The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performed on Mountain Stage in March.
This week’s Mountain Stage Broadcast features the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, recorded live at the Paramount
Center for the Arts in Bristol
This was the seventh visit to Bristol
for Mountain Stage, in conjunction with the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance. The BCMA held several events over the weekend to celebrate the Bear Family records box set, "The Bristol Sessions - The Big Bang of Country Music," which collects for the first time all of the historic 1927 and 1928 recordings that happened in their historic border city. Mountain Stage was proud to cap off the weekend's events with a sold-out show.
Forty-five years after its formation, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band remains one of the most active and influential bands in roots music. Their cover of Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles” became a crossover hit
in 1971, and was included in their Mountain Stage set. You can listen to it now
as our Song of the Week.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops in rehearsal at Mountain Stage
Making their second appearance on Mountain Stage are
recent Grammy winners, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string
band steeped in the traditional sounds of North Carolina’s
Piedmont. Their record Genuine Negro Jig won Best Traditional Folk album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, and they brought two new members with them - Hubby Jenkins and Adam Matta - and a brand new energy.
Check out our interview with Jenkins and Dom Flemmons of the Chocolate Drops "Backstage at Mountain Stage."
Dale Jett & Hello Stranger with special guests John Carter Cash and Laura Cash.
Kim Fox, Dale Ann Bradley, and Steve Gulley
Jill Andrews performs live on Mountain Stage
You’ll also hear Knoxville-based singer Jill Andrews, formerly
of the alt-folk duo the everybodyfields. Her Self-titled EP was released in
2009, and her first solo album is due for release this June.
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