Mountain Stage Radio Show
Tuesday September 29, 2009
The Clay Center, Charleston
Doors 7:15pm Show: 8:00p.m.
Advance Tickets $15.00 At the Door $20.00
For tickets/details, call: 304/561-3570; or visit www.theclaycenter.org.
Show tickets are also available at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston, WV
Indigo Girls - While it’s been more than two decades since the Indigo Girls burst out of the late-'80s singer/songwriter revival, the duo continues to be a driving force among fans and musicians who consider social, political and environmental issues as important as music. Combining the talents and voices of Emily Saliers and Amy Ray, the pair’s 1989 national debut earned a Grammy for "Best Folk Recording" and eventually achieved platinum sales. Since then, the two have received six Grammy nominations. In addition to her work as part of the Indigos, Amy Ray started Daemon Records, a nonprofit label that nurtures new talent and projects like its benefit compilation for gun control. The Indigo Girls’ current release is a 2-CD package titled "Poseidon And The Bitter Bug" (the second CD features acoustic versions of all the songs). The release reunites the Indigos with veteran producer, arranger and keyboardist Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Los Lobos) and was issued on their own IG Recordings - their first independently released CD in 22 years.
Chris Smither - Inspired by the ‘60s blues revival and influenced by Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt, Chris Smither developed a unique style of fingerpicking that continues to add a distinctive flavor to his songwriting. Smither’s recordings date back to the early ‘70s -- and include 1972's Honeysuckle Dog, a never-released LP that featured friends Bonnie Raitt (who later dubbed Smither "my Eric Clapton") and Dr. John. Raitt has covered a number of Smither’s tunes including "Love Me Like A Man" and "I Feel The Same." Called "an unheralded master of modern acoustic blues," Smithers is, at long last, getting his due. His song "Origin of Species," from the CD "Leave the Lights On," was listed as one of "Rolling Stone" magazine’s Top 100 songs of 2006, and in 2007, he won awards at both the Boston Music Awards ("Outstanding Folk Act") and Folk Alliance ("Song of the Year" and "Contemporary Artist of the Year"). His current release is titled "Time Stands Still."
Alison Brown - A Harvard graduate who left her career as an investment banker to pursue music, Alison Brown came to prominence as a member of Alison Krauss' Union Station band and as Michelle Shocked’s band leader. In 1991, she was named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s "Banjo Player of the Year." In 1995, Brown founded Compass Records with her husband Garry West. The Nashville-based Compass Records Group now boasts a catalog of more than 600 releases and was called "one of the greatest independent labels of the last decade" by Billboard Magazine. Compass Records Group has been the subject of both Harvard Business School and Darden Business School case studies. Brown tours with the Alison Brown Quartet; was requested to play at the 2007 inauguration of Harvard’s first female president, Drew Faust; and was the 2007 recipient of Irish America Magazine’s "Stars of the South Award" for Compass Records’ efforts towards the "cultivation and preservation of Irish music." Her current release is titled "The Company You Keep."
Jill Hennessy - Best-known as an actress for her starring roles in the hit television series "Law & Order" and "Crossing Jordan," Jill Hennessy began her show business career busking in the streets of Toronto, and working with an improv comedy troupe playing local dinner theaters. Then, in 1989, a chance audition led to a series of roles in the Broadway production of "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story." After the musical closed, Hennessy landed a role on 'Law & Order' in 1993. She released her debut CD in 2003, performing songs by Tom Waits and Bob Dylan on the T Bone Burnett-produced "Crossing Jordan" soundtrack album. Her latest release, "Ghost In My Head," features cameos by R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Texas country pedal-steel player/multi-instrumentalist/producer Lloyd Maines, her husband Paolo Mastropietro and their oldest son Marco.
Gary Jules - "Falling Awake," the first song from Gary Jules’ independently released, self-titled album appeared on two separate Billboard "Top 100" charts in January 2007, one week after being heavily featured in an exceptionally popular episode of "Grey’s Anatomy." When Billboard learned the sales were generated solely by iTunes downloads - without the help of commercial airplay, record company, manager or publicist - the magazine featured Jules in a full-page article. But Jules’ success didn’t happen overnight. After years in Los Angeles’s singer/songwriter scene of the mid-90’s, his debut "Greetings from the Side" was released by A&M Records in 1998. Weeks later, A&M’s parent label Polygram was bought by MCA/Universal and "Greetings" was all but forgotten. In 2001, Jules’ released "Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets" which included a cover of Tears For Fears’ "Mad World" recorded with friend/producer Michael Andrews for the film "Donnie Darko." "The Village Voice" called it "the best album to be released this year, anywhere. Period." Jules subsequently landed opening slots for Jack Johnson, Damien Rice, Sheryl Crow, Beck, Mason Jennings, Jewel, Jason Mraz and Liz Phair. In 2003, "Mad World" began receiving major airplay in the UK. "Snakeoil" was released there in early 2004 and went platinum in several different countries in less than eight weeks.Jules also played more than 300 live shows from between 2003 and 2004 in the US, Australia, UK and Europe, including a three-week run with Bob Dylan. Jules released "Bird" in 2008.
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