Since leaving beloved bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, Chris Stapleton has become one of Nashville's most respected and in-demand songwriters. He has written five number one songs for George Strait, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner; and his solo debut, The Traveller, was released to wide acclaim. But for his Mountain Stage performance, Stapleton dips back into his SteelDrivers catalog with the crowd favorite, "Drinkin' Dark Whiskey."
Country hellraiser Eric Church may be famous for crowd pleasing anthems like "Drink in My Hand," but when his visited Mountain Stage in 2008, he proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he has considerable depth as a songwriter.
It's always a special occasion when Ray Wylie Hubbard returns to Mountain Stage.
He grew up in the same Texas town as host Larry Groce, and the two have remained friends for 50 years. Hubbard performed a rare Mountain Stage encore at Larry's request - his signature tune, "Snake Farm."
Levon Helm and The Band perform the definitive cover of Bruce Springsteen's masterpiece "Atlantic City," live on Mountain Stage. Recorded at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, West Virginia, January 23rd, 1994.
The most popular song from the Kentucky Headhunters platinum-selling Pickin' on Nashville album was almost never released:
the band's label thought that the slightly-embellished ode to the owner of a small-town hangout, "Dumas Walker," would be be too regional to catch on with a national audience. But the personal proved universal when fans couldn't get enough of the song, which has remained a staple of the Headhunters' live shows ever since.
Mountain Stage ventures looks back at a classic show from 2008 this week, featuring Swedish indie folk singer and songwriter Jose Gonzalez. He closes his set with a cover of the Massive Attack song "Teardrop," which became the theme to the acclaimed TV show House.
Hitmakers Toad the Wet Sprocket made their first appearance on Mountain Stage near the beginning of their career in 1992. They returned 22 years later to perform some of their most beloved songs, including this favorite, "Walk on the Ocean."
Under the direction of dobro phenom Jerry Douglas, and with country singer-songwriter Shawn Camp on lead vocals, the Earls are an all star group that plumb the depths of the bluegrass masters Flatt & Scruggs. Their performance of "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms" came at the request of host Larry Groce, who asked them to play one more song for the electrified audience.
First Family of the Banjo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn return to Mountain Stage this week, with songs from the first album they've recorded together as a duo. Over a bed of intertwined banjos, Abigail takes the lead on a song Bela wrote, lyrics and all, "What'cha Gonna Do?"
Lead by songwriter and guitarist Taylor Goldsmith, California rock band Dawes make their 4th appearance on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage. Here they perform the song "Things Happen," from their latest album "All Your Favorite Bands," produced by David Rawlings.
Rosanne Cash's song "A Feather's Not a Bird" comes from her latest album, "River and the Thread," which was inspired a recent trip she took through the American deep south. She performs the song live on Mountain Stage, backed by her partner in life and music, guitarist and producer John Leventhal.
Husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope return to this week’s broadcast of Mountain Stage with songs from their latest album, Swimmin’ Time. Here they perform the song “Evil,” which showcases their passionate harmonies and uncharacteristically dark lyrics.
When Bahamas first appeared on Mountain Stage a few years ago, they all but stole the show with their infectious mix of folk-influenced harmonies and indie rock hooks. Since then, they've received much deserved mainstream recognition, thanks in no small part to the song "All the Time in the World," which was heavily featured in a television ad campaign starring James Franco. They perform the song live on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage.
This week's special Thanksgiving weekend broadcast of Mountain Stage features a performance by bluegrass icons the Traveling McCourys, who are joined onstage by acoustic music hero Keller Williams. When playing together, they're known to explore sounds ranging from the traditional to jazz and jamband, along with covers of well-known pop songs. Here they perform Jessie J's hit "Price Tag," recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston.
Darrell Scott visited Mountain Stage this past Sunday, and closed his set with a song by his friend Guy Clark. Here he performs "Deperados Waiting for a Train," accompanied by Bob Thompson on piano, Michael Lipton on slide guitar, and Ron Sowell on harmonica.