For the Thanksgiving holiday, Mountain Stage revisits one of its favorite broadcasts of this decade - a 2011 show which featured Jason Isbell, James McMurtry, Blitzen Trapper and Matthew Sweet. The episode closes with a set from Dawes, who perform this song, "A Little Bit of Everything."
"Allen Toussaint was the most genteel person ever to perform on Mountain Stage. The first time he came, he brought his daughter with him. She was a university student at the time and was just as polite, soft spoken and friendly as he was.
Combining influences that range from 60's folk and bluegrass to classical and indie rock, Massachusetts-based quartet Darlingside perform lush, cinematic songs around a single microphone. Here they perform "God of Loss" from this week's premier broadcast of Mountain Stage.
Incendiary slide guitar master and Louisiana native Sonny Landreth returns to this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with a song he wrote for his fellow survivors of Hurricane Katrina: Blue Tarp Blues.
Even though he's just in his early 20's, Twin Cities based indie-folk artist John Mark Nelson's name has already begun to be mentioned alongside other longstanding Minnesota musical heavyweights like The Jayhawks, Trampled by Turtles, Low, and Dan Wilson. Here he performs "Dream Last Night," backed by his own band, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota.
"Bramble Rose" was the title track on Tift Merritt's widely-acclaimed debut album, which was released in 2002. And just this year, Don Henley chose to kick off his long-awaited album of country songs with his own version of "Bramble Rose," which also featured vocals by Mick Jagger and country superstar Miranda Lambert. She revisits the song during this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, recorded live in Cook County, Minnesota.
As Don Henley's long-time writing partner, JD Souther has had his hands in some of the most memorable pop songs of all time, including "The New Kid in Town" and "Best of My Love." But here Souther teams up with Mountain Stage favorite Nellie McKay to cover another legendary songwriter: Cole Porter's standard "Every Time We Say Goodbye."
Best known as the powerful lead singer of Grammy winning African American stringband The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens plays songs from her T-Bone Burnett-produced solo debut on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage. Here she performs "Black is the Color," from her album Tomorrow is My Turn.
Musician Larry Campbell has long been regarded as one of Americana and country music's most respected and in-demand sidemen; backing Rosanne Cash, and serving as Levon Helm's longstanding musical director. Here he steps into the spotlight with his partner in life and music Teresa Williams with "Everybody Loves You."
Since leaving beloved bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, Chris Stapleton has become one of Nashville's most respected and in-demand songwriters. He has written five number one songs for George Strait, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner; and his solo debut, The Traveller, was released to wide acclaim. But for his Mountain Stage performance, Stapleton dips back into his SteelDrivers catalog with the crowd favorite, "Drinkin' Dark Whiskey."
When Bahamas first appeared on Mountain Stage a few years ago, they all but stole the show with their infectious mix of folk-influenced harmonies and indie rock hooks. Since then, they've received much deserved mainstream recognition, thanks in no small part to the song "All the Time in the World," which was heavily featured in a television ad campaign starring James Franco. They perform the song live on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage.
Lead by songwriter and guitarist Taylor Goldsmith, California rock band Dawes make their 4th appearance on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage. Here they perform the song "Things Happen," from their latest album "All Your Favorite Bands," produced by David Rawlings.
Singer, songwriter, golf pro, and nationally recognized horse race handicapper Chip Taylor may actually be the Most Interesting Man in the World. While he's written hits like "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning," one of his best known solo albums was his country-influenced "This Side of the Big River," which featured a cover of the famous Johnny Cash tune of the same name. He performs it live on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage.
Husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope return to this week’s broadcast of Mountain Stage with songs from their latest album, Swimmin’ Time. Here they perform the song “Evil,” which showcases their passionate harmonies and uncharacteristically dark lyrics.
While singer-songwriter Jill Barber’s smoky, soulful voice has made her an alt-cabaret favorite on Canada's folk scene, she’s also known for penning songs with timeless hooks and melodies. Here she performs “Broken for Good,” from this week’s premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage.
The undisputed master of acoustic blues guitar, Chris Smither's songwriting often draws on the influences of poets, folk singers, philosophers and humorists. Now in his 5th decade of making music, Smither made his 13th appearance on Mountain Stage last year when the show returned to the lakeside town of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Here he performs "Get a Better One," recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School.
Unfortunately Delta Spirit is unable to appear as scheduled July 26 due to unexpected circumstances. And if you can't make it to this Sunday's Mountain Stage with Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Tyler Childers, Jarekus Singleton, and Los Aztex, you can watch live from anywhere at mountainstage.org.