Mountain Stage is thrilled to announce that we’re traveling to Athens Ohio on Sunday, October 9 for a show at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, where our guests will include alt-country pioneers The Jayhawks. We’ll also be joined by Hot Tuna, Karan Casey & John Doyle, Ha Ha Tonka, and Southeast Engine.
Tickets for this show will be available August 1 at the box office, online and by phone (740-593-1780). Doors open at 6:30, and showtime is 7 p.m.
Led by the sweet harmonies, gifted songwriting and crunchy guitars of Gary Louris and Mark Olson, The Jayhawks were among the first bands to combine elements of traditional country, punk, folk, and classic rock into a form of stately Americana that would eventually be labeled “alternative country.”
After the release of the two landmark albums Hollywood Town Hall in 1992 and Tomorrow the Green Grass in 1995 Mark Olson departed, launching his own acclaimed solo career, while Louris stayed on to record three more Jayhawks albums before announcing an indefinite hiatus in 2004. In 2005 Louris and Olson eventually found their way back together and began playing a series of shows together before releasing Ready for the Flood in 2009.
Now reunited as the Jayhawks, the band issued a compilation disc in 2009, and will release an eagerly-awaited album of new material in September called Mockingbird Time.
We’ll also be joined by iconic blues-roots band Hot Tuna. Formed some four decades ago by Jefferson Airplane members Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen, Hot Tuna has released its first new album in twenty years, Steady as She Goes.
Irish vocalist Karan Casey and guitar virtuoso John Doyle were founding members of traditional supergroup Solas, and for their new project Exile's Return, the two former bandmates reunite to create a stripped-down album that showcases the power of traditional songs.
Ozark based indie rockers Ha Ha Tonka wrap rural images of their native Missouri with southern rock, folk, country and bluegrass. This spring they released Death of a Decade, and the bad was recently featured in the Ozarks episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations alongside Winter’s Bone author Daniel Woodrell.
Drawing from both the rich melancholy of Appalachia and the once-thriving indie rock scene in nearby Dayton Southeast Engine was launched in 1999 by Ohio University students singer/songwriter Adam Remnant and drummer Leo DeLuca. The band signed with Misra Records in 2007, and released their first internationally distributed album, A Wheel Within A Wheel, later that year. The group’s latest album Canary tells the story of an Appalachian family struggling through the great depression.
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