Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have just released their first album together. Fleck says its main conceit was that "it would just be the two of us all the way" — and not just in the studio, either. They also wanted to tour the project properly, honorably, as a duo. But, as musicians are wont to do, Fleck says, "We really wanted to have different colors."
The Duhks' latest Mountain Stage performance was recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Hailing from Winnipeg, the band has crafted a singular blend of old-time French-Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and rock rhythms. The group has earned Juno and Grammy awards and nominations, and is widely recognized for the important role it's played in the modern folk revival.
On the next edition of All This Jazz -- in the immediate wake of Veterans Day, and as communities around the globe continue to observe the First World War Centenary -- our second-hour theme will be Jazz Standards Dating Back to WWI.
Lots of terrific (and, in fact, timeless) American pop tunes were born during the years of the Great War -- i.e., the summer of 1914 through the fall of 1918 -- such as, to name a few, "Indiana," "Beale Street Blues," "Tiger Rag," and "St. Louis Blues."
Curtis McMurtry makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. McMurtry spent four years writing contemporary chamber music for the banjo at Sarah Lawrence College. He soon felt the pull to sharpen his skills as a singer-songwriter, though, and moved to Nashville, where he studied alongside some of his heroes, including Guy Clark.
Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 10:35 am
Henry Threadgill's music has always pushed boundaries. Two tubas with two guitars, a "sextett" with seven members, a free-improvising trio with an instrument made of hubcaps, a dance orchestra: Nothing is off the table.
Jill Barber makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Barber is blessed with a smoky and soulful voice that has made her an alt-cabaret favorite on Canada's rich folk scene. But her songwriting has also earned her a reputation with jazz audiences worldwide.
The folk-rock supergroup Puss N Boots appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. The trio — Catherine Popper, Sasha Dobson and Norah Jones — has been playing together since 2008, but only recently put out its first album, No Fools No Fun.