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From 2015: Rhiannon Giddens, The SteelDrivers, Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller, Alice Gerrard and Sam Gleaves on Mountain Stage

Week after April 23, 2021

Rhiannon Giddens
The SteelDrivers
Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller
Alice Gerrard
Sam Gleaves






Sam Gleaves

Ain’t We Brothers



My Singing Bird



My Dixie Darlin’



Just Like Jordan


Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller

John Henry



I Got Lucky with You



Only the Lonely



Sally Anne Johnson


Alice Gerrard

Bear Me Away



Payday at the Mill



Sweet South Anna River



Lonely Night


The Steeldrivers

Long Way Down



Six Feet Away



River Runs Red



Hangin’ Around



Ghosts of Mississippi


Rhiannon Giddens

Don’t Let it Trouble Your Mind






Oh Love is Teasin’



Black is the Color



Lonesome Road/Up Above My Head


Larry Groce & Co.

Wild Hog


Press Release

Rhiannon Giddens - Best known as the powerhouse lead singer of The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens is quickly staking out her territory as a show-stopping solo artist. It was none other than famed producer T Bone Burnett who - after hearing her at the 2013 concert “Another Day, Another Time” which appropriately celebrated the early ‘60s folk revival - asked Giddens if she was ready to make her first solo effort. In Burnett’s words:  “It was clear the first time I heard her at rehearsal that Rhiannon is next in a long line of singers that includes Marian Anderson, Ethel Waters, Rosetta Tharp, Odetta, Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone,” Burnett says. “We need that person in our culture. She is, in fact, that person in our culture.” Her solo debut on the prestigious Nonesuch label is titled “Tomorrow is my Turn.” 


SteelDrivers - This supergroup of seasoned, alt-country Nashville veterans was formed in 2005 by fiddler Tammy Rogers, banjoist Richard Bailey, bassist Mike Fleming, multi-instrumentalist Mike Henderson, and soulful singer - and now-acclaimed contemporary country artist - Chris Stapleton. Blending a love of bluegrass with a fresh, soulful spirit, that original incarnation garnered three Grammy nominations and earned a rabid fan base. Singer/guitarist/songwriter Gary Nichols and mandolinist Brent Truitt filled the gap left when Stapleton and Henderson left the band in 2010 and 2011 respectively. The group’s current release is titled “The Muscle Shoals Recordings.”


Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller - The duo of Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller perform country and old-time music, based around close harmonies and Milnes’ unique finger-picking style of guitar and  old-time fiddling. Milnes grew up steeped in the world of West Virginia old-time music, learning from masters like Melvin Wine and Ernie Carpenter, and his father, Gerry Milnes. He also toured for many years with the Sweetback Sisters. Miller was raised playing and singing Louvin Brothers and Stanley Brothers songs with her parents while they traveled the world as journalists. She is lead singer and fiddler in the Sweetback Sisters. The couple lives in Valley Bend, Randolph County, West Virginia.


Alice Gerrard - Known for her groundbreaking collaboration with Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens during the 1960s and ’70s, Alice Gerrard’s career has spanned a half-century. In addition, she has known, learned from, and performed with many of the old-time and bluegrass greats, and has earned worldwide respect for her own  contributions to the music. As a duo, Gerrard and Dickens produced four classic LPs - all recently reissued on CD by Rounder Records - and influenced scores of young women singers including country stars The Judds. Gerrard’s four solo releases showcase her songwriting, hard-edged vocals and prowess on guitar, banjo, and old-time fiddle. Gerrard has won numerous awards andhonors, including an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) “Distinguished Achievement Award,” a Virginia Arts Commission Award, the North Carolina Folklore Society’s “Tommy Jarrell Award,” and an Indy Award. Her most recent release, “Follow the Music, was nominated for a 2015 Grammy.