The Hold Steady on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage
This week’s radio broadcast of Mountain Stage features an acoustic performance by Brooklyn-based rock & roll band, The Hold Steady. You’ll also hear from piano songstress Brooke Waggoner, contemporary string band Crooked Still, Americana songwriter Joe Pug and pop tune-smith Matt White.
The Hold Steady, Backstage at Mountain Stage
Combining the guitar driven post-punk sensibilities of Midwestern bands like The Replacements and Husker Du with lyricism and cinematic storytelling reminiscent of 70’s-era Springsteen, The Hold Steady are often referred to as the best bar band in America. They visit Mountain Stage for a special acoustic performance in support of their most recent release, Heaven is Whenever.
Crooked Still, Backstage at Mountain Stage
Boston-based alternative bluegrass ensemble Crooked Still
also appears. Some Strange Country
, the group’s latest release, includes four original compositions alongside innovative arrangements of traditional tunes and a take on the Rolling Stones’ “You Got the Silver.” Guest vocalists include Ricky Skaggs and West Virginia’s own Tim O’Brien.
Joe Pug, Backstage at Mountain Stage
After studying to be a playwright at the University of North Carolina, Joe Pug moved to Chicago to pursue songwriting. He's earned opening slots for Steve Earle, M. Ward, and Josh Ritter, and an “Emerging Artist of the Year” nomination from the Americana Music Association. His full-length debut is Messenger.
You'll also hear from Louisiana-born piano songstress Brooke Waggoner, and pop tunesmith Matt White. Not long after White's appearance on Mountain Stage, one of his songs was featured in a lighthearted commercial for a strangely popular ground pork sandwich. His latest release is It's The Good Crazy, and Waggoner's latest effort is Go Easy Little Doves.
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