Josh Ritter, Backstage at Mountain Stage
This week’s encore broadcast of Mountain Stage features acclaimed singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band.
Since the release of his album “Golden Age of Radio,” Idaho-born Ritter has been splitting his time between the US and Ireland. In 2006, he was included in Paste Magazine’s “100 greatest living songwriters” alongside Dylan, Springsteen, and Neil Young.
During his Mountain Stage set, Ritter showcases songs from his most recent album, So Runs the World Away. You can listen to a preview of his performance right here in our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.
Judy Collins, Backstage at Mountain Stage
Also appearing on the show is folk icon Judy Collins.
Inspired by trailblazers like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and taking cues from the ‘50s folk revival, Collins embarked on a four decade long career that has spanned multiple genres. Backed by Russell Walden on piano, Collins sings songs from her most recent release Paradise.
Serena Ryder, Backstage at Mountain Stage
Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder also appears.
Armed with a riveting stage presence and a powerful three-octave vocal range, Ryder has been wowing audiences throughout the world. Now signed to Atlantic Records, Ryder was named “Artist of the Week” by Paste, and her full-length debut, Is It O.K. premiered at No. 1 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers Albums” chart and received a prestigious Juno Award for “Adult Alternative Album of the Year.”
Mary Gauthier appears live on Mountain Stage
Alt-country singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier also joins us.
Gauthier ("Go-Shay") exploded onto the scene in 1999 with her release Drag Queens in Limousines, which earned a four star review from Rolling Stone. Gauthier writes what she knows: She was put up for adoption by her birth mother and, at 15, she stole a car from her adopted parents and hit the road, eventually spending her 18th birthday in a Kansas jail. After attending culinary school, Gauthier opened the successful restaurant in Boston. Her most recent album is The Founding.
Megan McCormick performs live on Mountain Stage
Finally, you’ll here from Nashville-based indie pop musician Megan McCormick.
McCormick has garnered praise for her songwriting, beautiful vocal style and virtuoso guitar playing. Born in Idaho and raised in Alaska, McCormick moved to Nashville at age 16 after receiving the coveted Public Performance Scholarship at East Tennessee State University. She quickly became an integral part of the city’s vibrant songwriter community and an in-demand session player. McCormick’s debut album is Honest Words.
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