January 25, 2016


Dale Watson
Ray Wylie Hubbard
The Mastersons
Larkin Poe
Malcolm Holcombe






Larkin Poe

Wade in the Water



Stubborn Love





Julie Adams

All Roads to the River


The Mastersons

If I Wanted To



Cautionary Tale



Closer to You



Good Luck Charm


Malcolm Holcombe

Words of December






Louisville Slugger



Pitiful Blues


Dale Watson

My Baby Makes Me Gravy



Mamas Don’t Let Your Cowboys Grow Up to be Babies



I Lie When I Drink



Call Me Insane



Jonesin’ for Jones


Bob Thompson

Cryin’ Time


Ray Wylie Hubbard




Mother Blues



Count My Blessings



Stone Blind Horses



Snake Farm


Larry Groce & Co.

Mama Tried

Originally broadcast  April 3rd, 2015

Press Release

Ray Wylie Hubbard - Perhaps best known for his ‘70s barroom anthem  “Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mothers,” Ray Wylie Hubbard‘s music embodies the essence of American music. A high school buddy of “Mountain Stage” host Larry Groce, Hubbard’s first band included Michael Martin Murphy. With band names like the Cowboy Twinkies (whose sets included songs by Merle Haggard and Les Zeppelin), twisted humor has long been Hubbard’s trademark. More recently, he wrote a screenplay - an “outlaw western set in 1912” with a cast that includes Dwight Yoakum and Kris Kristofferson - which has been filmed. He has also become an icon - and an in-demand producer - for the new folk and Americana movements, and programs his own Grit 'N' Groove Festival. A review of 2011's “A. Enlightenment, B. Endarkment (Hint: There is no C),” noted “Enlightenment is an entire back-to-basics movement rolled into 12 tracks that uncoil like a rattlesnake disturbed in its sleep.” His current release is “The Grifter’s Hymnal.” Hubbard will be recording a duet (or two) with “Mountain Stage” host Larry Groce for Groce’s upcoming release.

Dale Watson - A staunch adherent to old-style honky-tonk and Bakersfield country, Dale Watson has garnered an international following, been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and remains an outspoken critic of Nasvhille-styled commercial country music (check out his 1995 song “Nasvhille Rash”). Watson was born and raised in Alabama but spent his teens near Houston. After high school he cut his teeth in local clubs and honky-tonks before relocating to Los Angeles and joining the house band at North Hollywood’s famed Palomino Club. After a songwriting stint in Nashville, he moved to Austin where his music was received much more favorably. In 2004, still grieving from the death of his fiancé in 2000, Watson released “Dreamland” and played the lead role in Zalman King's cowboy drama, “Austin Angel.” In 2006, King premiered a documentary on Watson at SXSW titled “Crazy Again.” In 2012, Watson released “El Rancho Azul” with his road band the Lonestars.

The Mastersons - This Texas-based alt-country band is based around the husband-and-wife team of Chris Masterson (guitar/vocals) and Eleanor Whitmore (violin/vocals). Both Masterson and Whitmore were seasoned touring and recording musicians (Whitmore with Regina Spektor, Bruce Robison, and Kelly Willis and Masterson with Son Volt and Jack Ingram) when they met at a festival in Colorado. A personal and musical bond grew out of that meeting, and they soon found themselves working together in Steve Earle's band, the Dukes. Earle regularly featured the pair in his shows on tour, and the critical and audience reaction they received led to a record deal with New West Records. In 2014, the Mastersons followed up their 2012 debut with “Good Luck Charm.”

Larkin Poe - Atlanta-based sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell formed Larkin Poe after The Lovell Sisters (which included third sibling Jessica) called it quits in 2009. Great singers and players, Larkin Poe's electric and slide guitar lines earned them the title of "little sisters of the Allman Brothers.” The sisters have also caught the ears of both Elvis Costello and Kristian Bush (Sugarland) who both took them on the road to serve as openers and a backing group. The group’s new release, “Kin,” is its first full-lengther and captures an admittedly edgier side of the band. “We Can rock out on guitars like boys... so why not?” said Megan. The group’s name is taken from the sisters’ great-great-great-grandfather, who was a distant cousin of writer Edgar.

Malcolm Holcombe - Born and raised in Western North Carolina, Malcolm Holcombe is a enigmatic singer/songwriter whose work has been celebrated by the likes of Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle. Holcombe signed briefly to Geffen Records in the mid-‘90s but, after he completed his major label debut, “A Hundred Lies,” it was shelved. Working as a duo with Durham, NC, native Valorie Miller, the two have toured nationally with Shelby Lynne and opened for artists such as Merle Haggard and Wilco. Holcomb’s new release is titled “Pitiful Blues” and was made using the demo recordings he made in his backyard studio. His voice has been described as alternately, growling like a cement truck in low gear or mellowing into a heart-tugging croon.