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Playlist for Week after May 9, 2014

Original Show Date  - March 9, 2014

1Logan BrillScars
The Bees
Month of Bad Habits
Sean KeaneHome Away From Home
If I Needed You
Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears
Like I Used to Do
Mark MulcahyShe Makes The World Turn Backwards
Don't Talk Crazy
We're Not in Charleston Anymore
2Michael Martin Murphey Carolina in the Pines
West Texas Highway
Shake it Off
SolasTell God and the Devil
Far Americay
Hugo's Big Reel
Am I Born to Die?
No Forgotten Man
Larry Groce & Co.Dirty Old Town
Press Release

 Solas - When this Irish folk supergroup burst on the scene in 1996, it was called ““the first truly great Irish band to arise from America” and invigorated the traditional music scene by incorporating non-traditional instruments and adding a modern flavor to Irish reels, jigs and traditional melodies. Leader Seamus Egan was a teen prodigy who recorded his first album at age 16 and toured with Ralph Stanley and Peter, Paul and Mary. He formed Solas with fiddler Winifred Horan, John Williams, John Doyle and vocalist Karan Casey (who left in 1999 to pursue a solo career). The band’‘s current lineup includes co-founder Horan, a native New Yorker who has toured and recorded with Cherish the Ladies and The Sharon Shannon Band. Horan is a nine-time Irish stepdancing titlist and an All-Ireland fiddle champion. Guitarist Eamon McElholm was awarded the Performing Rights Society “John Lennon Songwriters Award” when he was a student in Manchester, England, while accordionist Mick McAuley doubles on whistles. The group’s newest member is lead singer Norianna Kennedy. Solas fans include Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harris and rap producer Timbaland who sampled a Solas track on his radio hit “All Yall.” Solas is often drawn to musical social commentary - "Pastures of Plenty" and "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" are core to their repertoire, and they've covered political songs by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Josh Ritter. The band latest project is a CD/DVD project titled “Shamrock City,” inspired by the life and death of Irish immigrant Michael Conway, a great uncle of Egan’s father. 


Michael Martin Murphey - Known for his “Cosmic Cowboy” persona of the ‘70s, Michael Martin Murphey is a multiple Grammy nominee with five million-selling songs and six gold albums. Born in Dallas, Murphey’s songs were recorded early on by Flatt and Scruggs, the Monkees and Bobbie Gentry, while Kenny Rogers’s double-LP “The Ballad of Calico” was comprised entirely of songs Murphey had written about a Mohave Desert ghost town. After scoring a No. 1 hit with “Wildfire” in 1975, Murphey returned to Texas and resumed writing with fellow songwriters Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson and B.W. Stevenson. In 1983, thanks to his LP “The Heart Never Lies,” Murphey was voted “Best New Male Vocalist of the year” by the Country Music Association. He also scored a No. 1 hit with “A Long Line of Love.” In 1990, the success of “Cowboy Songs” - the first album of cowboy music to achieve gold status since Marty Robbins’ “Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs” in 1959 - convinced Warner Bros. to let Murphey head up its new Warner Western label. Murphey has since recorded two more albums of western songs and organizes “West Fest,” an annual celebration of the American west which is staged in various western states. In 2010, he released “Lone Cowboy,” a solo live set recorded at the Western Jubilee Warehouse in Colorado Springs. His current release, “Red River Drifter,” is a collection that draws from influences ranging from classical to country, blues to bluegrass, pop to western.  


 Mark Mulcahy - Following the demise of his group Miracle Legion, singer/songwriter Mark Mulcahy embarked on a solo career that began with the 1997 CD “Fathering.” The disc included the song “Hey Self Defeater” which was featured in Nick Hornby's “31 Songs.” Meanwhile, teaming up with some of his Miracle Legion bandmates, his group Polaris created the music for the TV show “The Adventures of Pete & Pete.” Mulcahy has also written several “tragic comic operas” with cartoonist Ben Katchor that feature music played in front of projected cartoons. His current release, “Dear Mark J Mulcahy I Love You,” received four stars in Mojo, which noted that "Mulcahy's been busy reinventing himself as a Lou Reedesque street poet. 


Sean Keane - Born into the famous musical Keane family of Caherlistrane in the north of County Galway, Sean Keane has been described by “The London Independent” as the “greatest musical find” of the 90's.” He began singing with the Keane Family Ceilidh Band when he was a toddler, where he learned the traditional sean-nós style of singing from his mother and his aunts. Today, he remains one of the few Irish singers to incorporate the style - which is the precursor to unaccompanied Appalachian Ballad singing. By the time he was in his teens, Keane had collected 13 All-Ireland medals in Fleadh Ceoil competitions. In 1993, after a short run in a production of the “Midnight Court” and “Sheep`s Milk on the Boil,” he released his solo debut, “All Heart, No Roses.” The album was named Q Magazine’s “Debut Folk Album of the Year.” He went on to be a three-time winner of Irish Music Magazine’s “Best Male Folk Performer” award. All of his solo albums are platinum sellers in Ireland. In addition to his unmistakable voice, Keane is a multi-instrumentalist who plays flute, whistles and pipes. His longtime band features Pat Coyne (guitar, vocals) and Fergus Feely (mandocello, vocals). Keane’s latest release is titled “Never Alone.” 


Logan Brill - From Nashville - by way of Knoxville - this 22-year old singer/songwriter is generating a serious buzz in music circles. Having more in common with Lucinda Williams than commercial country, she has played with a wide range of artists that includes Josh Turner, Sara Evans, Jerry Douglas, Pam Tillis, The Hackensaw Boys, and Carbon Leaf. Her debut, “Walking Wires,” features gritty, emotional narratives, and was listed as one of the “Top 10 Country Albums of 2013” by That Nashville Sound.





  This episode of Mountain Stage is scheduled for broadcast in spring 2014. For more information, including hi-res photos and interview requests, please contact Adam Harris, 304.556.4900.  


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