Lucinda Williams –The Daughter of award-winning poet Michael
Williams, who invested her with a “Culturally rich, economically poor”
upbringing, singer/songwriter Williams first garnered national recognition when
Mary Chapin Carpenter’s version of her song “Passionate Kisses” won a Grammy.
Her seminal roots-country record “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” has influenced a generation of
songwriters. Williams’ 2008 release “Little Honey” was nominated for the new “Best
Americana Album” Grammy. This special acoustic appearance, her fifth on
Mountain Stage, is in advance of her tenth album “Blessed,” due in March 2011.
Horse - A “folk
supergroup” comprised of acclaimed singer/songwriters Eliza Gilkyson, John
Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky, Red Horse is the culmination of years of friendship
and admiration. These three veteran songwriters, all armed with resumes that
have touched every aspect of folk, have teamed up to cover each other’s songs and
breathe new life into old favorites. The project was inspired by collaborative
shows that celebrated the 25th anniversary of Red House Records, they decided
to make it official with a recording.
Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion - The youngest daughter of Arlo Guthrie and the granddaughter of
Woody Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie was surrounded by singer/songwriters like Pete
Seeger, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Hoyt Axton throughout her childhood. Blending
alternative folk and country with a hint of rock and soul, Sarah Lee made her
singing debut in 1991 on the Grammy nominated recording “Woody's 20 Grow Big
Songs.” In 1999, Sarah Lee teamed up with South Carolinian indie rocker - and
future husband - Johnny Irion. Since the couple’s debut in 2005, they’ve toured
extensively both as a duo and as part of the “Guthrie Family Rides Again” tour (with
Arlo Guthrie), released the children’s album “Go Waggaloo,” a live DVD “Folk Song,” Irion’s solo release “Ex
Tempore,” and parented two young daughters. Their current release, “Bright
Examples,” produced by Vetiver’s Andy Cabic, moves takes their country-rock
sound in a dreamy and psychedelic direction.
The Low Anthem - Based in Providence, RI, The Low Anthem
was founded in 2006 by poet/folkie Ben Know Miller and New Jersey jazz bassist
(and baseball fanatic) Jeff Prystowsky. The two originally met at a summer
baseball league in Connecticut. The group - described as “Folk
Americana” - added classically trained composer and clarinetist Jocie Adams in
2007. On “Oh My God, Charlie Darwin,” the band’s third release, the trio played
a total of 27 instruments ranging from zither, trumpet, pump organ and Tibetan
Singing Bowl. For its new release on Nonesuch Records, the group added fourth
member Mat Davidson.
Ivan & Alyosha- Seattle based duo Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary
took the name for their group from the writings of Russian novelist/essayist
Fyodor Dostoyevesky. They released an EP, “The Verse, The Chorus,”in April
2010, described by NPR as “Utterly charming.” Another EP, “Fathers Be Kind”
followed, filled with ethereal harmony and guitar hooks abound.
This show is scheduled for distribution by
NPR on April 15, 2011
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