I have enjoyed the Mountain Stage radio show for a long time, but it’s not broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio. The Mountain Stage Podcast has come to the rescue, featuring an expanded version (sometimes close to 3 hours a week) of the radio show delivered direct to iTunes. The artists vary a bit—recent artists have included Calexico, Jesse Winchester, Carlene Carter and the Del McCoury Band—but this next week’s show looks like a guaranteed Americana music showcase.
The folks at West Virginia Public Radio host the show and provide some details on the weekly offering:
This week’s Radio Broadcast is a who’s who of the Americana scene, with four of its finest singer/songwriters and a hot new group, recorded live. Find a radio station in your area to find out when to tune in.
Long-heralded songwriter Robert Earl Keen performs songs from his latest CD “Rose Hotel” in his 9th appearance on the show since 1989. Keen pays tribute to one of Texas’ all-time greats, Townes Van Zandt, in our Song of the Week, Van Zandt’s “Flyin’ Shoes.” …
Always entertaining is Texas outlaw performer, and former classmate of Larry Groce, Ray Wylie Hubbard, who does songs from his highly acclaimed CD “A) Enlightenment B) Endarkenment Hint: There is no C” as well as the crowd favorite, “Snake Farm,” joined by his son Lucas Hubbard on guitar.
In his fourth appearance on Mountain Stage, Darrell Scott and the Mountain Stage Band perform songs from his latest, “A Crooked Road,” plus Paul Simon’s “American Tune” from a covers release, “Modern Hymns.” Since this appearance on Mountain Stage, Scott has been touring as a member of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy….
The show kicks off with a banjo and beats combo by folk-tronics mastermind Danny Barnes, whose latest “Pizza Box” is out now. An innovator for sure, Barnes has plenty of folks to sing his praises, so you don’t have to take our word for it.
The Sweetback Sisters, also on this week’s show, have recently signed to Signature Sounds and have released a new single, “Be Back Home,” on vinyl and digital. Their full-length “Chicken Ain’t Chicken,” is highly recommended for classic country and swing enthusiasts. The group’s fiddler, Jesse Milnes, hails from right here in West Virginia.
Find a Radio Station in your area to find out when you can tune in, and be sure to check out our Song of the Week, watch our interviews Backstage at Mountain Stage, and check out ourARCHIVES section to subscribe to the free podcast. We’re 8,000 strong on Facebook as well.
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