Live Show News: Three March Mountain Stage Shows Announced
Two shows in Charleston and one in Morgantown have been added to the live show schedule. Guests include J2B2, Karan Casey, Marc Cohn, Amy Speace, The Haden Triplets, Kat Edmonson and Ranky Tanky.
Friday Dec. 6, 2019 – Mountain Stage is adding to an already busy schedule of live tapings for 2020 with three shows just announced for the month of March. Two events scheduled for Charleston, WV are on sale NOW to Mountain Stage Members who make a recurring gift of $10 a month or $120 annually. Current Mountain Stage Members should check their e-mail inbox for instructions to get in on the pre-sale.
Our March 29 show in Morgantown, WV is on sale now.
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On Sunday March 15, Mountain Stage will emanate from our home at the Culture Center Theater on the State Capitol Grounds. With an esteemed resume that includes stints in the touring band of Elton John, and a member of the country-rock purveyors the Desert Rose Band, guitarist John Jorgenson will appear March 15 with his bluegrass project J2B2. The band features an elite group of pickers and singers, including another former Desert Rose Band colleague, and a past member of legendary bluegrass group The Dillards, Herb Pedersen. Mark Fain (Ricky Skaggs, Dixie Chicks, Alabama) joins on bass and Patrick Sauber (Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis) will be on acoustic guitar and vocals.
J2B2’s debut album, From The Crow’s Nest, was recorded in Sheryl Crow’s home barn studio in Nashville,
Tennessee. The album was recently released as part of a John Jorgenson limited edition, 3-CD box set called DIVERTUOSO (Cleopatra Records). The collection also includes a set of gypsy jazz numbers, and electric instrumentals, both of which Jorgenson has developed an expert reputation. This will be Jorgenson’s fifth stop on Mountain Stage since 2006.
Alongside J2B2, appearing on March 15 will also be Karan Casey, one of Irish folk music’s most distinct and revered voices. In a career that has spanned over 25 years, Karan has released 7 solo albums, a children’s album and a duet release with John Doyle, in addition to countless other collaborations. This will make Casey’s fourth appearance on Mountain Stage since 2001.
Making his fourth appearance since 2008 on March 15 is North Carolina’s authentic acoustic blues and roots singer Malcolm Holcombe, whose latest, “Come Hell or High Water” is “trademark Malcolm: chiseled out of a life abundant in both hard times and sweet ones.”
Tickets for March 15 will be available online and at Taylor Books, 226 Charleston, WV, starting Friday December 13 at 10a.m. EST.
Sunday March 22 Mountain Stage reconvenes in Charleston once again for a showcase of modern American roots music, with some world-renowned talents and some of the next generations emerging talents.
Revered singer, songwriter and Grammy winner, Marc Cohn will return on March 22, armed with songs from his prolific career that began with his smash hit song “Walking In Memphis.” His most recent output includes Work to Do, a highly praised collaboration with the veteran gospel stars Blind Boys of Alabama.
Joining us on March 22 will be Amy Speace (rescheduled from August), who will bring with her songs from the universally praised latest release Me And The Ghost Of Charlemagne. “An album about the colliding of dreams and reality,” Speace is at her most honest state on this record, recorded with long time collaborator Neilson Hubbard and recorded during the final weeks of Speace's pregnancy with her first son. In November her song “Some Dreams Do” was featured at Rolling Stone Country as one of 10 Best Country & Americana Songs to Hear Now.
The Haden Triplets—Petra, Rachel and Tanya— are preparing for the January 24 release of their new album, The Family Songbook (Trimeter Records / Thirty Tigers). Promo materials state “The Triplets’ sound is as otherworldly as ever—evocative of both the old, weird America and a specific brand of vocal charm that anyone who’s minded indie-rock since the early ’90s will recognize.” The Family Songbook contains Americana standards like “Wayfaring Stranger,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “Wildwood Flower” and “Pretty Baby,” as well as outside the box choices like Kanye West’s “Say You Will,” which gets a stark, flamenco-tinged treatment. They join us March 22 at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV.
Also appearing on March 22, for their second time on Mountain Stage, is the alt-indie duo Frances Luke Accord. Founded while Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers were attending University of Notre Dame, they moved to Chicago in 2013 while releasing two self-produced EPs. Their full-length debut, Fluke, arrived in 2016 to critical acclaim and led to their first appearance on Mountain Stage. Frances Luke Accord have done shows with Darlingside and Anais Mitchell, meanwhile drawing comparisons to legends like Simon & Garfunkel while embracing a style contemporary to Bon Iver and Jose Gonzales. Maria (2018) and Silver & Gold EP (2019) reflect their evolution with a fresh vitality and set the bar high for their upcoming sophomore LP, coming in 2020.
Tickets for March 22 will be available online and at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St. Charleston, WV, starting Friday December 13 at 10a.m. EST.
Mountain Stage returns to Morgantown on Sunday March 29 for a show packed with talent and wide stylistic breadth. Regaled vocalist and songwriter Kat Edmonson, who has joined us three times previously, will be bringing her whole band and new songs from her anticipated album Dreamers Do, out on February 7 via Spinette Records (pre-order HERE). The album blends original compositions and reimagined mid-20th century classic Disney songs, and tells a story, which takes place over the course of one sleepless night.
You can revisit her lats appearance and hear some songs from Old Fashioned Gal via NPR Music.
Recent Grammy-nominees Ranky Tanky will return to Mountain Stage on March 29 in Morgantown. This South Carolina group specializes in a regional blend of gospel, blues and roots that’s garnered praise from all over. Their new album Good Time was just nominated for next year’s Grammy Awards for Best Regional Roots Music Album.
We’re excited to bring the expansive sound of Moonlight Benjamin to Morgantown on March 29. This group’s new album Siltane boasts a fusion between “Caribbean voodoo melodies and rhythms, and the 70's US blues rock.” Featuring Haitian vocalist Moonlight, the band’s “Voodoo Trance” is going to a hypnotic addition to the line-up.
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