Taking its name from the mountainous region of northwestern Mexico, Son de Madera specializes in Son Jarocho, a musical style based on the traditions of Veracruz, Mexico. The band strives to incorporate new sounds into this traditional style to create a unique cultural and musical experience, and it performs original arrangements of four traditional Son Jarocho songs here for Mountain Stage.
Son de Madera in Concert on Mountain Stage - 12/18/2008
Quetzal is a boundary-pushing, L.A.-based Chicano band started by multi-instrumentalist Quetzal Flores in the early 1990s. Featuring dense instrumentation (including violin, Hammond organ, requninto guitar, congas and bajosexto in addition to bass and drums) and impassioned vocals, Quetzal has adapted its music for the 21st century.
British singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore recently stopped by Mountain Stage to perform music from her latest album, Liejacker. Released in September, it's the follow-up to her critically acclaimed Harpo's Ghost, as well as the product of adversities in Gilmore's personal life and professional career. The result is some of her starkest and most emotional songs.
Thea Gilmore in Concert on Mountain Stage - 12/15/2008
Perkins and his group's self-titled album was an excellent follow-up to the singer's heartbreaking 2007 debut, Ash Wednesday. This performance, recorded the day after Halloween, includes epic songs about zombies and the afterlife.
Joe Pug's captivating voice and thoughtful storytelling immediately and understandably draw comparisons to a young Bob Dylan. On his first appearance at Mountain Stage, Pug performs selections from his debut EP, Nation of Heat.
Ten years since his last visit, singer Matthew Ryan makes his long-awaited return to Mountain Stage. Accompanied by Molly Thomas on piano and vocals, Ryan performs a humorous, if sometimes bumpy, set that features music from his latest album, Matthew Ryan vs. The Silver State.
Matthew Ryan in Concert on Mountain Stage - 11/13/2008
Welsh singer-songwriter Judith Owen has a knack for entertaining her audience with self-deprecating humor just before enchanting it with her elegant and emotional songs. In her third Mountain Stage appearance, Owen plays songs from her latest album, Mopping Up Karma.
Judith Owen in Concert on Mountain Stage - 11/12/2008
The Alternate Routes' members have a knack for harmonies, hooks and stylistically diverse, feel-good rock 'n' roll. Katie Herzig, part of an emerging scene of alternative pop music out of Nashville, performs three songs from her latest album, Apple Tree.
The Alternate Routes and Katie Herzig in Concert on Mountain Stage
Kitchell is a singer-songwriter seasoned beyond her years, having previously joined Herbie Hancock on a worldwide tour. For her appearance in Charleston, W.Va., she brought along the Boston-based indie-rockers in The Slip, who appeared on Mountain Stage in 2006. Together, they promote Kitchell's latest album, This Storm.
Sonya Kitchell in Concert on Mountain Stage - 11/10/08
Combining wide-ranging influences like reggae and roots music into an electric/acoustic hybrid, the Drew Emmitt Band recently performed on Mountain Stage in an appearance recorded at the Morgantown, W.Va., campus of WVU. The band played music from Emmitt's latest album, this year's Long Road.
Drew Emmitt in Concert on Mountain Stage - 11/07/2008
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Julie Fowlis has made a huge name for herself overseas singing in Gaelic, a language understood by only 1 percent of the population in her native Scotland. She recently performed her unique music on Mountain Stage, accompanied by Dobro master Jerry Douglas in the final song of her set.
Julie Fowlis in Concert on Mountain Stage - 11/06/2008
A chance meeting in California with Indian musician Ali Akbar Khan launched the endless musical education of banjo player Jayme Stone. He's taken inspiration from many musical styles, languages and cultures all over the world, and his genre-bending music recognizes no borders. Stone and kora player Mansa Sissoko recently visited Mountain Stage and performed music from their album, From Africa to Appalachia.
Jayme Stone in Concert on Mountain Stage - 11/04/2008
The Boston-based songwriter has released four albums since her 1998 debut, Paper Wings and Halo. She jumped into the national spotlight when country superstar Faith Hill used three of McKenna's songs on her 2005 record Fireflies.
The Boston-based singer-songwriter performs songs from her sixth album, Over the Hills. Kaplansky came of age artistically in the New York folk scene, which also nurtured other artists like Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, John Gorka and others.
In his seventh appearance on Mountain Stage, Snider performs fan favorites, three of which originally appeared on his 2004 album East Nashville Skyline. In the years since this 2007 performance, Snider has released two new albums.