This weekend we load up our 3.5 tons of equipment and head south to historic Bristol, TN/VA, site of the legendary "Bristol Sessions," where the Carter Family, Jimmy Rodgers, The Stoneman Family and many others cut some of the world's first commercially succesful recordings in 1927 - widely referred to as the "Big Bang" of Country music.
This will be our fourth Mountain Stage radio production at the Paramount Center for the Arts, this Sunday August 16. Again it is with the help of our friends at the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, that makes this trip possible. This Sunday's show will be a fundraiser for the organization.
There are still a few tickets left, but they are going fast, so we hope you can make it a point to join us in this beautiful city for a road-show edition of Mountain Stage. You can read more about the show in our "Setting the Stage" newsletter (by Shawn Patterson, PDF reader required) by clicking HERE. The newsletter includes info on tickets and our guest artists.
We'll have more on this weekend's RADIO BROADCAST coming up soon. It's an encore presentation featuring folk-icon Janis Ian, who had her first hit at the age of 14; Janiva Magness, who took home this year's BB King Entertainer of the Year honor at the Blues Music Awards; Nashville alt-pop star Matthew Perryman Jones; Ellis Paul, whose song "The World Ain't Slowin Down" was heard in the "Me, Myself & Irene" soundtrack; and Joshua Radin, whose somber, contemplative lyrics have been heard underneath credits and during gripping emotional scenes of TV's hottest shows.
Click HERE for a list of stations and airtimes, or listen Sunday afternoon at 3pm via WV Public Broadcasting's STREAMING AUDIO by clicking HERE.