If you haven't taken the time yet, be sure to check out our new home for listening online at NPRMusic.org. Thanks to our new deal with National Public Radio, they'll be posting a different artist from each week's show every day, Monday thru Friday, with some bonus material every now and then.
On the radio Mountain Stage is one hour and 58 minutes every week. Unfortunately this means that some material, good or not-so-good, has to hit the cutting room floor. Thanks to NPRMusic.org, we can post an artist's set as it happened the night it went down.
Those of you long time listeners will take special interest in hearing a set by our host, artistic director and co-founder Larry Groce. Larry hadn't done a full set on the show in over 15 years and he'd never included the entire version of "Simple Song," the Mountain Stage theme, in the radio version of the show. If you check out Larry's portion of our special Mother's Day celebration, you can hear that and some other mother infused songs. Click Here.
We just added two new acts for our show in Bristol TN/VA at the Paramount Center for the Arts on State Street. Ed Snodderly, who I first heard at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, will bring his worn country wisdom to the stage. If you like guys like Greg Brown, John Prine and Peter Case, you'll be hip to Snodderly in no time.
Also just added to the Bristol show is Mike Farris, who's brings a praise inflected gospel with a dixie-land beat. His new record on INO Records is called "Salvation in Lights." Get a glimpse at www.mikefarris.net.
And finally for those of you in the Charleston, WV area, our good friend Janis Ian makes her return to the Mountain Stage on August 31, Labor Day weekend.
She's got a lot of labor to celebrate as of late with a new autobiography and a career spanning companion CD. Let us know if you're making the trip for the show- we'd love to hear from you. Who will travel the farthest?
Thanks for reading, and keep listening!