Listen: Patti Smith on Mountain Stage

Mar 22, 2018

Poet, performer, visual artist and rock-and-roll icon Patti Smith joins us on this week's broadcast.

Here she performs "People Have The Power," the driving anthem co-written with her husband Fred "Sonic" Smith, a native of Lincoln County, WV who was posthumously inducted into the WV Music Hall of Fame the evening prior to this performance.

Smith performs the song with a band that includes her longtime collaborator and guitarist Lenny Kaye, her son Jackson Smith on guitar, daughter Jesse Paris-Smith on piano, along with Mountain Stage Band members Ammed Solomon on drums and Steve Hill on bass.

You can hear Patti Smith & Family's entire performance, plus sets from Van William, Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore feat. Lucy & Brigid Moore, Robbie Fulks and a special Tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens featuring Tim O'Brien, Charlie McCoy, and more, on this week's new episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. Find a station in your area here, and subscribe to the podcast below.

As an added bonus, here's a complete version of that evening's finale song by Larry Groce & Company. Groce chose the traditional blues tune "Stagger Lee" to close this show, and there are some great singers and soloists in this version. We've placed the order of soloists below, and Larry calls their name out prior to each solo.
 

From Left to Right: Tim O'Brien, Jupie Little (of The Carpenter Ants), Robbie Fulks, Mollie O'Brien, Brigid and Lucy Moore, Lenny Kaye and Jesse Paris-Smith.
Credit Brian Blauser/ Mountain Stage

"Stagger Lee" by Larry Groce & Company: Tim O'Brien (Vocals), Larry Groce (vocals), Charlie McCoy (harmonica), Russ Hicks (pedal steel), Tim O'Brien (Bouzouki), Robbie Fulks (vocals), Mollie O'Brien (vocals), Jackson Smith (electric guitar), Michael Lipton (electric guitar), Shad Cobb (fiddle), Robbie Fulks (acoustic guitar), Van William (vocals), Brigid & Lucy Moore (vocals), Bob Thompson (piano), Ryan Kennedy (electric guitar), Rich Moore (resonator guitar), Larry Groce & Julie Adams (vocals), Lenny Kaye (vocals), "Everybody" (vocals).

Ron Sowell is playing acoustic guitar, Ammed Solomon is on drums, and Steve Hill is on bass.