Patterson Hood, Backstage at Mountain Stage
This week’s broadcast of Mountain Stage was recorded in Athens Georgia, and features Patterson Hood of the Drive-By
Truckers, with a guest appearance from Mike Mills from REM. Also on this show
is legendary lyricist, musical arranger and all-around character Van Dyke
Parks. This episodes feeds to our
stations this Friday, May 4th. Click here to
see the playlist. Right now, you can preview Patterson’s performance via our Backstage at Mountain Stage vid, where he talks
about how his solo project differs from his work with the Truckers. And you can
also stream the song “Pride of the Yankees” from our upcoming
Mike Mills and Patterson Hood live on Mountain Stage
Patterson Hood’s last solo album, Murdering Oscar was released in
2009, and his latest, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance, is set to be
released in the near future. Patterson brought along a band he dubbed “The
Downtown Rumblers” (which included several members of the Drive-By Truckers) to
help capture the quieter textures of his solo work.
Mike Mills of REM made an unannounced guest appearance, joining Patterson
for his closing song, “After It’s Gone.” The two live in Athens, Georgia, and are both involved in a project that promotes
the preservation of their downtown. Needless to say, the audience ate it up.
Van Dyke Parks performs live on Mountain Stage
For music fans who pay attention to album credits, the name Van
Dyke Parks is nothing short of legendary. As a session musician,
composer, arranger, lyricist, and singer, he's contributed significantly to several
decades' worth of inimitable masterpieces credited to other artists, as well as
releasing notable projects of his own.
Working with a wide array of musicians,
from The Byrds and Sonny and Cher to Ry Cooder and Vic
Chesnutt, Parks is perhaps best known for collaborating with Brian Wilson on
the storied classic SmiLE. In 2011, Parks released his first new music in
more than 15 years, a series of singles that features the artwork of artists
including Art Spiegelman and WV’s Billy Edd Wheeler.
Teitur performs live on Mountain Stage
Singer-songwriter Teitur kicks off the show. Hailing
from Denmark's Faroe
Islands, a small, remote group of islands between Iceland
Teitur Lassen issued his debut, Poetry & Aeroplanes, on Universal Records
Supporting the disc, he was featured on MTV’s “You Heard It First,”
VH1 and CNN, and his songs were included on the soundtracks of the films My
Super Ex-Girlfriend and Aquamarine. He also toured with Rufus Wainwright,
Aimee Mann and John Mayer. His latest is titled Let the Dog Drive Home.
Caroline Aiken, live on Mountain Stage
Born and raised on the Georgia
Sea island, St. Simons, Caroline Aiken’s first
musical influence was Emma Lee Ramsey of the Georgia Sea Island Singers. She
moved to NY in the late ‘60s and joined the rock band Father Time.
music took her to California
during the early ‘70s, to South America, Seattle,
east to Greenwich Village and, in the early ‘80s, back
to Atlanta. It was then that she
heard the Indigo Girls - still teenagers - singing a CSNY song in an alley
behind the club Good Old Days. Aiken invited them onstage and sang on their
Randall Bramblett, live on Mountain Stage
Dubbed the “the William Faulkner of Southern music,” Randall
Bramblett came to prominence in the ‘70s as a member of the fusion band
Sea Level. Since then, his credits include work with Steve Winwood, Gregg
Allman, Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson.
Called “one of Georgia’s
musical treasures” by Widespread Panic’s Dave
Schools, Bramblett is a
multi-instrumentalist who excels on keyboards, saxophone and guitar, and a
respected songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Widespread
Panic, and Delbert McClinton.
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