Kathy Mattea will be returning as guest host to welcome Steve Earle & The Dukes, Damien Jurado, Vanessa Peters, Alsarah & the Nubatones and Erika Wennerstrom.
UPDATE: Advance Tickets have sold out as of Friday morning. Any available tickets will be placed on sale starting at 5p.m. in the Culture Center lobby, $35.
A few tickets remain online and at Taylor Books for this Sunday’s Mountain Stage in Charleston, WV. If you’re unable to join us, then the next best thing is to catch the exclusive live-stream starting at 7p.m. EST.
Just point your browser to this post, MountainStage.org or VuHaus.com to watch along. Thanks to our partners in video production here at West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the public radio station video hub VuHaus for making it possible.
Earle returns to Mountain Stage for the seventh time with songs from GUY, a 16-song set comprised of songs written by one of his two primary songwriting mentors, the legendary Guy Clark. GUY appears ten years after his Grammy Award winning album TOWNES, his tribute to his other songwriting mentor, Townes Van Zandt. Produced by Earle and recorded by his longtime production partner Ray Kennedy, GUY features his latest incarnation of his backing band The Dukes including Kelley Looney on bass, Chris Masterson on guitar, Eleanor Whitmore on fiddle & mandolin, Ricky Ray Jackson on pedal steel guitar, and Brad Pemberton on drums & percussion. Hear Earle perform songs from Townes via NPR Music.
Steve Earle – Dublin Blues
Making his first appearance on Mountain Stage is Damien Jurado, who will bring songs from Shape of a Storm, his sparsest album to date. Gone are the thundering drums and psychedelic arrangements that defined the trilogy of concept albums he made with Richard Swift. Gone even is the atmospheric air that hovered above his early albums for Sub Pop. Here, there’s only Jurado’s voice, acoustic guitar, and occasional accompaniment from guitarist Josh Gordon.
Damien Jurado – “South”
Alsarah & the Nubatones features singer, songwriter, bandleader and a somewhat reluctant ethnomusicologist Alsarah. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, she relocated to Yemen with her family before abruptly moving to the USA, finally feeling most at home in Brooklyn, NY where she has been residing since 2004. She is a self-proclaimed practitioner of East-African Retro-Pop music. Working on various projects, she has toured both nationally and internationally.
Alsarah & The Nubatones: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
Erika Wennerstrom is taking a break from her Austin-based rock band, Heartless Bastards, who appeared on Mountain Stage in 2006, to deliver her solo debut Sweet Unknown. But fans of Heartless Bastards — which has released five critically- acclaimed albums since their 2003 inception, appeared on many late night television shows, and has drawn praise from Rolling Stone, Time, New York Times — need not worry. The band has not broken up. "We'd been going for so long and everyone in the band was just ready for a little break. But I had songs in me that needed to come out. I didn't think it was fair to push them to keep going and I didn't want to do it without them under the band name," explains Wennerstrom, who enlisted the help of HB's Jesse Ebaugh to play bass on 8 of the 9 tracks on Sweet Unknown.
With Vanessa Peters’s latest album, Foxhole Prayers, her already-considerable songwriting prowess has risen to its fullest stature, presented as a concise, gut-punching collection of songs composed of piercing observations of both the outside and inside worlds. Peters has spent two decades on the road, playing thousands of shows all over the USA and Europe, sleeping on couches and floors, crowdfunding a dozen records paid for by hard-earned fans, and racking up millions of miles in cars, trains, and planes all around the world.
Vanessa Peters – Carnival Barker