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Listen: Kyshona’s ‘Cleft Of The Rock’ Is Our Mountain Stage Song Of The Week
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On this week’s encore episode of Mountain Stage, we welcome Peter Mulvey, who is joined by Michigan based string-duo SistaStrings, who have a set of their own earlier in the show.
We’re also joined by the incomparable Jill Sobule, plus a duo performance from cellist Ben Sollee and vocalist Scott Smith, who preview their upcoming release as Smith & Sollee.
Our Song of the Week comes from the powerful voice and insightful songwriting of Kyshona.
She began her career as a music therapist, writing her first songs with her patients – the students and inmates under her care. She soon found the need to write independently and find her own voice, an endeavor which led her to the fertile ground of the Nashville creative community and songwriting culture.
Written along with Micah Dalton, “Cleft of the Rock” is included in Kyshona’s 2021 release Live from the Sanctuary, and her performance of the song, backed by members of the Mountain Stage Band and vocalists Maureen Murphy and Nickie Conley, is our Song of the Week.
Mountain Stage officially kicks off our 40th Broadcast Season this week with our 39th anniversary celebration featuring Bela Fleck My Bluegrass Heart, The Brother Brothers, Alice Howe with Freebo, The Bing Brother feat. Jake Krack, and a special appearance from West Virginia’s Poet Laureate Marc Harshman.
This week's encore episode of Mountain Stage features Martin Sexton, Nellie McKay, Joseph, Abe Partridge, and Cave Twins, welcomed by our guest-host Larry Groce. Join us on these NPR stations starting this Friday, March 17.
Join us this weekend for Mountain Stage as Kathy Mattea welcomes back Sarah Harmer, who has her first new album in 10 years. We'll also hear from Ohio roots-folk artist Arlo McKinley, old-time acoustic set from Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle, plus songwriter Taylor Rae and West Virginia bassist, singer and songwriter John Inghram and his band.
This week's broadcast was recorded on the campus of Ohio University with the help of our affiliate WOUB Public Media. We'll hear performances from Rissi Palmer, Cheryl Wheeler, Joslyn & the Sweet Compression, Maia Sharp, and Kenny White. Join us starting Friday March 3 on our NPR Music affiliates.