This Sunday, Mountain Stage returns to West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. In honor of the occasion, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite performances from our past visits to the campus.
Host Larry Groce tries to pick appropriate acts for every venue that Mountain Stage travels to, and The Virginia Thomas Law Center at Wesleyan offers unique opportunities. Because of its small size and intimate acoustics, the delicate sounds of Lancaster, Pennsylvania natives The Stray Birds were a perfect fit for the room. Here they perform “I Dream in Blue,” recorded in spring of 2012.
Glen Phillips is known for many things, including collaborations with progressive acoustic band Nickel Creek, and his time as singer and songwriter for iconic alt rock group Toad the Wet Sprocket. Here he performs the beloved Toad single “Walk on the Ocean” with the Mountain Stage band, featuring superb backing vocals from our own Julie Adams.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Jimmy Webb is one of the most important songwriters of the 20th century and beyond. He has visited Mountain Stage five times over the years, and his last at West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2010 was particularly special. Here he performs one of his most well-known songs, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.”
So far, Nashville based group The SteelDrivers are the only bluegrass band with the distinction of having had one of their tunes covered by superstar English singer Adele. Their song “If It Hadn’t Been for Love” has become a staple of her acclaimed live shows, and The SteelDrivers now like to joke onstage about “doing a cover of Adele doing a cover of us” before performing their song live. Here they play “If it Hadn’t Been for Love,” recorded live at West Virginia Wesleyan in 2012.
Whitehorse made their Mountain Stage debut when the show traveled to Buckhannon in February 2011. Comprised of singer-songwriters Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, the closed their set with the kiss-off anthem "Broken One," which Doucet had originally written for an ex-girlfriend. McClelland helped him rework the song for Whitehorse — or "fix it," as she told the enthusiastic audience.
Indigo Girl Amy Ray joins us on Mountain Stage this Sunday at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, along with Della Mae, The Teetotallers, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, and Karen Staley. Tickets are still available online, by phone (304.594.TIXX) and in person at the WVWC Campus Life Office.