- After traveling the world, from Tibet to the Darien Rain Forest, Ben
Taylor initially aspired to become a gardener. However, In the end,
music won out. After all, as the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon,
Taylor’s life has been steeped in music. On “Listening,” the follow-up
to 2008's “The Legend of Kung Folk Part 1," his wit and skill as a
singer-songwriter are evident in songs he calls “organically
handcrafted.” Taylor seamlessly melds a melange of styles - folk, pop,
soul, urban, reggae and country/western - with melodies that the BBC
called “heart-melting.” Taylor has been featured in “People Magazine,”
“Vogue” and appeared on the cover of “Rolling Stone.” He has toured with
Sheryl Crow, Blues Traveler and Ziggy Marley.
The Trishas - The buzz surrounding The Trishas is reserved for groups that bring a special chemistry to the stage, which was obvious the first time Jamie Wilson, Liz Foster, Kelley Mickwee and Savannah Welch shared a stage together. Just three years later, the three have toured with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Todd Snider, Raul Malo and Ray Wylie Hubbard, co-wrote songs with Bruce Robison, Kevin Welch (Savannah’s father), Jason Eady and Jim Lauderdale, and found time to release their full-length debut, “High, Wide & Handsome.” Guests on the CD include Kenny Vaughan, Harry Stinson, Viktor Krauss and Tammy Rogers.
Logan Venderlic - Hailing from St. Marys, Pleasants County, Logan Venderlic issued a pleasantly quirky set of indie pop songs that led Yahoo Music to name him one of the top artists for the first half of 2012. His CD alternates between love songs for the troubled and folk-punk that recalls The Clash. His paean to his hometown, “Jerkwater Town,” offers up the mixed emotions that many young West Virginians have about their home state, although he comes to the conclusion: “I could never stay away for too long - the mountains are calling me back.”
Kat Edmonson - After quickly becoming one of the most talked about singers on the crowded Austin music scene, classic jazz singer/songwriter Kat Edmonson is making her mark nationally. Thanks to her acclaimed 2009 debut, “Take to the Sky,” she landed gigs singing with Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. After recording a version of the classic Christmas duet “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Lovett, the two performed it on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Her sophomore release “Way Down Low” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and a Boston Globe reviewer called it “one of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard.”
Bob Shank - Renowned banjo and dulcimer player Bob Shank from Bruceton Mills, WV performs songs from his newest release "Don't Worry About the Moon." The work features new and original compositions recorded in his home studio.
This episode is scheduled for NPR distribution on Friday November, 16th 2012. A complete list of stations that carry Mountain Stage can be found at mountainstage.org .