August 17, 2015


Puss N Boots (Featuring Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper)
The Duhks
Blake Mills
Jill Barber
Curtis McMurtry






The Duhks

Banjo Roustabout



Beyond the Blue



Black Mountain Lullaby





Jill Barber

Broken for Good



If You’re Going to Break My Heart



Oh My My



The Least that She Deserves


Curtis McMurtry

Sparks in the Wind



Eleanor’s House



She Loves Me More


Blake Mills




Hey Lover



Three Weeks in Havana






Tomorrow Night


Puss N Boots

Leaving London






Down by the River



Don’t Know What it Means





Larry Groce & Co.

Walk Away

Originally broadcast November 7th, 2014


Press Release

Puss n Boots - This NYC-based super trio features acclaimed singers, songwriters and musicians Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Catherine Popper. While “No Fools, No Fun” is the group’s debut, the trio has been playing together since 2008. Puss n Boots has played The Newport Folk Festival, stadiums with the Beastie Boys on the “Get Out The Vote” tour and joined Wilco onstage at Madison Square Garden.


* Norah Jones (vocals, electric guitar, fiddle) - Multiple Grammy-winner Norah Jones burst on the scene with 2002's “Come Away With Me.” Since then she has released four solo albums as well as CDs with her country collective The Little Willies. She has collaborated with Willie Nelson, Outkast, Herbie Hancock, Foo Fighters, and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.


* Sasha Dobson (vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, drums) - Growing up in Santa Cruz, Sasha Dobson began singing jazz professionally at age 16. After moving to Brooklyn, she and Norah Jones became fixtures in clubs around the Lower East Side. Dobson’s most recent album, “Aquarius,” was released in 2013. Recently, she has been opening shows for Willie Nelson. 


* Catherine Popper (vocals, bass, acoustic guitar) - North Carolina native Catherine Popper has performed and recorded with numerous artists including Levon Helm, Michael Stipe, Jack White, Grace Potter, Rhett Miller, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice. She played bass and sang backing vocals for Ryan Adams & the Cardinals from 2004–2006, and shared writing credits on numerous songs. 


Blake Mills - Since his 2010 debut, “Break Mirrors” - which critics hailed as one of the best albums of 2010 - guitarist/songwriter/producer Blake Mills has produced artists ranging from ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Sara Watkins and Conor Oberst to The Alabama Shakes, Sky Ferreira, and Fiona Apple (with whom he toured extensively in 2013 and 2014). As a session player and sideman Mills has worked with Beck, Cass McCombs, Jackson Brown, Lucinda Williams, Moses Sumney, and Neil Diamond. None other than Eric Clapton recently told “Rolling Stone” magazine, "Blake Mills is the last guitarist I heard that I thought was phenomenal." On his new release, “Heigh Ho,” Mills is joined by several of his musical heroes including Jim Keltner, Don Was, Jon Brion, Benmont Tench, Mike Elizondo, and Fiona Apple.


Jill Barber - While Canadian singer/songwriter Jill Barber’s smoky, soulful voice has made her an alt-cabaret favorite on Canada's folk scene, she’s also known for penning songs with timeless hooks and melodies. Often touring with her brother, pop-folkster Matthew Barber, Jill is one of Canada’s best-loved artists. On “Fool's Gold,” her sixth studio album, Barber explores musical styles that range from traditional country and jazz to Motown.


The Duhks -  Since forming in Winnipeg in 2001, The Duhks (pronounced “ducks”) have crafted a dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms. Over the course of four critically-acclaimed albums, the band has earned Juno and Grammy awards and nominations and played a significant role in the neo-folk revival. The group quickly attracted the attention of Bela Fleck and Tim O’Brien, who produced the band’s first and second releases respectively. The Duhks’ 2005 self-titled CD won a Juno Award for “Best Roots & Traditional Album” and, in 2007, the group was again nominated for a Grammy for “Best Country Performance.” In 2007, the band launched “The Duhks Sustainability Project” which included fueling its vehicle with Biodiesel and supporting local organic farmers. Following a two-year hiatus, and energized by the return of vocalist Jessee Havey and the addition of three new members, the band is touring in support of its new release, “Beyond the Blue.” 


Curtis McMurtry - With a debut - “Respectable Enemy” - that’s garnering raves from musicians and critics alike, Curtis McMurtry continues the family tradition of story telling that began with his grandfather, novelist Larry McMurtry, and his father, acclaimed songwriter and guitarist James McMurtry.



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