Live Show News: October Mountain Stage Shows to Feature Shovels & Rope, Robert Randolph and More

Jul 12, 2019

Mountain Stage Members are first in line for tickets to the latest additions to the Mountain Stage live show schedule.

The Mountain Stage calendar continues to fill up as the long-running public radio program is announcing two live events for October here in Charleston, W.Va. Both shows will be at the Culture Center Theater and advance tickets are only $20. Mountain Stage Members get online access starting now, then tickets will be available at Taylor Books and via Eventbrite starting Friday July 19 at 10a.m.

On Sunday October 6 Mountain Stage host Larry Groce will welcome Americana music darlings Shovels & Rope back to the show for the fourth time since 2013. Their new album, By Blood, was released by Dualtone Records back in April. Writing for NPR Music, Brittney McKenna said By Blood is “an impressive feat of song craft from one of roots music's most exciting, unpredictable acts.”

Shovels & Rope- “Mississippi Nuthin’”

Kelsey Waldon just signed to John Prine's Oh Boy Records, and appears Sun. Oct. 6 in Charleston, WV on Mountain Stage.

Kelsey Waldon will also join us October 6, just two days after the release of her new album White Noise/White Lines. Garden & Gun called Waldon one of  “classic country’s rising torchbearers,” and last month she became the first artist to sign to John Prine’s Oh Boy Records in 15 years.

Waldon has played on the Grand Ole Opry and has been featured on some of the country’s biggest festival lineups, including ROMP Fest, Pickathon, Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion, National Folk Festival, and Gasparilla, to name a few.

More live show news after this video.
Kelsey Waldon - "Anyhow"

The festival scene in our region and across the country is already well acquainted with songwriter and singer Cris Jacobs. An original member of Baltimore jam-outfit The Bridge, Jacobs has appeared solo on Mountain Stage twice, but will be bringing his band with him on October 27. (UPDATE: We have re-scheduled Cris Jacobs to October 6 at the request of the artist.) The band is nearby at the inaugural 4848 Festival at Snowshoe Mountain July 12.

Cris Jacobs - Painted Roads

Robert Randolph & the Family Band return to Mountain Stage Sun. Oct. 27 in Charleston, WV.
Credit Jim Arbogast

Sunday October 27 we will welcome some true roots-music all-stars together on the same bill. Starting with renowned pedal steel style-blender Robert Randolph & the Family Band, who will return to Mountain Stage for the first time since 2001 with songs from their upcoming album, Brighter Days, due August 23. Randolph and company’s inviting sound finds them at home on the jam scene, at jazz festivals, on blues cruises and at performing arts centers alike. Their previous effort, Got Soul, was nominated for a 2018 Grammy award.

Robert Randolph & the Family Band – “Baptise Me”

Credit Gregg Roth

The duo of Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams will return on October 27 with songs from their new album Contraband Love. They just returned from shows in Italy, followed by a gig with Phil Lesh & Friends at Mountain Jam. Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon and Phil Lesh are among their biggest fans and occasional collaborators, and Larry and Teresa were both members of Levon Helm’s band until he passed away. They appeared on Mountain Stage in 2015 (Listen via NPR Music) and we are excited to welcome them back.

We’ve been working to finalize the other live shows that are already on sale and we are pleased to welcome back Maya De Vitry, who has joined us before with The Stray Birds (8/4) and Amy Speace (9/29). Visit the Live Show Schedule for more details on each show.

*UPDATE: Chely Wright has requested to postpone her appearance on Mountain Stage Sunday August 11. We will work to reschedule her as soon as possible. Look for updates on the August 11 line-up on social media and MountainStage.org.