As Mountain Stage looks back on relatives who've appeared over the last 26 years, the Guthrie family comes to mind. In February 2007, Arlo Guthrie brought the Guthrie Family Legacy tour to Mountain Stage, featuring son Abe, daughter Sarah Lee and son-in-law Johnny Irion. Hear the first family of American folk music perform some of patriarch Woody Guthrie's well-known songs, as well as some music of their own.
Thorn writes about his southern upbringing on his autobiographical ninth album, Pimps and Preachers. He sings about lessons learned from his mentors, including his Pentecostal minister father and his uncle, who pursued more licentious means of employment.
King Wilkie began as a bluegrass band, but has a reputation for defying tradition and expectations. After several transformations in style and personnel, the group has steered its sound into a surprisingly Beatles-esque pop realm.
Originally from Sullivan County, Tenn., Lawson possesses a love of a cappella gospel singing that was instilled in him by his musical parents. In this Mountain Stage performance, Lawson sings songs from his newest CD (Lonely Street) with the help of his band, Quicksilver.
The Lovell Sisters demonstrate their love of many musical styles on their album Time to Grow. The Georgia bluegrass trio performed its final concert together in January, but in this archival performance, it makes its mark on Mountain Stage.
In this Mountain Stage performance, Earle combines his own storytelling with songs from his latest album. Townes is composed of songs written by Earle's friend and mentor, the late singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt.
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.