Fairbanks, Alaska, August 2012
little over a month ago, Mountain Stage traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska
to record two shows, as guests of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
We were truly honored that they thought so highly of Mountain Stage
that they sent our team – and our equipment – 4000 miles away. By
every measure, it was no easy task.
Davis Concert Hall, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Hot Club of Cowtown, live on Mountain Stage in Fairbanks, AK
Club of Cowtown closes the show. A perfect fusion of hot jazz and
western swing, Hot Club of Cowtown was inspired by legendary jazz
guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli's Hot
Club of France, and the Western swing influence of Bob Wills and His
Since their 1998 debut, the group has become a
favorite at festivals in this country and overseas, opening stadium
shows for Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. You can preview their
performance via our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.
Horse Feathers, Live on Mountain Stage in Fairbanks, AK
also hear from chamber-folk band Horse Feathers. Based out of
Portland, Oregon, Horse Feathers centers around singer-songwriter
Justin Ringle and a rotating cast of supporting musicians adding
strings, horns woodwinds and brass.
Influenced by both the stark
folk music of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska
and the post-classical work of Scandinavian composer Max Richter, the
band signed with the Kill Rock Stars label in 2007 and released the
stunning House with No
Home which became one of
the highest-selling debuts in the label’s history. Thistled
Spring, released in
2010, marking the group's first release without Broderick. The band's
fourth and current CD is titled Cynic’s
Tim Easton live on Mountain Stage in Fairbanks, AK
pursuing a solo career, Tim Easton was a member of Ohio bands Kosher
Spears and the country-rocking Haynes Boys. Striking out on his own,
he found a home at New West Records, and toured and mentored with the
likes of Lucinda Williams and the Flatlanders.
For his fifth release,
Easton, recruited some former bandmates from Ohio and traveled to
Nashville where he also tapped the considerable talents of noted
guitarist Kenny Vaughn. Now living in Joshua Tree, Easton is also a
visual artist who had a showing at this year’s SXSW conference.
The Whipsaws, live on Mountain Stage in Fairbanks, AK
bar room favorites The Whipsaws also appear. Formed in the
mid-2000's, The Whipsaws and have earned praise from seasoned vets
like Lucinda Williams, and toured the Lower 48 3 times, with the high
point being appearances at SXSW. Its final SXSW gig was backing Tim
Easton (who guested on 60
Watt Avenue) at the
Continental Club with Lucinda Williams joining in.
Melissa Mitchell, live on Mountain Stage in Fairbanks, AK
Mitchell kicks off the show. A native of Kasilof, Alaska,
singer-songwriter Melissa Mitchell has performed with artists
including Jewel, Mason Jennings, the Indigo Girls and Greg Brown. In
2005, she became a volunteer for the Arts in Corrections Program at
California’s Folsom Prison and on Thanksgiving eve of that year
performed in a nationally broadcast concert with Michael Franti - the
first live concert at the prison since the 1968 performance by Johnny
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