Lucinda Williams, live on Mountain Stage
This week’s Mountain Stage broadcast features pioneering
alt-country songwriter Lucinda Williams, with tunes from her most recent studio
album, Blessed. You’ll also hear from folk supergroup Red Horse, and husband and
wife duo Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. And two young indie folk bands
stop by: Ivan & Alyosha, and The Low Anthem.
“Such-and-such artist needs no introduction to Mountain
Stage audiences” is a sentence we find our self repeating often, but when it
comes to someone like Lucinda Williams, it’s true. Her
first nationally broadcast performance was on Mountain
Stage in 1989, and by the time her landmark album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
was released in 1998, Williams was arguable the quintessential alt-country
singer songwriter. She makes her fifth appearance on the show, this time solo.
Preview her performance via our Mountain Stage song of
the Week, “Born to be Loved.”
Red Horse, Backstage at Mountain Stage
Singer-songwriter John Gorka
jokes about the moniker “folk supergroup” being a contradiction in terms, but
if there was ever a such thing, Red Horse is it. Comprised
of Gorka, along with Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson,
the trio recorded an album of each other’s songs, which they perform at the top
of the show’s second hour.
Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, live on Mountain Stage
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
return to Mountain Stage to
perform four songs from Bright Examples,
the couple's first album as a duo in five years. Blending alternative folk and
country with a hints of classic rock and pop, the pair enlisted Vetiver's
Andy Cabic, as well as longtime friends Gary
Louris and Mark Olson (of The
Jayhawks) to help craft the album's lush, tuneful sound.
The Low Anthem, live on Mountain Stage
indie folk quartet The Low Anthem make their second
appearance on Mountain Stage. They switch back and forth between 11 instruments
during their five-song Mountain Stage
set, including World War II-era pump organ, dulcimer, clarinet, trumpet, fiddle
and musical saw to recreate the sounds from their latest release Smart Flesh.
Ivan & Alyosha live on Mountain Stage
Finally, you’ll hear from folk-pop group Ivan & Alyosha. Beatles-esque
harmonies and infectious guitar hooks abound in the group's four-song Mountain Stage set, which includes
three tunes from Fathers Be Kind,
as well as their buzzed about song "Easy to Love."
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