors.
The Ohio-born singer-songwriter has received widespread exposure in the short time he's been creating music. He wrote his first song less than four years ago, and later released his 2006 debut album, We Were Here. Radin performs music from his latest record, Simple Times, during a visit to Mountain Stage.
Joshua Radin in Concert on Mountain Stage - 10/29/2008
California-based blues singer Janiva Magness grew up in Detroit, where she was influenced by the classic sounds of Motown, as well as by the country and blues recordings in her father's collection. Magness performs music from her latest album, What Love Will Do, during her recent appearance on Mountain Stage.
Janiva Magness in Concert on Mountain Stage - 10/28/2008