Shelby Lynne makes her third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center in Morgantown. When Lynne first appeared on Mountain Stage in the summer of 1995, she had already earned a place in mainstream country, even if it was on the outskirts — she'd recorded a hit duet with George Jones and was becoming a fixture of country's growing cable-television presence.
Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 10:06 am
The Baltimore duo Matmos crafts a unique brand of experimental pop music. Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt use abstract instrumentation like elk whistles, balloons and bowls of water to create their rich sound, which makes for a performance unlike any other we've seen on Morning Becomes Eclectic. Matmos recently joined us to perform songs from its latest album, The Marriage of True Minds.
Tuareg bands are natural rockers. These desert nomads have a history of harsh physical challenges, long separations, nostalgia and rebellion — elements that give their music gritty authenticity. There's something about their ambling, tuneful songs that fits perfectly with the bite and snarl of electric guitars.
When Kail Baxley was a kid growing up in Williston, S.C., James Brown used to challenge him to dance-offs. Baxley didn't win so much. He did better as an amateur boxer — his key to getting out of the small town and traveling to Europe and Africa.
Kacey Musgraves is something of an anomaly. A Texas native in her mid-20s, she fits most easily into the contemporary "country" category, but the work she co-writes with a variety of collaborators is really a throwback to an earlier era of singer-songwriters — as much influenced by rock and folk as by country.
The Keaton Henson who appears on the new album Birthdays is an avowed hermit with a profoundly broken heart. He also has one of the most beautiful voices I've heard. The 24 year-old singer from London, who says he rarely leaves his bedroom, bares his wrecked emotional remains in an arresting new video for the song "You."
This week on All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton go on a haphazard musical journey across the globe to share their favorite new discoveries. Manchester's The 1975 start things off with the band's punchy song called "Sex." Then we head to Brooklyn for soul singer Charles Bradley, who keeps things heated with "You Put The Flame On It," a track from his upcoming album Victim Of Love.
Black Prairie makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. An energetic string band of unexpected depth, Black Prairie features three members of The Decemberists.