Martin Sexton, Live on Mountain Stage
This week’s premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage was
recorded live in on the campus of West Virginia
in the sunny town of Buckhannon.
You’ll hear from contemporary folk master Martin Sexton, Canadian duo
Whitehorse, bluegrass band NewFound Road, soulful jammers the Ryan Montbleau
Band, and hometown favorite Belinda Smith.
Click here to find out when and where you can listen. And preview this week’s show via our Song of the Week.
This time, it’s Martin Sexton with a solo acoustic cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth,” complete with some very convincing beat boxing towards
the end of the performance.
If there's a song you're hoping to hear, check out the playlist.
A native of Syracuse, NY,
Martin Sexton relocated to Boston
where he began making his mark in the city’s vibrant coffee house and club
scene. A self-produced CD landed him a deal with Atlantic Records where he
released a pair of critically acclaimed discs, one of which featured bassist
Tony Levin and original E Street Band keyboardist David Sancious.
songs, which tap the American musical landscape - soul, gospel, R&B and
country - inspired a Billboard Magazine writer to call Sexton "the finest
new male singer-songwriter of recent memory." Following up 2010's Sugarcoating,
Sexton issued an EP titled Fall Like Rain. None other than John Mayer
described Sexton as "the best live performer I've ever seen."
Whitehorse perform live on Mountain Stage
Combining the unique talents of Canadian singer-songwriters
Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, Whitehorse is greater
than the sum of the parts. Individually, Doucet and McClelland have been
recognized with awards and nominations from the Juno Awards, the Canadian Folk
Music Awards, the Hamilton Music Awards, the Independent Music Awards and
Polaris. Together, they create vital music that plays off of their
personalities and chemistry.
NewFound Road perform live on Mountain Stage
One of the most exciting bluegrass bands of the new
millennium, NewFound Road has
shared the stage with a diverse array of artists including Oscar winner The
Swell Season, Joe Diffie, Hall of Famer Mavis Staples, Grammy nominee Ryan Shaw
and folk icon Judy Collins. In addition to powerful singer Tim Shelton, the
group includes mandolinist Joe Booher, bassist/brother Jamey, and
banjo/guitarist Josh Miller.
The Ryan Montbleau Band, live on Mountain Stage
Once an acoustic solo artist, Ryan
Montbleau released One
Fine Color, his first full band project in 2006. Following an
acoustic tour that Martin Sexton and Montbleau did together as solo performers,
Sexton hired the entire group to back him this spring and summer on a tour that
included a run of shows opening stadium gigs for the Dave Matthews Band. In
addition, Sexton produced the band’s latest CD, Heavy on the Vine.
Belinda Smith, live on Mountain Stage
A Dove Award Winning songwriter and singer, WV native Belinda
Smith moved to Nashville
in 1997 to pursue a career in songwriting. Since then, she has charted multiple
No. 1 songs, BMI play awards and owns an award winning publishing company, 7th
Row Music. Her songs have been recorded by artists ranging from FFH to Ty
Herndon. She is also the founder and president of Belinda Smith Creative, an
online company providing creativity mentoring for writers.
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