Dave Alvin performs live on Mountain Stage
This week’s encore episode of Mountain Stage with Larry
Groce features roots rock songwriting icon Dave Alvin, along with contemporary
jazz and blues singer Catherine Russell, insurgent country and Americana
artist Will Hoge, Boston-based singer-songwriter Catie Curtis, and folk
mainstay Eliza Gilkyson.
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A true icon of roots music, this was Dave Alvin’s 6th
appearance on Mountain Stage. From his early work with his brother in The
Blasters to his eclectic career as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Alvin
has had richly varied musical path. After The Blasters, Alvin
was briefly the lead guitarist for seminal L.A. Punk Band X before releasing a
series of solo albums in the 80’s and 90’s that are widely regarded as
In 1989, Alvin scored a hit when he penned the Dwight Yoakam
chart topper “Long White Cadillac,” which you’ll hear on this week’s Mountain
Stage. You’ll also hear “Harlan County Line,” a song that gained a lot of
attention after being prominently featured in the season finale of the TV show
Will Hoge, Backstage at Mountain Stage
You’ll also hear from singer-songwriter Will Hoge. Situated
somewhere between heartland rock, soul, and country, Hoge’s powerful voice,
songwriting chops, and relentless touring schedule have earned him great deal
of respect among his peers. His song “Even If it Breaks Your Heart” has become
a radio hit for the Eli Young band, and his new album Seven has secured Hoge
multiple trips to the Opry stage of late. You can hear Will Hoge talk about his
career so far, and see clips of his performance in our latest Backstage at
Mountain Stage video above.
Catherine Russell performs live on Mountain Stage
simply put, one of the very best contemporary jazz and blues vocalists working
today. She’s shared the stage with everyone from Madonna and David Bowie to Issac
Hayes and Dolly Parton. Russell comes by it naturally – her father, the late
Luis Russell, was a pioneering pianist and composer who served as Louis
Armstrong’s musical director for many years. For her Mountain Stage
performance, you’ll get to hear Russell alongside her own band, lead by the wildly
talented guitarist Matt Munisteri. You can catch a preview of her performance here, via our Mountain Stage Song of the Week
, "Just Because You Can."
Catie Curtis, live on Mountain Stage
Boston-based singer-songwriter Catie Curtis also appears. Her
career has spanned 2 decades, and she’s earned both popular and critical
praise. She was called a “folk-rock goddess” by the New Yorker, and is regarded
as one of New England’s finest live performers. Her new
release, Stretch Limousine on Fire features a cameo by Mary Chapin Carpenter
and 10 original songs that explore the passing of life’s events. She’s backed
by her friend Jenna Lindbo on keys, along with the Mountain Stage band.
Eliza Gilkyson, live on Mountain Stage
Finally, you’ll hear from singer-songwriter Eliza
Gilkyson. Politically-minded and poetically-gifted, Gilkyson has become
one of the most respected musicians in roots, folk and Americana
circles. The Grammy-nominated artist has appeared on Austin City Limits, and
toured with Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
February of 2003, she was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame,
alongside Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Nanci Griffith, Billy Joe Shaver,
Butch Hancock, Joe Ely and others. She’s backed for her performance by the
Mountain Stage band.
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