John Cephas, who died Wednesday, was a natural crowdpleaser — a performer who exuded local flavor and charming stage presence. Mountain Stage remembers the great Piedmont bluesman in this 1989 concert by the duo of Cephas and Phil Wiggins.
He came to prominence with bluegrass band Hot Rize, and has 13 records under his own name. But not until 2008 did he make an album with no accompaniment. O'Brien makes a record-setting 25th Mountain Stage appearance — solo this time.
Tim O'Brien in Concert On Mountain Stage - 02/13/09
She's best known for turning out country-music hits, but Mattea has also explored Scottish folk, gospel and roots music. For her latest record, Coal, the singer drew on her family's roots in the coal industry to create a series of personal takes on old mining songs.
Kathy Mattea in Concert On Mountain Stage - 02/12/09
After her second album, the singer-songwriter left for Paris, where she knew few people and spoke none of the language. She returned to the U.S. with the songs that would form her third album, Another Country. Hear Merritt perform live.
Tift Merritt in Concert On Mountain Stage - 02/11/09
Long a sought-after session player, the Louisiana slide-guitar master has a second life as a solo singer, songwriter and all-around bluesman. With his trio in tow, Landreth performs his own material on his sixth Mountain Stage appearance.
With an untraditional lineup of two banjos, a violin and a cello, Washburn and company interweave the music of Tibet with old-time string-band traditions. The band includes progressive Americana virtuosos Bela Fleck, Ben Sollee and Casey Driessen.
Abigail Washburn & Sparrow Quartet On Mountain Stage - 02/09/09
By day, he's a country music historian and the editor of a magazine covering West Virginia traditional life. But Lilly also displays a steady sense of stage humor and a serious knack for a countrified melody, performing with his vintage guitar.
John Lilly in Concert On Mountain Stage - 02/06/09
A champion banjo player and later a slide guitarist, Furtado has spent his career fusing bluegrass with classic rock and folk. This Mountain Stage appearance reunites him with a former collaborator in dobro player Rob Ickes.
Tony Furtado in Concert On Mountain Stage - 02/05/09
A bona fide first-generation bluegrass star, Sparks cut his teeth as a teenage guitar player with The Stanley Brothers. Now, he's celebrating 40 years as the leader of the Lonesome Ramblers, and he remains a prolific recording artist.
Now in its 15th year, the decorated bluegrass collective still boasts all five original members, each highly regarded for his individual accomplishments. The band plays favorites from throughout its catalog.
Blue Highway in Concert on Mountain Stage - 02/03/2009
As a lyricist, Newcomer specializes in capturing the profound insights that come from mundane moments. The Indiana folksinger plays a set with pianist Gary Walters, as they perform songs from her 11th album, The Geography of Light.
Carrie Newcomer in Conert On Mountain Stage - 02/02/09
After earning a Master's degree in music at Yale, Douglas promptly moved to New York, gave up her French horn and started writing songs. The songwriter presents her colorful, snarky stories live on the program.
Julia Douglass in Concert on Mountain Stage - 01/30/09
The 13-piece ensemble from Berlin has created an energetic mix of folk-music traditions from throughout Europe. The band mixes guitar and bass with accordions, violins, clarinets, trumpet, trombone, banjo, bouzouki and cello.
The alt-folk band, led by Jill Andrews and Sam Quinn, has made its name with contemplative, achingly beautiful harmonies. The group travels north from Tennessee to play a set from its most recent album, Nothing Is Okay.