The Milk Carton Kids' members make their second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. A fine alternative to the foot-stomping grandeur inherent to so much of folk's recent popular revival, The Milk Carton Kids' music is defined by the understated virtuosity of singer-songwriters and guitarists Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale.
Martin Sexton's rhythmic, fingerstyle guitar playing can make it seem as if he's backed by a full band even when he's playing solo. Sexton first made a name for himself when he left his native Syracuse, N.Y., in order to busk on the streets of Boston. He sold 20,000 albums out of the back of his car, and by 2002 was running his own independent record label.
Sam Amidon makes his first visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live on the grounds of West Virginia's state capitol. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, Amidon made a name for himself in his teens as a fiddler, issuing five albums with a band he called Popcorn Behavior.
Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live at Charleston, W.Va.'s Culture Center Theater. Based in of East Nashville, Tenn., Holcomb writes earnest songs about love, joy, pain and tragedy that continue to find new audiences thanks in part to their placement in TV shows including Nashville, Parenthood and How I Met Your Mother. He and his band have maintained a rigorous touring schedule, crisscrossing the U.S. and U.K.
"Now's the Time." "Yardbird Suite." "Parker's Mood." "Donna Lee." "Ornithology." "Bird Gets the Worm." "Moose the Mooche." "Scrapple from the Apple."
Et cetera! The late bebop saxophonist/composer/bandleader/genius Charlie "Bird" Parker (1920-1955) wrote many tunes that are now regarded as top-notch jazz standards. And if you know modern jazz at all, you surely dig some or all of these very songs.