The North Carolina group takes a youthful approach to old-time mountain music, performing on stage and teaching it in classrooms. The band plays from its breakthrough album Mountains Apart in this set.
The Biscuit Burners in Concert on Mountain Stage - 2006
The country musician and songwriter grew up in Dallas, Texas, playing bluegrass with his father. After establishing himself as a choice sideman, he came to prominence with Walking Among the Living, which spawned the songs he performs in this 2006 concert.
Nugent started singing with her father's band at a very early age. As a teenager, she was already leading the group. Based squarely in the country and bluegrass tradition, Nugent brings her high-energy show to Mountain Stage.
The Nashville songwriter, a regular at the famed Station Inn, has penned hits for country superstars Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Randy Travis and Garth Brooks, as well as bluegrass heavyweights like Ricky Skaggs and Del McCoury.
Seven times named Female Vocalist of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards, Vincent has become a bluegrass institution. She performs a characteristically polished set with her band, The Rage.
Rhonda Vincent in Concert on Mountain Stage - 2006
The founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna is known as both a psychedelic rocker and a dedicated folk musician — and he's still making music. Kaukonen plays from his recent release Stars in My Crown.
Jorma Kaukonen in Concert on Mountain Stage - 02/2007
The five members of the all-woman outfit write and perform original songs in old-time Americana styles. The group plays live from its most recent album, Waterloo, Tennessee, complete with a clogging breakdown.
The great folk singer, son of Woody Guthrie, teamed up with his own son and daughter to carry on his father's tradition. Hear the Guthrie Family Legacy perform a special one-hour show, recorded live for NPR's Mountain Stage.
The Guthrie Family Legacy in Concert on Mountain Stage - 02/2007
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.