Dr. Dog, live on Mountain Stage
Mountain Stage returns to your radio this weekend with another premiere episode of live performance radio. You’ll hear from oddball rockers Dr. Dog,
indie-folk sensation Mountain
Goats, the multi-talented Nellie McKay, road warriors Red Wanting Blue, and
stringband Spirit Family Reunion. Click here to see a list of stations and times where you can listen in your area. If there’s a song you’re hoping to
the playlist by clicking here. And as always, you can preview the show via
the Mountain Stage Song of the Week – This time, it’s Dr Dog, with their psychedelic
jam “Turning the Century.”
Founded by guitarist Toby Leaman and drummer Scott McMicken,
the Philadelphia-based Dr. Dog is part of a long tradition of
D.I.Y. pop oddballs who blend classic rock sounds with lo-fi recording techniques
and an apparent disregard for current trends. Through the years, the band’s
lineup has included more than 20 members and, at one time, included a one-string
guitarist in a skintight skeleton costume and a member whose sole task was to
dance in the crowd dressed in a tuxedo.
The group’s 2002 release, Toothbrush, found its way to Jim James
of My Morning Jacket who asked the group to open for MMJ’s first tour. In 2007,
We All Belong earned the group
opening slots for Wilco and the Raconteurs, and landed them on a number of
late-night television shows. Dr. Dog’s current release it titled Be the Void.
Mountain Goats, live on Mountain Stage
While living in California
and working as a psychiatric nurse, John
Darnielle began recording as the Mountain Goats in 1991. In more
than two decades, the singer/songwriter has released a varied body of work that
has taken him from an intentionally hiss-filled cassette releases to a more polished
album for the 4AD label. The Sunset Tree,
released in 2005, featured covers that were individually hand-painted by
Darnielle, and, in 2011, All Eternals
Deck was recorded in four different studios with four different producers.
His current release - his 16th to date - is titled Transcendental Youth.
Nellie McKay, live on Mountain Stage
Born in London
and raised in bohemian Harlem by her actress mother,
vivacious and multi-talented Nellie McKay quickly set a new
standard for diversity and creativity. Just 27, her resume would be impressive
for someone twice her age.
To date, McKay has done Brecht on Broadway, opened
for Lou Reed at Carnegie Hall, sung Woody Allen movie songs at the Hollywood
Bowl, dueted with Eartha Kitt and Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, and played Hilary
Swank’s sister in the 2007 film “P.S. I Love You.” Her 2004 debut was a two-CD
set on Columbia Records that drew comparisons to Randy Newman, jazz vocalist
Blossom Dearie and Cole Porter. In 2010, she released, Home Sweet Mobile Home, featuring production from her mother Robin
Pappas and creative input from David Byrne.
Red Wanting Blue, live on Mountain Stage
Led by singer-songwriter Scott Terry, Red Wanting Blue is
proudly based in Columbus, Ohio,
but is sometimes referred to as “America’s
With the aid of positive word of mouth and an unwavering
perseverance, Red Wanting Blue has established a devoted following in and
around the Midwest where the band regularly fills clubs reserved for bigger
names. Red Wanting Blue’s latest studio recording From the Vanishing Point has been called the band’s coming-of-age
album and, and is its first to be recorded for a label after several
self-released records. The record debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s
Heatseekers chart, another testament to the band’s loyal and growing fanbase.
Based out of Brooklyn, Spirit Family Reunion plays
music heavily influenced by traditional mountain string band music, with drums,
an occasional accordion and lots of soul. The band has already performed at the
Newport Folk Festival and opened for the late Levon Helm and the Alabama
Shakes. Drawing comparisons to Felice Bros and Old Crow Medicine Show, the band
cut its teeth performing on the street corners, farmer's markets and subway
stations of New York City while its
songwriting was nurtured during the band's year-long residency at the Lovin'
Cup Café. The group’s debut album is titled “No Separation.”
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