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Listen: Col. Bruce Hampton And The Aquarium Rescue Unit Has Our Mountain Stage Song Of The Week

A man with grey hair and mustache plays the guitar with his eyes closed.
Bruce Hampton of Col. Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit performs on Mountain Stage.
Photographer Unknown/Mountain Stage, 1992

This week’s episode of Mountain Stage is a compilation of our “Festival Favorites.” This special episode features performances by some of our favorite festival acts that have also graced the Mountain Stage. You’ll hear songs from Phish, Joan Baez, Widespread Panic, Greensky Bluegrass, and many more.

Our Song of the Week is by Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit. The Aquarium Rescue Unit is an experimental jazz rock group, originally founded as the backup band for Col. Bruce Hampton, consisting of, at various times, Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, Matt Mundy, Charles Williams, Kofi Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, Paul Henson, and of course, Hampton himself.

The group’s take on the gospel standard “Working on a Building” is our Song of the Week, featured as part of our “Horizons of Jam” segment, inspired by the early ‘90s HORDE festivals. This song is just one of our favorites from the live show that was recorded on March 1, 1992.

Tune in to this week’s special episode starting Friday, May 26 on these public radio stations. Be sure you’re watching our podcast page for the newest episodes from our Spring season and sign up for email updates to help plan your trip to be a part of a live-show in Charleston, West Virginia and on the road!