Jim Bianco On Mountain Stage The singer-songwriter honed his observational craft at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, where he became the first artist to release an album on the venue's record label. He performs songs from that album, Sing, live from Charleston, W.Va.
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Jim Bianco in Concert on Mountain Stage - 04/01/2009

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Jim Bianco On Mountain Stage

Jim Bianco On Mountain Stage

Jim Bianco in Concert on Mountain Stage - 04/01/2009

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Set List

  • "Painkiller"
  • "I Got a Thing for You"
  • "Sing"
  • "Ok I Suppose"
  • "Workin' for the Man" [Julie Adams and Mountain Stage band]

Charismatic singer-songwriter Jim Bianco performs songs from his latest album, Sing, in this Mountain Stage segment from Charleston, W.Va.

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Originally from Brooklyn, Bianco was schooled in Boston and now lives in Los Angeles. Sing is the first release by Hotel Cafe Records, named for the L.A. venue and its resident songwriting collective, where Bianco has been honing his performances for several years.

Bianco's strong, elastic voice is a perfect vehicle for lyrics that dwell heavily on human nature: "When a man finds what he wants / he's not inclined to share," he sings in "Painkiller." The "short-sighted career" of stalking is addressed in "I Got a Thing for You," while "Sing" champions a now-or-never approach to life with vocal accompaniment by Julie Adams and Laurel Dennie (nicknamed "The Mountain-ettes" by Bianco).

Adams returns to the stage for a rendition of Kevin Welch's "Workin' for the Man."

This feature originally ran Apr. 1, 2009.