Bettye Lavette at Mountain Stage - 2003
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Playlist for Week after February 24, 2012

Original Show Date  - June 5, 2011

1Amy LaVereDamn Love Song
Great Divide
Cry My Eyes Out
You Can’t Keep Me
TristenEager For Your Love
New Punching Bag
Wicked Heart
Marti Jones & Don DixonFeels Like 1972
You Remind Me
Trouble Is As Trouble Does
I’m Hanging My Laundry
Bell X1Hey Anna Lena
The Great Defector
4 Minute Mile
Blind Boys Of AlabamaPeople Get Ready
I Know A Place
Jesus Built A Bridge To Heaven
Amazing Grace
Look Where He Brought Me From
Larry Groce & Co.I Saw The Light
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Blind Boys of Alabama - For more than 65 years, the Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing quartet-styled gospel anywhere people would listen - from churches and concert halls to nightclubs and the White House (they have played for the past three presidents). Formed at Alabama's Talladega School for the Blind in the late '30s, the band’s current release, “Take the High Road,” features cameos by the Oak Ridge Boys, Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams, Jr. The group has won 5 Grammys and honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Their version of the Tom Waits song, "Way Down In The Hole," was used as the main title theme for the popular HBO series “The Wire.” The Blind Boys have appeared on “60 Minutes,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O'Brien,” “The Today Show” and “CBS Saturday Morning.”


Bell X1 - Hailing from Ireland, this quintet quickly became the darlings of the Irish music press - and with good reason. The members have been playing together since the early ‘90s and formed in 1999. Made up of the former members of Damien Rice’s band Juniper, Bell X1's third release, “Flock,” debuted at No. 1 on the Irish charts in 2005 and eventually went five-times Platinum and now ranks one of the top-selling Irish releases ever. On the eve of the band’s first US tour, “Vanity Fair” described the group as an “international phenomenon.” The follow-up, “Blue Lights on the Runway,” debuted at No. 1 in Ireland and was eventually certified multi-Platinum. It ended up as the biggest selling independent release of the year. The group’s current CD, “Bloodless Coup,” was released on its own BellyUp Records. Of course, the band takes it’s name from the first plane to break the sound barrier - piloted by none other than WV’s native Chuck Yeager.


Marti Jones & Don Dixon- After more than two decades of performing together, Don Dixon and Marti Jones - the first family of jangle-pop - continue to stake their claim as great songwriters, singers and musicians. In addition to producing bands ranging from R.E.M. and the Smithereens to James McMurtry and Shirley Caesar, Dixon spent a summer opening stadium shows for old friends Hootie & the Blowfish and much of the last two years playing in Mary Chapin Carpenter’s touring band. Marti Jones’s career began with the Ohio-based band Color Me Gone and has continued with a string of solo releases produced by Dixon. She toured with singer/songwriter Amy Rigby in 2005 (as “The Cynical Girls”) and is also an accomplished (and well known) painter. In 2003, Dixon branched out into acting and starred in Todd Graff's 2003 film Camp. His ‘08 release, “The Nu Look,” was named for the longstanding Charleston clothing store on Lee Street. The duo’s latest release is “Lucky Stars: New Lullabies for Old Souls.”


Amy LaVere - Born to musician parents in a small town near the Texas and Louisiana border, Amy LaVere’s family moved 13 times before she finished high school in Detroit. One of her first gigs was playing drums for the punk group Last Minute while in her mid-teens. After a stops in Louisiana and Nashville, LaVere settled in Memphis where she started performing solo. Her 2006 debut was titled “This World Is Not My Home.” In 2008, she released “Anchors & Anvils” which was produced by veteran Memphis musician/producer Jim Dickinson. LaVere also played pioneering rockabilly femme Wanda Jackson (who will make her “Mountain Stage” debut on June 19) in “Walk the Line” and appeared in Craig Brewer's film “Black Snake Moan.“ Her new CD, “Stranger Me,” is rich with the musical textures of woodwinds, strings and a thermin. The disc was produced by Craig Silvey who produced Arcade Fire’s Grammy winning release “The Suburbs.”


Tristen- Nashville based singer and songwriter Tristen Gaspadarek's debut album "Charlatans At the Garden Gate" boasts a broad, jangle-pop sound and rich, vocal hooks. Her song "Baby Drugs," about living with an addict, garnered attention nationwide, leading to a recent appearance on the infulential "Morning Becomes Eclectic" from Santa Monica's KCRW. NPR's Tom Moon noted her ability to "whip things into a giddy, exuberant frenzy. But she's got a pensive side, too." 




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