Mountain Stage Radio Show
October 4, 2009
WVU Creative Arts Center
Advance Tickets $15.00 Day of show $20.00
Available ONLY CAC Box Office 304 293 SHOW, Mountainlair, TickeTmaster
Regina Spektor - Born and raised in Moscow, Regina Spektor’s family moved to the Bronx when she was nine. She later studied classical piano at SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory where she was introduced to blues and jazz artists, including Billie Holiday. While playing any possible venue - from basements and parties to comedy clubs - Spektor issued her debut, "11:11" in 2001. After the release of "Songs" in 2002 she followed it up with "Soviet Kitsch" which, after being self-released, was re-issued by Sire Records. Tours in the U.S. and U.K. "Begin to Hope," released in 2006, achieved Gold status in the U.S. In 2009 Spektor released "Far," which featured a bevy of star producers, including Jeff Lynne (Tom Petty, ELO, George Harrison), Mike Elizondo (Dr Dre, Eminem) and Garrett "Jackknife" Lee (R.E.M., Weezer).
Yo La Tengo - Formed in 1984, in Hoboken, NJ, by rock critic/singer/songwriter/guitarist Ira Kaplan and his wife, drummer/vocalist Georgia Hubley, Yo La Tengo quickly gained a reputation as a favorite of both critics and discerning music fans. Mixing noise rock with melodic pop, the group drew frequent comparisons to the Velvet Underground and was tapped to portray the band in the 1996 film "I Shot Andy Warhol." In 2005, Matador Records paid homage to the band's 20th year with the career-spanning compilations "Prisoners of Love: A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent Songs: 1985-2003" and "A Smattering of Outtakes and Rarities 1986-2003." Yo La Tengo’s current release is "Popular Songs."
Sonny Landreth - Louisiana guitarist Sonny Landreth has become one of the most respected and in-demand slide players in the business. Landreth has served as a sideman with John Mayall, Kenny Loggins, John Hiatt as well as being the first white musician to join up with the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier. On his solo releases, Landreth has shown that he’s also an expert songwriter, using a blazing technique and a variety of tunings to spice up songs that combine Cajun, swamp-rock and country. None other than Eric Clapton said Landreth is "probably the most underestimated musician on the planet and also probably one of the most advanced." In 2007, Landreth and his band opened Eric Clapton’s second "Crossroads Guitar Festival." The following year, Landreth released "From the Reach," a CD of his collaborations that feature guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Vince Gill, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Dr. John and Jimmy Buffett.
Will Hoge- In 1999, when "All Night Long," a live recording at Nashville’s Exit/In club, sold in excess of 4,000 copies, Will Hoge took his band on the road and ended up attracting the attention of Atlantic Records. Following his departure from the Atlantic roster, Hoge augmented a relentless tour schedule (200-plus shows a year) with a number of independent releases, before signing with Rykodisc. "The Wreckage," Hoge’s current release and second for Ryko, was recorded after he was sidelined for eight months due to a traffic accident. Hoge’s brand of breadbasket American rock, has inspired comparisons to rock icons like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty.
Great Lake Swimmers - Thanks in part to fans including Feist, Robert Plant, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and uber cyclist Lance Armstrong, Toronto’s Great Lake Swimmers are amassing some impressive credentials. The group continues the city’s tradition of beautifully haunting folk-pop, featuring GLS’s singer/songwriter Tony Dekker’s haunting voice over ambient textures and skillful playing. The band’s latest, "Lost Channels," recently topped the chart on CBC Radio 3 (also broadcast in the U.S. on Sirius Satellite Radio), held down the Number One spot on on iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart and Amazon’s MP3 downloads chart.
This show is scheduled for NPR release NOV 6, 2009
For more info, including hi-res photos of each guest, contact Adam Harris 304 556 4989