Sunday May 10, 2009
Cultural Center Theater, Charleston
Doors 6:30pm Show 7:00pm
Advance Tickets $12.50 At The Door $18.00
800 594 TIXX www.mountainstage.org or Taylor Books/downtown Charleston
Martin Sexton - A native of Syracuse, NY, Sexton relocated to Boston where he began making his mark in the city’s vibrant coffee house and club scene. A self-produced CD landed him a deal with Atlantic Records where he released a pair of critically acclaimed discs, one of which featured bassist Tony Levin and keyboardist David Sancious. Sexton’s songs, which tap the American musical landscape - soul, gospel, R&B and country - inspired a “Billboard Magazine” writer to call Sexton "the finest new male singer/songwriter of recent memory." In 1994, Sexton won the National Academy of Songwriters' Artist of the Year Award. By 1996, he was opening shows for Art Garfunkel, Jackson Browne and John Hiatt. In 2005, he released the Christmas disc “Camp Holiday” while 2007's “Seeds” debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. His current DVD/CD release, “Solo,” is a live collection with 15 of the 17 tracks featuring just Sexton’s voice and guitar. None other than John Mayer described Sexton as "the best live performer I've ever seen."
Ruthie Foster - A dynamic singer and performer, Ruthie Foster has been turning heads since releasing her debut a decade ago. After honing her talents in her native Texas, she left home in the mid ’90s. During that time she toured with the U.S. Navy band Pride, moved to New York and signed a deal with Atlantic Records. After returning to Texas, she began playing venues including the Kerrville Folk Festival and Austin City Limits, and touring North America and Europe. Thanks to her powerhouse voice - which has drawn comparisons to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin - she sold an astounding 1000 CDs in one day at a festival in Canada. Released in 2007, “The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster," was produced by Papa Mali and featured members of Mofro, the Dixie Chicks' band and the Greyhounds. Her latest, “The Truth According to Ruthie Foster,” features cameos from guitar icon Robben Ford, famed Memphis producer/keyboardist Jim Dickinson and the legendary Memphis Horns.
Rocco DeLuca and the Burden - After opening for artists including Taj Mahal, John Mayall and John Lee Hooker, California native Rocco DeLuca was signed to Ironworks, a media group created by actor Kiefer Sutherland and producer Jude Cole. Using the dobro in a variety of haunting musical settings, DeLuca caught the ear of famed Canadian producer Daniel Lanois who produced DeLuca’s sophomore effort “Mercy.” The band has appeared on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and Britain’s “Top of the Pops.” In a review of “Mercy,” “Rolling Stone” noted “the echoes of Neil Young, Robert Plant, Jeff Buckley and Pearl Jam blend into something unique.”
Yarn - Led by Brooklyn singer/guitarist Blake Christiana Yarn’s brand of country has earned them converts from every genre. Along with Andrew Hendryx’s fleet mandolin work, the group has wowed fans and critics alike. The group’s latest, “Empty Pockets,” features guest spots by Edie Brickell, Whiskeytown's Caitlin Cary, Sparrow Quintet fiddler Casey Driessen, and banjo vet Tony Trischka. “Empty Pockets” reached No. 5 on the AMA Chart.
Meaghan Smith - Raised in a musical family in Ontario, Meaghan Smith hoped to parlay her drawing talent into a career in animation. However, after moving to Halifax, she conquered her stage fright and began performing and recording. Influenced by the music of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, her current CD, “The Cricket’s Quartet,” uses a string quartet, an eight-piece horn section, guitars, keys, upright bass, a clarinet, and some flutes to take listeners to a whimsical place “where you can reflect on your past and look forward to your future.” Her songs have been featured on the TV show “One Tree Hill” and Smith is currently touring with K.D. Lang.
This show is scheduled for release by NPR July 10, 2009
For more information contact Adam Harris 304 556 4989