The Nighthawks, live on Mountain Stage
This week’s premier broadcast of Mountain Stage features journeyman
roots rock & blues band The Nighthawks, along with acclaimed songwriter
Sarah Siskind, folk duo The Milk Carton Kids, singer-songwriter Lucy Wainwright
Roche, and the description-defying Chandler Travis Three-O.
Nighthawks guitarist and Etch-A-Sketch master Paul Bell left this for us in the green room
Though often labeled a blues band, after hearing The Nighthawks’ signature fusion of rock, jump jazz and roadhouse blues, you’ll
recognize their music as roots rock in its truest form – except that they were
doing it decades before the term existed. Lead by harmonica player and singer Mark
Wenner for 3 decades, they’ve spent time on the road playing with legends like
Muddy Waters and Carl Perkins. And for this Mountain Stage show (which was
recorded in October) the ‘Hawks were set to appear alongside none other than
Hubert Sumlin, who had just fallen ill.
Here a preview of their set now via our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.
The Milk Carton Kids, live on Mountain Stage
You’ll also hear a set from The Milk Carton Kids. Comprised
of Kenneth Pattengale & Joey Ryan, comparisons to classic folk pairings
like Simon & Garfunkel write themselves, and dare we say the duo's
intricate guitar picking is reminiscent of David Rawlings’ work with Gillian
Sarah Siskind, live on Mountain Stage
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sarah Siskind also appears. Highly
regarded among her peers, Siskind has seen her work covered by Alison Krauss,
the Infamous Stringdusters, and Bon Iver.
Lucy Wainwright Roche live on Mountain Stage
Lucy Wainwright Roche stops by. Her most recent album Lucy features contributions from
The Roches, The Indigo Girls, and This
American Life’s Ira Glass. She finishes her set with a brilliant cover
of Fleetwood Mac’s "Everywhere," which also appears on her new album.
Chandler Travis Three-O, live on Mountain Stage
Finally – you’ll be introduced to the Chandler TravisThree-O. Combining elements of acoustic folk, jazz, psychedelica, and pure
absurdity – all you need to know is that half of the "Three-O" (which naturally, is comprised of 4 members) changed into brightly
colored pajamas after their first song. Travis and his band spent a full decade opening for none other
than George Carlin, paving the way for the modern intersection between music
and comedy. Their tune “Drunk Angry People Shut Up” is not to be missed.
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