Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
On this week’s premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage, host Kathy Mattea welcomes songwriter, producer and legend of the B3 organ, Booker T. Jones, bluesy folk singer and songwriter Chris Smither, renowned hitmaker, singer and multi-instrumentalist Karla Bonoff, songwriter and storytelling wild man Steve Poltz, and honey-toned singer and writer Amber Rubarth to the stage in Rohnert Park, California. Recorded at the Green Music Center – Weill Hall on the campus of Sonoma State University, this show is packed with memorable moments, compelling performances and some wonderful stories.
Folk hero and storytelling master, Steve Poltz has our Song of the Week. In this delightfully fizzy performance of “Can O’ Pop,” Poltz is backed by the Mountain Stage Band. The song comes from his most recent album Stardust & Satellites which was released earlier this year.
Listen for this episode beginning Friday, Oct. 13 on these public radio stations.
If you are listening overseas or on a smart device, the Mountain Stage podcast of archived episodes are now streaming. Also, make sure you are signed up for the Mountain Stage Newsletter to receive the latest updates about upcoming live shows, radio broadcasts, and other special experiences.