BCM Presents: Mountain Stage in March
Bristol, TN/VA - Mountain Stage with Larry Groce Executive
Producer Adam Harris will announce the line-up for the travelling radio show's
next Bristol event at a press conference on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at
11:30am at the Birthplace of Country Music/Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
office located at 416 State Street, Suite A, Bristol, TN.
Mountain Stage with
Larry Groce will tape the show live from The Paramount Center for the Arts,
518 State Street, Bristol, TN, on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 7:00pm. Doors will open
The Birthplace of Country
Music has hosted West
Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce radio
show in the region twice annually for nearly a decade. West Virginia
Public Broadcasting is a member station of the Public Broadcasting Service
(PBS) and National Public Radio
Stage with Larry Groce can be heard locally on WETS 89.5 FM and WETS-HD-1
Saturdays 2:00am-4:00am and 8:00pm-10:00pm. Mountain Stage can also be heard on
WETS-HD-2 Sundays 9:00am-10:00am, Mondays 11:00am-noon, and Saturdays 2:00pm-4:00pm.
Asleep at the Wheel - With 42 years, nearly 30 releases and nine Grammys under its belt, Asleep at the Wheel has earned its place as a national institution - and the country’s premier Texas swing and boogie band. Formed - and still led - by Ray Benson in Paw Paw, WV, in 1970, and based in Austin, TX, since 1971, more than 80 members have passed through the band’s ranks. After LPs like “Texas Gold” and “Wheelin’ and Dealin’” made AATW one of the most popular country bands in the ‘70s, Benson & Co. released a pair of tributes to Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys, “A Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys” in 1993 and “Ridin’ With Bob’ in 1999. In 2007, AATW released “Reinventing the Wheel” which featured songs by Mose Allison, Louis Jordan and Guy Clark, and its second Christmas collection, “Santa Loves to Boogie.” Co-written by Benson, the musical, “A Ride With Bob,” debuted in 2005, coinciding with Wills’ 100th birthday. In the play, Benson - as himself - encounters the ghost of Bob Wills on a tour bus. With nearly 100 performances to date, the theme also figures into the band’s live shows. AATW has also adapted its repertoire for pops concerts and has performed with symphonies in Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth and Amarillo symphonies and have drawn record crowds. Benson has also produced projects for Aaron Neville, Willie Nelson and Bruce Hornsby.
Larry Keel & Natural Bridge - Born and raised in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Larry Keel is an award-winning, flatpicking guitarist who has been called “the hottest, most provocative and most entertaining bluegrass artist of this decade." He and his band, Natural Bridge, have long been on the forefront of the progressive bluegrass scene with genre-crossing music that touches on country, jam rock, roots reggae, and Americana. The members of Natural Bridge are mandolinist Mark Schimick, Keel’s longtime friend and fishing buddy Will Lee on banjo, and wife Jenny with on bass. A favorite of bluegrass stalwarts as well as young rockers, jammers and alt country pickers, Keel regularly collaborates with jam band and rockers including Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, Little Feat, Rebirth Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass and Railroad Earth. With 14 releases to his credit, Keel recently launched a series of events and a website called “Fishin and Pickin” which combines the thrill of sports fishing and the energizing intensity of live music.
Lúnasa - Formed in the late ‘90s, and featuring members of the Waterboys, Coolfin and Moving Cloud, this all-star quintet’s 1997 debut was an instant best-seller in Ireland. The band’s stellar musicianship, inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves have effectively steered Irish acoustic music into new territory. Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lunasa quickly became one of Ireland’s most successful musical exports. On its first U.S. tour, the group played a string of sold-out shows and was called “the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet.” In 2010, the band recorded 5 tracks for Natalie Merchant’s Nonesuch release, “Leave Your Sleep." That same year, Lunasa was named “Performers of the Decade” in the LIVIES ([ http://liveireland.com ]liveireland.com) awards and invited to perform at the White House. Last year saw one of Lúnasa’s proudest moments: a sold-out performance at Dublin’s National Concert Hall with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra performing many of Lúnasa’s best-loved tunes. The concert was broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1. The material performed in the show will be released this year.
Kate Campbell - Hailing from the Mississippi Delta, singer/songwriter Kate Campbell’s gift for storytelling has drawn comparisons to Southern writers like Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty, while stylistically she draws on folk, country and R&B. Beginning with the release of her 1995 debut “Songs From The Levee,” Campbell has amassed a body of work that has the beauty and depth of artists like Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams. Ballet Memphis featured songs from six of her CDs as well as a live performance by Campbell and her band at a ballet titled “South Of Everywhere.” For “1000 Pound Machine,” her 13th release, Campbell collaborated with noted guitarist/producer Will Kimbrough. Other guests include the legendary Spooner Oldham, Muscle Shoals’ bassist David Hood, Charleston native John Deaderick and Emmylou Harris.
The Down Hill Strugglers - Formerly known as the Dust Busters, The Down Hill Strugglers is an old time string band based in Brooklyn. The group has released a CD on Smithsonian Folkways Records and are extending the legacy of the New Lost City Ramblers by presenting the authentic sound of old time music to a new generation. The Down Hill Strugglers integrate a wide range of old-time songs, ballads and fiddle tunes into every performance. The members are influenced and inspired by the fusion of Scots-Irish and African music that took place in Appalachia, the Western states and the Deep South from the earliest colonial times through the Second World War.
This episode is scheduled for distribution by NPR Music on Friday, May 03, 2013.