With the influence of musically gifted parents and sisters, Smith showed a great love and knowledge of music from an early age. She started off pursuing a career in animation, but her love of performance eventually led her to the stage and the recording studio.
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.
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
In recent years, the songwriter has consistently changed her approach to recording. She's tackled Great American Songbook material and gospel music from an agnostic perspective; her new project combines '60s and '70s pop with her own symphonic arrangements.
Susan Werner in Concert on Mountain Stage - 06/18/2009
Brothers Ed and Matt Anderson and drummer Tim Kramp are at the core of the Bloomington, Ill., band. Backyard Tire Fire performs songs from its breakthrough release, The Places We Lived, and previews material from an upcoming album.
Backyard Tire Fire in Concert on Mountain Stage - 06/17/2009
A mainstay of the Boston folk movement of the '60s, Rush is one of the performers for whom the term "singer-songwriter" was originally coined. He performs some of his greatest hits, and a choice cover, live on the program.
Tom Rush in Concert on Mountain Stage - 06/16/2009