Mountain Stage Song of the Week

Listen to Darlingside on Mountain Stage

Aug 30, 2016
Brian Blauser

Combining influences that range from 60's folk and bluegrass to classical music 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 broadcast of Mountain Stage that also features Sam Bush, Chuck Prophet, Corb Lund and Patrick Sweany.

Brian Blauser

Incendiary slide guitar master and Louisiana native Sonny Landreth returns to this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with a timely song he wrote for his fellow survivors of  Hurricane Katrina: Blue Tarp Blues. You'll also hear performances from Bob Schneider, David Berkeley, Lilly Hiatt, and Jackie Greene.

Listen to John Mark Nelson on Mountain Stage

Aug 17, 2016
Josh Saul

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.

Josh Saul

"Bramble Rose" was the title track on Tift Merritt's widely-acclaimed debut album, which was released in 2002. Over a decade later, The Eagles' 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.

Josh Saul

The most popular song from the Kentucky Headhunters platinum-selling Pickin' on Nashville album was almost never released:

Listen to Rhiannon Giddens on Mountain Stage

Jul 27, 2016
Brian Blauser

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; on a show that also features The SteelDrivers, Sam Gleaves, Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller, and Alice Gerarrd.

Brian Blauser

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," on a show that also features Jarekus Singleton, Los Aztex and Tyler Childers.

Listen to Pokey LaFarge on Mountain Stage

Jun 22, 2016
Josh Saul

Proclaiming “It’s not retro music, it’s American music that never died,” Pokey LaFarge takes to this week's Mountain Stage with songs from his new album," Something in the Water, including this one, "Wanna Be Your Man." You'll also hear performances by Dar Williams, Joe Pug, & Jill Sobule.

Brian Blauser

Since they emerged in the mid 1990's, bluegrass band The Gibson Brothers have won nearly every award and accolade the genre has to offer; earning a place alongside great sibling duos like The Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and West Virginia's own Lilly Brothers. But here, they take on the harmonies of Don and Phil Everly, with their own version of the beloved early rock standard "Bye Bye Love." They apear on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, alongside Red Molly, Goodnight Texas, Sam Amidon, and Drew Holcomb.

Listen to We Banjo 3 on Mountain Stage

Apr 20, 2016
Brian Blauser

Hailing from Galway, brothers Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the most celebrated young musicians in Ireland today. Calling themselves We Banjo 3, the group traveled straight from their Mountain Stage performance to perform for President Obama and Congressional leaders at the White House. They can be heard on this week's all new episode, along with Red Baraat, Star & Micey, and Davina & the Vagabonds.

Listen to Mavis Staples on Mountain Stage

Apr 7, 2016
Mountain Stage

This's week's  broadcast of Mountain Stage is a special one, featuring live performances by this year's Grammy nominees and winners - including this song by iconic R&B singer Mavis Staples, "You Are Not Alone." You'll also hear sets from  rising stars Chris Stapleton and  Jason Isbell, along with Rhiannon Giddens, Wilco, Buddy Guy, The SteelDrivers and much more.

Brian Blauser

Alt-country-rock masters Drive-By Truckers return to Mountain Stage this weekend with a preview of the sounds from their "Dirt Underneath" tour.  Inspired by a character in book he'd just finished, singer Patterson Hood wrote the song "Pauline Hawkins" in a single day.

Brian Blauser

It's been suggested that the Earls of Leicester (pronounced "Lester") might well be one of the greatest band  name puns of all time.

Brian Blauser

One of acoustic folk and blues' most respected singers, songwriters, and guitarists; Eric Bibb closes this week's special encore broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. Here he plays the song "New World Comin' Through."

Brian Blauser

Singer, Songwriter and pianist Allen Toussaint was not only a New Orleans institution, but musician's musician who was responsible for many of the most popular tunes in the American songbook.

Listen to James McMurtry on Mountain Stage

Jan 27, 2016
Brian Blauser

Acclaimed singer-songwriter James McMurtry makes his 10th appearance on Mountain Stage this weekend, with songs from his first new album in 7 years, Complicated Game.

Josh Saul

It's always a special occasion when Ray Wylie Hubbard returns to Mountain Stage.

Brian Blauser

Born and raised in the Clay County West Virginia town of Ivydale; David Morris and his brother John became an important link between oldtime masters like Ira Mullins and the new breed of folk and traditional artists in West Virginia.

Listen to Mac McAnally on Mountain Stage

Jan 5, 2016
Brian Blauser

Like many of the most beloved artists who perform on Mountain Stage, singer-songwriter and guitarist Mac McAnally may not be a household name, but his music might as well be.

Listen to Black Prairie on Mountain Stage

Dec 29, 2015
Brian Blauser

Black Prairie began as a bluegrass-influenced side project lead by 3 of the 5 members of indie rock band The Decemberists. 

Brian Blauser

It's no stretch to call Catherine Russell one of the most respected and versatile singers working today.

Listen to Craig Finn on Mountain Stage

Dec 10, 2015
Josh Saul

Singer and songwriter Craig Finn is best known as the frontman of the raucous punk-influenced rock band The Hold Steady. But in his solo work, Finn turns his focus to quiet themes of perseverance and redemption. Here he perfroms the song "Christine," from his latest album Faith in the Future.

Listen to NRBQ on Mountain Stage

Dec 2, 2015
Josh Saul

Over the course of nearly half a century, NRBQ - which stands for "New Rhythm and Blues Quartet" - has earned the distinction of being one of the most finely tuned bands in America, with plenty of swing. Lead by founder and pianist Terry Adams, Scott Ligon takes the lead on the song "Waitin' on my Sweetie Pie."

Listen to Dawes on Mountain Stage

Nov 24, 2015
Brian Blauser

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."

Brian Blauser

First Family of the Banjo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn return to Mountain Stage this week, with songs from the first album they've recorded together as a duo.

Josh Saul

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."

Josh Saul

Lead by songwriter and guitarist Taylor Goldsmith, California rock band Dawes make their 4th appearance on this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage. Here they perform the song "Things Happen," from their latest album "All Your Favorite Bands," produced by David Rawlings.

Listen to Chip Taylor on Mountain Stage

Aug 25, 2015
Chip Taylor on Mountain Stage
Josh Saul

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.

Listen to Shovels & Rope On Mountain Stage

Aug 19, 2015
Brian Blauser

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.

Listen to Jill Barber on Mountain Stage

Aug 12, 2015
Josh Saul

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.

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