Brett Dennen, live on Mountain Stage
Mountain Stage is back this week with a broadcast featuring folk-pop singer-songwriter Brett Dennen, string band revivalists the
Red Clay Ramblers, country newcomer Charlie Worsham, European bluegrass
instrumentalists The Kruger Brothers, and retro-Americana singer Nikki Lane.
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Northern California-based singer-songwriter Brett Dennen
began signing fireside as a camp counselor, and slowly picked up a devoted West
In 2004 he was championed by KCRW “the best unsigned artist
of the year,” named by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 artists to watch, and
songs have been featured on Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters,
and House. Originally set to appear with his full band, Dennen was
battling serious cast of the flu the day of his Mountain Stage appearance. Ever
the professional, Dennen chose to play a stripped down set, backed only by a
bottle of cold medicine and a mug of hot tea.
The Red Clay Ramblers, live on Mountain Stage
You’ll also hear from revered string band revivalists the Red Clay Ramblers. Formed in North Carolina over 40 years ago, The Ramblers draw on everything
from mountain music and country to rock and New Orleans Jazz. They’ve also
maintained a long association with theater, scoring numerous American musicals
(including several for playwright and actor Sam Shepard) earning them a Tony.
They’ve been called “the house band of North Carolina.”
Charlie Worsham, backstage at Mountain Stage
The Kruger Brothers, live on Mountain Stage
The Kruger Brothers also stop by. Originally from Europe,
and now making their home in North Carolina, Jens and Uwe Kruger were
introduced to American audiences in the 90’s, and quickly gained the attention
none other than Bill Monroe. Exploring the fertile ground between bluegrass and
jazz, in 2010, the Kruger Brothers also premiered a new work for banjo, guitar,
bass and chamber orchestra titled "An Appalachian Concerto.”
Nikki Lane, live on Mountain Stage
Finally, you’ll hear from Nikki Lane. Her path to country
music winds from her native Greenville, South Carolina through Los Angeles, New
York, and finally to Nashville, where she also operates a vintage clothing
store called - what else - High Class Hillbilly. Her retro-voiced four-song EP called Gone,
Gone, Gone was released in July to much interest and acclaim.
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