Mountain Stage is taking the show on the road this weekend. On Friday we'll pile our staff and crew on a bus to New York City, with a 35 ft box truck hauling about 2.5 tons of audio equipment following behind, for a show at The Town Hall on West 43rd St. There is always something happening in the Big Apple, so we're glad the New Yorker Magazine had this to say about our show:
TOWN HALL-123 W. 43rd St. (212-307-4100)
—"Mountain Stage with Larry Groce"—the live-music radio show produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and heard around the country on NPR—has been showcasing established and emerging country, roots, blues, and rock musicians for nearly a quarter century. (Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, and the Barenaked Ladies are but a handful of artists who were given national exposure on the program early in their careers.) Though usually recorded live in Charleston, it hits the road on occasion, and will touch down here on Oct. 25. The bill features the Canadian singer-songwriter and environmental activist Bruce Cockburn, Rodney Crowell (who just released "Sex & Gasoline," a fine bookend to his 1988 breakthrough album, "Diamonds & Dirt"), Rosanne Cash, and Todd Snider. (For more information, see www.mountainstage.org.)
There is also a review (click to go to the New Yorker) of the new Todd Snider record with a tag to the show:
The folksinger and songwriter Todd Snider has gone on record as being interested in the comic possibilities of pop music. Several records, in fact. One of his earliest hits was the mordant "Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues," back in 1994, and his two most recent albums, "East Nashville Skyline" and "The Devil You Know," have included portraits of Mike Tyson and George W. Bush that are pointed but not without pathos. Snider’s shambling faux-stoner style is on full display on a new mini-album, "Peace Queer," whose leadoff track, "Mission Accomplished (Because You Gotta Have Faith)," weaves together George Michael, Will Rogers, and the war in Iraq. ("Peace Queer" is available for free download from Snider’s Web site for the rest of October.) As comically surefooted as Snider is on his recordings, even he can’t compete with his stage persona, where he digresses between songs, sometimes at great length, always with great humor. Snider appears Oct. 25 as part of a live version of NPR’s "Mountain Stage," at Town Hall.
Tell all your friends in the city that WV's Postcard to the World is coming their way this Saturday.
P.S.: You folks here in Charleston, WV can get a glimpse of Todd Snider when he joins us on November 2. Click here for more, and here for tickets.
(Left- Mountain Stage Band Members Bob Thompson, Steve Hill and Ron Sowell -"I Dont' Think We're in Charleston Anymore"- last May in NYC)