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THIS SUNDAY: Kathy Mattea Guest Hosts Mountain Stage with Beth Nielsen Chapman and More


Kathy Mattea, Grammy winning recording artist and West Virginia native, returns to Charleston, W.Va. this Sunday to guest host Mountain Stage once again, this time with a one-of-a-kind line-up of female talent. Showtime is 7p.m. at the Culture Center Theater on the state capitol grounds, and tickets are available online or at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston. Be sure to RSVP on Facebook if you’re joining us, and read on for more on each of our guests.

A recent inductee to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and a twice Grammy-nominated artist, Beth Nielsen Chapman returns to Mountain Stage this Sunday with songs from her latest, Hearts of Glass.

Chapman has released thirteen solo albums, written seven #1 hits and has songs recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Michael McDonald, Keb Mo’, Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings, Indigo Girls, & Faith Hill’s Mega-hit “This Kiss.”

Her songs have been featured in film and TV and as an artist Beth’s work has been diverse, from singing in nine different languages on Prism (2007) to The Mighty Sky (2012), a Grammy-nominated astronomy CD for kids of all ages. Beth is also a breast cancer survivor and environmentalist and considers herself a creativity midwife, passionate about inspiring others to fully blossom into their creative life.

Epitaph For Love – Beth Nielsen Chapman


Carrie Newcomer makes her fourth appearance on Mountain Stage in Charleston, W.Va. this Sunday.

Carrie Newcomer is a performer, recording artist, and educator, with 17 nationally released albums in her career. Described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe and one who “asks all the right questions” by Rolling Stone, Newcomer’s song “I Should’ve Known Better” appeared on Nickel Creek’s Grammy award-winning gold-certified album This Side, and she earned a regional Emmy for the PBS special “An Evening with Carrie Newcomer.” She’s been a featured guest on PBS’s Religion and Ethics and Krista Tippett’s On Being.

Newcomer’s latest is called The Point of Arrival, which follows a 2017 live album with her band Live at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater with Friends

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Erin Rae has made it her musical mission to redefine what a southern singer can be. In doing so she’s earned the respect of many peers and musical influencers, including Kathy Mattea and Grammy Award winner John Paul White, who signed her to his Florence, Alabama-based label, Single Lock Records. Her album Putting On Airs was released in June, which lead to an Emerging Act Of The Year nomination at the 2019 Americana Music Awards, and she just blew some minds with her Tiny Desk Concert.

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Lillie Mae’s new album, Other Girls, will be out August 16th on Third Man Records. Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb helped Lillie Mae craft and record the album in Historic RCA Studio A along with a small cast of trusted musicians, including siblings Frank Rische (guitar), Scarlett Rische (mandolin), and other long-time family collaborators.

The album is available for pre-order HERE, and on Friday Brooklyn Vegan debuted a new single, “A Golden Year.”

A video for the lead single “You’ve Got Other Girls for That” was directed by Misael Arriaga, which we’ve placed below. Earlier this year she opened shows for Jack White and Brendan Benson’s project The Raconteurs and this fall she hits the road with Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters.

Keep scrolling for more on this Sunday’s show.

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Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer Lisa Mednick Powell released her latest album Blue Book in 2018 after a long hiatus spent teaching English. She called on some friends from her musical history, Victoria Williams, Tommy Malone, Alison Young, and Greg Leisz among them, and to fill out the sounds on Blue Book.

Prior to the sabbatical, Powell released two critically acclaimed albums, Artifacts of Love and Semaphore, and made two appearances on Mountain Stage in 1994 and 1995. She learned to play the accordion in New Orleans, where she also took saxophone lessons from the late, great Charles Neville, and was a member of the rock n roll group The SongDogs.

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Advance tickets are available online and at Taylor Books in Downtown Charleston for just $20. Don’t forget, if you’re a Mountain Stage Member your tickets are just $15 (look for your member-code in your inbox). Mountain Stage Members make annual gifts of $120 or recurring monthly dontations of at least $10 a month and receive online pre-sale access to our Culture Center shows. You can browse our many levels and make your gift here, and after we’ve had time to process your membership (1-3 days) you’ll get an e-mail welcoming you to the club with your promo code!

Already have your tickets? Be sure to RSVP on Facebook if you’re joining us, and read on for more on each of our guests.

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