All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the Clay Center, and the event remains general admission. Tickets for the show are $35 in advance and $40 day of show, available now through The Clay Center box office, 304.561.3570 or at theclaycenter.org. See the show's entire live show schedule here.
Mountain Stage will record episode #847 with country music singer and hit-songwriter Chris Stapleton, critically acclaimed vocalist Joan Osborne, veteran Texas songsmith Joe Ely and Rock My Soul, a collaboration between gospel groups The Fairfield Four and The McCrary Sisters. The two-plus hour show will be recorded for distribution to 150 NPR Stations nationwide in September.
Stapleton, whose songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, and George Straight, released his debut solo album “Traveller” to critical acclaim earlier this month. Stapleton appeared on Mountain Stage in 2008 as part of the beloved bluegrass group The SteelDrivers. It was that group who first recorded “If It Hadn’t Been for Love,” which was later covered by Adele and released on her “Live at Royal Albert Hall” concert DVD. Joan Osborne's early success led to a major-label deal and the release of her 1995 multi-platinum breakthrough album “Relish,” which included her Number One single "One of Us." That year marked her first of six appearances on Mountain Stage, and introduced her to a wide audience. She has regularly released stylistically diverse material ever since, including last year’s “Love & Hate,” which further cements her reputation as both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. More on the guests below this video.
Also a long-time friend of Mountain Stage, Joe Ely has appeared on the program solo and as a member of the legendary group The Flatlanders. Ely has been “online since 1983” and in the past year released “Bonfire of Roadmaps,” a memoir built out of journal entries and his own drawings. A contemporary history, 'ROCK MY SOUL' is the music of people, of community, of vitally talented individuals who come together with little but their incredibly gifted voices. Presented originally as a PBS Television special in March, The Fairfield Four and The McCrary Sisters were joined by Amos Lee, Lee Ann Womack and Lucinda Williams. They will reprise their performance for this special appearance on Mountain Stage.