Want to celebrate musicians' birthdays late at night from the comfort of your home but don't know how? This weekend's "Mountain Stage After Midnight" performances have got you covered. Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best performances from Mountain Stage's 31 year history and shares them with our late night listeners. Each week, we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes and they'll alternate order each night.
Since bluegrass-country virtuoso Alison Kraus and eclectic rockabilly band NRBQ's Alan "Al" Anderson celebrated birthdays this past week, expect to hear their music (among others) on the Saturday July 26 and Sunday July 27 editions of "Mountain Stage After Midnight."
First, an episode from August 2001 featuring "The Queen of Mountain Soul" Patty Loveless, Canadian alt-folk band Crash Test Dummies, silky-voiced Americana artist Irene Kelley, and July birthday girl Alison Krauss.
Next, you'll hear a 2003 episode featuring the likes of American blues guitarist Robert Cray, blues harmonica master Kim Wilson, Chicago blues singer-songwriter E.G. Kight, legendary pop producer and musician Don Dixon, and spontaneous rock group NRBQ (of which July birthday boy Al Alderson was the lead guitarist from 1974-1994).
Have a Mountain Stage performance in mind that you'd love to hear overnight weekends? Send us your recommendations over at the show's Facebook and Twitter. While you're at it, make sure to check out The Mountain Stage Podcast for even more reasons why Mountain Stage remains the home of live music on public radio.