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LISTEN: Joachim Cooder Has Our Mountain Stage Song Of The Week

A man with facial hair wearing a beanie sings into a mic while playing the mbira.
Joachim Cooder plays the mbira on Mountain Stage.
Mountain Stage

On this week’s broadcast of Mountain Stage, we dig into our archives to revisit performances from 2018. You’ll hear sets by M. Ward, Joachim Cooder, Laura Veirs, The Sea The Sea and Dead Horses.

The seeds of our Song of the Week were sown from a tune that Los Angeles area musician Joachim Cooder would sing to his houseplant, called a Fuchsia Machu Picchu. Cooder plays an electric mbira and sings accompanied by Gabe Noel on bass and Sam Gendel on saxophone.

“Fuchsia Machu Picchu” can be found on the album of the same name, and Cooder is also featured on The Prodigal Son, his father Ry Cooder’s 2018 studio album.

Starting this Friday, May 3 hear Joachim Cooder’s full set, plus performances by M. Ward, Laura Veirs, The Sea The Sea and Dead Horses on this week’s broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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