Mountain Stage is back at the Culture Center Theater this
weekend for our last show of 2011.
We’re thrilled to the marrow to be joined once again by the
original Honky Tonk Hero, the legendary Billy Joe Shaver.
everyone who’s anyone as one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th
century and beyond, Shaver first came to the attention of music lovers when Waylon
Jennings filled nearly an entire album with Shaver’s songs, kicking off the
outlaw country movement. To date, Shaver has released 23 albums, and his songs
have been recorded by Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley,
and Bob Dylan – just to name a few. His latest is a honky-tonk gospel affair, Everybody's Brother, which features duets with Marty Stuart, John Anderson, Tanya Tucker and more.
Noam Pikelny & Steve Martin on Late Night with David Letterman
Banjo man Noam Pikelny will also be there. A charter member
of the Chris Thile project The Punch Brothers, in 2010, Steve Martin awarded Pikelny
the first ever “Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass,”
describing Pikelny as “a player of unlimited range and astonishing precision.”
On his new release, Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail, Pikelny is backed by an
all-star band of heroes and legends of acoustic music, including fellow Punch
Brothers Gabe Witcher and Chris Eldridge, bassist Mark Schatz, fiddle player Stuart
Duncan, vocalist-mandolinist Tim O’Brien, and dobro player Jerry Douglas. (Witcher, Eldridge and Schatz will appear alongside Pikelny this Sunday),
Matraca Berg, appearing live on Mountain Stage December 4
You’ll also hear from country singer-songwriter Matraca Berg. One of Nashville’s most
revered and sought-after songwriters, Matraca Berg’s tunes have been recorded
by Linda Ronstadt, Reba McEntire, Dusty Springfield, Patty Loveless, Trisha
Yearwood, Suzy Bogguss, Pam Tillis, Deana Carter and Martina McBride.
her first No. 1 song at 18, her first Grammy nomination at 22, and in 1997, won
the Country Music Association’s “Song of the Year” for “Strawberry Wine.” She
was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008, and just recently her song “You and Tequila” (performed by Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter) was nominated for a Grammy. The song also appears on her new album, The Dreaming Fields, her first new release in 14 years.
Caleb Klauder Country Band, appearing live on Mountain Stage December 4
April Verch Band, and the Caleb Klauder Country Band
round out the show. Building
on Klauder’s intense love of honky-tonk, rockabilly, outlaw and early country,
and infusing the songs with Caleb's dry, dusty voice and mature songwriting,
the Caleb Klauder Country Band is a rising star in today's Americana pantheon. You can read more about Klauder here
The April Verch band, appearing live on Mountain Stage December 4
April Verch is a
young, yet internationally renowned Canadian ﬁddler, singer, songwriter
and stepdancer who roots music luminary Dirk Powell called “… a rare mix of all
the technique and super-ﬂashy things, along with the deep soul and tradition
that comes from having grown up with the music.” Her 8th album, That’s How We Run, braces southern mountain and old time music with her plucky
Tickets for this show are available online, by phone (800.549.TIXX)
and in person at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston.
You can get your tickets at the door this Sunday at the Culture
Center, but you save yourself 10
bucks by purchasing in advance.
Thanks for supporting Mountain Stage in 2011. We begin our
29th season at our home-away-from-home in Morgantown,
where our guest will be incendiary blues-rock guitarist and living legend Johnny Winter and soul-blues sensation Ruthie Foster.
Our next show in Charleston
is February 5, with roots music icon Darrell Scott. You can see our current 2012 live show schedule here. We’ll see you