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August 31, 2015

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Todd Snider
The Secret Sisters
Chip Taylor
Sons of Bill
Ethan Johns

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Hour

​Artist

Song

1

Sons of Bill

Big Unknown

 

 

Brand New Paradigm

 

 

Road to Canaan

 

Julie Adams

The Wind Don’t Have to Hurry

 

Chip Taylor

Tryin’ to Let the Angels Know

 

 

Czechoslovakian Heaven

 

 

Big River

 

 

Angel of the Morning

 

Ethan Johns

Among the Sugar Pines

 

 

Low Down Ballad of James Younger

 

 

This Modern London

2

The Secret Sisters

The Pocket Knife

 

 

Iuka

 

 

Bad Habit

 

 

Where have All the Flowers Gone

 

Todd Snider

In Between Jobs

 

 

In the Beginning

 

 

Too Soon to Tell

 

 

Mr. Bojangles

 

Larry Groce & Co.

Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink

Originally broadcast November 21st, 2014

Press Release

Todd Snider - A frequent “Mountain Stage” guest, outspoken, Memphis-based songwriter Todd Snider burst on the scene in 1994. Since then, his songs, filled with harmonies, melodic hooks combine a keen sense of reality with scathing humor. Following a pair of full-on band releases in the late-‘90s, Snider signed to John Prine's Oh Boy label in 2000 and returned to his singer/songwriter roots. After releasing “The Devil You Know” in 2006,Snider contributed to tribute records for Kris Kristofferson, Peter Case and Kinky Friedman. None other than Kristofferson said: “Todd Snider is a true songwriter; with the heart and humor of John Prine, the wild unpredictability of Roger Miller and a fresh original spirit and freedom of imagination that’s absolutely his own.” Of 2008's “Peace Queer,” one writer noted that Snider had “morphed from a wisecracking country-ish journeyman to the sharpest and funniest protest singer working today." The EP spent five weeks at the top of the Americana chart, and “Spin Magazine” dubbed Snider, "One of roots music's slyest, smartest songwriters." Following 2009's “The Excitement Plan” which was produced by Don Was, Snider released the live “The Storyteller.” A recent “Rolling Stone” review called Snider “the funniest folkie since John Prine.” Snider's 12th release, “Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables,” dissects a world in which “begging turns to mugging, where investment turns to ruin, where babies grow into felons, where honesty is blunt trauma.” 

 

Chip Taylor - Said critic Anthony DeCurtis: “If names like Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt mean anything to you, you should make a point of discovering Chip Taylor. Whether you know it or not, he’s earned his way into that exalted company.” Indeed, Taylor has penned some of the rock’s most memorable songs, “Wild Thing” (which Jimi Hendrix called the “new national anthem”) and “Angel of the Morning.” Originally inspired by legendary Wheeling, WV, radio station WWVA, other Taylor classics include one of Janis Joplin’s last hits “Try - Just A Little Bit Harder.” When Chet Atkins heard some of Taylor’s country songs, he quickly started recording them with artists he was producing. Taylor also discovered and co-produced James Taylor and LPs for Neil Diamond. He released six solo albums in the ‘70s and ‘80s, including “Chip Taylor's Last Chance” which “Rolling Stone” named as one of the best country albums of 1973. A renaissance man, Taylor also finished third in Las Vegas’ World Black Jack Championship, was a professional golfer and was one of the foremost thoroughbred horse race handicappers on the east coast. His latest album, “The Little Prayers Trilogy,” is a three-disc collection of new songs that range from demo recordings in his garage studio to fully fleshed out roots rock. Included are two duets with Lucinda Williams that were written out of his experience playing a series of shows in Swedish prisons.In 2015, Taylor will issue a book/CD, “Son Of A Golf Pro,” which combines the story of growing on the golf course with hilarious songs about the sport. The New York Times said it best: “If you only know him as the as the guy who wrote ‘Wild Thing’ and ‘Angel of the Morning” — you don’t know him! Chip Taylor is making some of the most distinctive acoustic music around today.”

 

The Secret Sisters - From Florence, AL, this duo comprised of sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers has caught the ears of tastemakers like Jason Isbell and T Bone Burnett - who produced the sisters’ sophomore release, “Put Your Needle Down.” In between tours with She & Him, Paul Simon and Ray Lamontagne, filming their own PBS special with Elvis Costello and Jakob Dylan, and recording music for the platinum-selling soundtrack to “The Hunger Games,” they bounced back and forth from album writing sessions in Nashville, Seattle, and Los Angeles. “Put Your Needle Down” features an eclectic mix of American music, from country, Americana and blues, to folk, and gospel.

 

Ethan Johns -  The son of legendary producer/engineer Glyn Johns, Ethan Johns has produced and played with a stunning array of artists, from Joe Satriani, Kings of Leon, and John Hiatt to Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Crowded House, Joe Cocker, the Jayhawks and Emmylou Harris. He also produced four releases for longtime friend and collaborator Ryan Adams. For Johns’ second solo release, “The Reckoning,” the two reversed rolls. Johns went to Adams’ studio and laid down the songs solo - and entrusted Adams with finishing the record. 

 

Sons of Bill - As the name implies, the five-piece Sons of Bill is led by the three sons - James, Sam and Abe - of one Bill Wilson, an associate professor of philosophical theology at the University of Virginia - but more importantly the inspiration behind his son’s love of music. With no stereo in the Wilson household, the brothers learned music via hymns, murder ballads, and songs about love, work and death. The band released its debut, “A Far Cry From Freedom,” in 2006 and sold 8,000 copies from the stage. The group burst out of the Charlottesville scene with 2012's “Sirens,” which debuted on the Billboard top 200 and #12 on the Heatseekers chart and led to extensive tours on both sides of the Atlantic. The group’s new release is titled “Love and Logic.”