Billy Joe Shaver: A legend since The Get Go
This week’s premier broadcast of Mountain Stage features
country music legend Billy Joe Shaver, banjo man Noam Pikelny, Nashville
singer-songwriter Matraca Berg, the Caleb Klauder Country Band, and Canadian
fiddler April Verch. Click here to find
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Billy Joe Shaver is the original Honky Tonk Hero. Revered by 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.
In his 6th appearance on the
show, Shaver plays a few old favorites, but also shares a few new tunes: The
autobiographical “Wacko From Waco,” which chronicles a much-publicized shooting that Shaver was
involved in, and the tell-it-like-is anthem “The Get Go.” As always, you can catch
a preview of his performance via our Mountain Stage song
of the week, the bittersweet “Live Forever,” which Shaver wrote with his
late son, guitarist Eddy Shaver.
Noam Pikelny & Friends, live on Mountain Stage
You’ll also hear from Noam Pikelny & Friends. A
charter member of theThe 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.”
Pikelny brings songs from Beat The
Devil and Carry A Rail, along with his friends, fellow Punch
Brothers Gabe Witcher, Chris Eldridge, bass player Mark Schatz.
Matraca Berg, live on Mountain Stage
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, and Martina McBride. You’ll hear her
play her song “Strawberry Wine,” which was a career-defining hit for Deana Carter
in the 90’s, and “You and Tequila,” which was recently taken to the top of the country charts by Kenny Chesney and
Grace Potter. Berg is backed on guitar by her husband Jeff Hanna, who also
happens to be a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Caleb Klauder Country Band, live on Mountain Stage
The 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.
April Verch Band, live on Mountain Stage
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 Canadian roots.
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