Lizz Wright appears live on Mountain Stage
Recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, this week’s encore broadcast of Mountain Stage features Lizz Wright, The Holmes Brothers, Paper Raincoat, Fruit Bats, Deolinda and Raul Midon.
Lizz Wright, Backstage at Mountain Stage
Embracing the history of jazz, gospel and rhythm & blues, vocalist Lizz Wright took the music world by storm in 2003 with her debut album Salt which put her rich, gospel-trained contralto in a soulful R&B-meets-jazz setting.
Her sophomore release Dreaming Wide Awake combined songs performed by Neil Young, Fats Waller, The Beatles, and Madonna with collaborations with some contemporary songwriters.
Her latest release, Fellowship, continues her musical evolution. You can hear a preview of her performance in our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.
The Holmes Brothers, Backstage at Mountain Stage
With their soulful blend of gospel, country and rhythm & blues, The Holmes Brothers have rightfully been called one of the country’s best and most important roots groups.
Brothers Wendell and Sherman have played together for more than a half-century, while so-called late-comer Popsy Dixon joined some 30 years ago.
On their latest release Feed My Soul, the trio takes on a range of material that includes tunes by the Beatles and West Virginia native John “Some Kind of Wonderful” Ellison, as well as nine originals.
Fruit Bats, Backstage at Mountain Stage
We’re also joined by indie pop group Fruit Bats. An early entry into the folk-rock boom of the new millennium, the group has been through several personnel changes over the years, but revolves around singer/songwriter Eric D. Johnson.
The group continues to use bright melodies, defiant major-key chord structures to create its own brand of shimmery pop. Their most recent release is Tripper.
Paper Raincoat, Backstage at Mountain Stage
Heralded as a “virtuoso” by The New York Times, New Mexico-born, New York-based Raul Midon created a buzz even before the release of his debut album.
Stevie Wonder, Jason Mraz (who have also collaborated with Midon in the studio) and Jeff Beck are champions of Midon’s music, and more recently, Midon recruited West Virginia native Bill Withers to come to his house and record. The result was featured in the acclaimed documentary Still Bill.