For nearly five decades, the powerful and expressive singer has freely traversed the boundaries of blues, R&B, gospel, country and pop. Nelson performs a country-tinged set live with the Mountain Stage band.
Tracy Nelson in Concert on Mountain Stage - 08/29/2008
Once an itinerant 16-year-old high school dropout, the singer-songwriter wound up in Minneapolis, where he has recorded six full-length albums and started a family. He previews his newest record on Mountain Stage.
Mason Jennings in Concert on Mountain Stage - 08/28/2008
The blues and gospel singer made her biggest hits with Sister Rosetta Tharpe more than 60 years ago. Her storied career continues: She recently released her first album in a quarter-century. Hear the New York-based minister perform live.
Marie Knight in Concert on Mountain Stage - 08/27/2008
The remarkable young soul singer grew up in a strict Pentecostal family before discovering a fondness for the classic records of the '60s and '70s. He brings his timeless delivery to a live performance on Mountain Stage.
Ryan Shaw in Concert on Mountain Stage - 08/26/2008
Louisiana native Brooke Waggoner studied composition and orchestration at LSU before moving to Nashville to advance her career as a performing songwriter. Her quirky sense of song structure and her experimental nature bring to mind the wide range of influences that Mountain Stage host Larry Groce mentions in his introduction: from Chopin to Simon & Garfunkel to Rogers & Hammerstein.
Brooke Waggoner in Concert on Mountain Stage - 11/05/2008
A mysterious yet charming performer, Redbone has made his name interpreting Tin Pan Alley, early blues and swing numbers while donning sunglasses and a Panama hat. Acoustic slide bluesman William Lee Ellis follows him on stage.
Leon Redbone in Concert on Mountain Stage - 08/25/2008
When your parents, siblings and aunts carry the names Wainwright and Roche, it's only a matter of time before you catch the performing bug yourself. The youngest songwriter in the family visits Mountain Stage to play a live concert.
Lucy Wainwright Roche in Concert on Mountain Stage - 08/21/2008
The songwriter was a member of the Reeltime Travelers, featured on the soundtrack to the movie Cold Mountain, before setting out to create her own brand of old-time Appalachian music. Here, she performs live on stage.
Martha Scanlan in Concert on Mountain Stage - 08/21/2008
A master of soft, poignant folk songs, the Irish crooner has created a repertoire full of poetic lyrics backed by formidable fingerpicking. He performs at what he calls the "biggest jewelry box in the world" on Mountain Stage.
Loudon Wainwright III has married and raised several fellow musicians, and the singer-songwriter still manages to update even his oldest songs with a 21st-century bent. Fresh off his role in Knocked Up, Wainwright plays Mountain Stage.
Loudon Wainwright III in Concert on Mountain Stage
A literary bent informs the Idaho native's clever, imaginative story-songs, which are finally earning attention in the U.S. After releasing five albums in seven years, Ritter stopped by Mountain Stage during a recent tour.
The Lone Star State mainstay leads a band of true-blue honky-tonk veterans, including some of the best players in all of Texas and beyond. The group pools a collection of songs from the '40s and '50s for a live Mountain Stage performance.
Listen Now: The Lucky Tomblin Band on Mountain Stage
Though widespread commercial success has eluded her, critics have hailed the singer-songwriter for nearly a decade. Here, she brings her imaginative songcraft and soothingly hushed vocal delivery to Mountain Stage.
The young British singer and songwriter went to music school in Boston, started pursuing her craft in Los Angeles, was inspired by living in Spain and now lives in Rome. She brings her clever, theatrical songs to Mountain Stage.
As a country singer, Bogguss made plenty of hits. But she's never lingered too long in any style, staking claim to Western swing, singing duets with Chet Atkins and making excursions into jazz-inflected pop. Hear a live performance.