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Concerts News from WGBH, Boston

Published: Sun, 02 Dec 2012 12:14:00 EST


The Ryan Montbleau Band On Mountain Stage

Tue, 15 May 2012 15:46:00 EST

The Boston group mixes a jam-band sound and soulful songwriting, recorded live in West Virginia.

The Ryan Montbleau Band makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. Based in Boston, the group spends much of its time on the road, playing hundreds of dates every year.

Montbleau began as a solo artist, opening shows at the House of Blues where he worked. He slowly began to gather a band, which now includes five members, including two percussionists, guitars, piano and Hammond organ. Building a fan base through word of mouth and repeat visits, The Ryan Montbleau Band evokes the feel of '90s jam-rock icons like Dave Matthews, while maintaining a connection to the eloquent, soulful songwriting of artists like Bill Withers and James Taylor. A gifted songwriter, Montbleau was tapped to contribute two tunes to Trombone Shorty's breakout Backatown, as well as another pair for his 2011 follow-up For True. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Dar Williams In Concert

Tue, 15 May 2012 12:45:00 EST

Hear the folksinger perform songs from her new album, In the Time of Gods, live in Delaware. Thematically centered on classical Greek mythology, the album explores accessible narratives based on mythological personalities.

It isn't folksinger Dar Williams' first time performing at one of WXPN's Live Friday concerts - she was on the stage with country star Allison Moorer last year - and it won't be her last. Williams began her foray into folk music while in Boston, making the coffee-shop rounds and recording her own demos. Her style of pop-inspired confessional folk soon caught the eye of Joan Baez, who subsequently recorded some of Williams' songs. Since then, Williams has released 18 highly acclaimed releases. She's shared the stage with the likes of Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, Mary Chapin Carter and Joan Baez, and she's been able to fine-tune her knack for conveying emotion on-stage.

Williams' new album, In the Time of Gods, represents a return to her more traditional folk leanings, with less pop and more sensitivity. Thematically centered on classical Greek mythology, the album explores accessible narratives based on mythological personalities. As always, though, it's all held together by Williams' rousing melodies and insightful lyrics.

Set List

"The Light And The Sea"

"I Am The One Who Will Remember Everything"

"You Will Ride With Me Tonight"


"Are You Out There"

"I Have Been Around The World"

[Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

In Memoriam: Everett Lilly On Mountain Stage

Tue, 15 May 2012 11:12:00 EST

Hear "God's mandolin player" and his family perform in excerpts from his visits to the show.

Everett Lilly's voice was a thing of natural beauty. When he sang, and even when he talked, you heard the sound of those Southern West Virginia mountains he loved. He was a bigger-than-life personality you never forgot, whether you met him on the street or heard him on the stage. Lilly died of complications from an aneurysm on May 8. He was 87.

Lilly and his brother Bea sang songs with roots that seemed to stretch back to The Carter Family and before. They were bluegrass pioneers who championed old-time Appalachian music - or, as he liked to call it, "American Mountain Country Folk Music" - in Boston, where they lived for many years. They also introduced it to Japan, where they were welcomed like music royalty.

As you'll hear in this three-song set, Everett's sense of humor was always at the forefront, and he loved to perform with his family. The first two songs come from a visit to Mountain Stage in 1998, and feature his sons Daniel and Mark Lilly. "The Orange Blossom Special," from an appearance in 1996, ends the set and includes the two boys and brother Bea. Everett never really quit performing. He was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2008, and came back to play in 2011 at the invitation of inductee Connie Smith and her husband Marty Stuart. Stuart has called Everett "God's mandolin player."

During Everett's last visit to Mountain Stage, he and his son Daniel included in their banter a joke that we'll never forget. They asked the audience, "Is anybody here from West Virginia?" and most applauded. Then they asked, "Anybody here from Ohio?" and a few clapped. "There they are, hillbillies - get 'em!" The audience roared with laughter. Where ever he went, Everett Lilly always got 'em. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Martin Sexton On Mountain Stage

Mon, 14 May 2012 10:37:00 EST

Hear the soulful rocker play songs spanning his entire career, including a cover from his new EP.

Martin Sexton makes his fourth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. Playing solo and acoustic, Sexton's rhythmic, fingerstyle guitar playing, matched with his elastic vocals, can make it seem as if he's backed by a full band.

Here, he plays an assortment of songs that span his career, including "For What It's Worth" from his most recent EP. When asked why he went with an EP instead of a full-length album, Sexton said he wanted to make his music available to his fans "for the price of a soy latte."

Sexton first made a name for himself when he moved from his native Syracuse 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. The L.A. Times once wrote of Sexton, "You can call him a soul shouter, a road poet, a folkie or a rocker - and you wouldn't be wrong." [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Randall Bramblett On Mountain Stage

Fri, 11 May 2012 09:03:00 EST

Hear the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and songwriter play songs both old and new.

Randall Bramblett makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. Bramblett does many things well, both in this concert and on his albums.

In the '70s, he was a member of the Allman Brothers Band offshoot Sea Level, alongside keyboard great Chuck Leavell. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, Bramblett plays piano, organ and saxophone over the course of this set, leaving little wonder as to why artists such as Levon Helm, Steve Winwood, Gov't Mule and Widespread Panic have sought out his musicianship.

As a songwriter, Bramblett has seen several of his songs covered by Bonnie Raitt over the years, including "Used to Rule the World" on her new album Slipstream. The same song kicks off Bramblett's set, and was unheard during the radio broadcast. A resident of the Athens area, Bramblett brings along seven of his friends, making for a remarkably full and soulful set. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Caroline Aiken On Mountain Stage

Thu, 10 May 2012 16:44:00 EST

Aiken, a folk-rocker for more than 40 years, plays with the Mountain Stage band for the first time.

Caroline Aiken makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. Born and raised on the Georgia Sea Island of St. Simons, Aiken grew up under the influence of local musicians like the Georgia Sea Island Singers.

In the late 1960s, Aiken relocated to New York, then to California, South America and back to Atlanta, playing music all along the way. It was in Atlanta that she heard a teenage duo singing a CSNY song behind the venue where she was set to perform. Years later, the same duo - The Indigo Girls - invited Aiken to tour with it on several different occasions.

A powerful guitarist in her own right, Aiken is backed by the Mountain Stage band on bass and drums, as well as her some of her friends: Eddie Glicken on percussion, John Pagano and John Keane on guitar and, for her final song, Randall Bramblett on sax. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

'Miles Davis And Gil Evans: Still Ahead' On JazzSet

Thu, 10 May 2012 12:24:00 EST

For arranger Gil Evans' centennial, we present a concert from the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival. Terence Blanchard plays Davis' role with commitment and emotion.

For arranger Gil Evans' centennial, we celebrate a concert from the 2011 Monterey Jazz Festival. Evans was born on May 13, 1912. In three collaborations in the late 1950s, two friends - Evans and Miles Davis - steered their projects into a new era for jazz.

Their first album was Miles Ahead. Named in its honor, this concert is "Still Ahead," with music from the pair's second and third records, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain.

Porgy and Bess, by George and Ira Gershwin, was the first Miles Davis stereo LP, coming out in 1958. A reworked Porgy and Bess was running on Broadway then (as in 2012), and Nina Simone had a hit with "I Loves You, Porgy." In Davis and Evans' hands, French horns and tuba enter the brass; the piano is subtracted from the orchestra. Davis takes the solos - he's Porgy, Bess, Sportin' Life and all. For Evans' riff, as well as Davis' reading, the jazz critic Martin Williams included "Summertime" in the 1973 Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz.

In between Porgy and Spain, Miles Davis made the greatest-selling jazz album of all time, Kind of Blue. Then, released in 1960, Sketches of Spain was even more colorful, beginning with the cover art. Remember the gold sky and red earth, and Davis with his trumpet sketched in a silhouette on the horizon? Classic. Castanets and tambourine, flutes, oboe, bassoon and harp expand the ensemble. Davis is the only soloist, while the music comes from southern Spain. Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez was originally composed for guitar and orchestra, and "Saeta" and "Solea" are flamenco songs, although the sketches are only approximations of flamenco rhythm.

On our JazzSet, Terence Blanchard is the trumpeter, and he plays the role with commitment and emotion. Some in the audience were in tears. Musical director Vince Mendoza conducts the orchestra from Los Angeles, and these studio players nail the challenging scores. The concert producer at Monterey is Festival Productions' Darlene Chan - also a legend - who in 1968 produced her one and only Davis and Evans concert in Berkeley, Calif. And Monterey mastermind Tim Jackson proudly presented this concert, to take place one more time - in Newark, N.J., at the James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival in October 2012.

Our highlights are remixed in Surround Sound by Duke Markos.

Orchestra Members

Wayne Bergeron, Chuck Berghofer, Annie Bosler, Gene Cipriano, Wade Culbreath, Marcia Dickstein, Peter Erskine, Miles Evans, Dan Fornero, Gary Foster, Gary Grant, Larry Hall, Greg Huckins, Alan Kaplan, Charlie Loper, Bob McChesney, Charlie Morillas, Mike O'Donovan, Bill Reichenbach, Bob Sheppard, Rick Todd, Brad Warnaar. [Copyright 2012 WBGO-FM]

Live Thursday: Spiritualized In Concert

Wed, 09 May 2012 15:06:00 EST

Spiritualized, led by Jason Pierce (a.k.a. J. Spaceman), has experienced agony, recovery, redemption and two near-death experiences in its 13 years as a band. Watch it explode into space-rock bliss, recorded live at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C.

Rock 'n' roll is most often the stuff of youth and vitality - of desire, of frustration, of love and lust and other ephemeral concerns. Spiritualized singer Jason Pierce (a.k.a. J. Spaceman) knows his way around music's role in such hedonistic pursuits, but his work also reflects an acute understanding of mortality, loss and the desire to lean on a force greater than oneself.

Pierce has almost died twice in the last seven years, once from double-pneumonia and once from degenerative liver disease which necessitated chemotherapy. He recorded Spiritualized's remarkable new record, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, while recovering from the latter, and its songs don't hesitate to leer into the abyss. Even as they swagger and seethe, they document a frail and flawed man's circuitous journey through self-inflicted agonies and righteous redemption, and back around to agony.

That said, a Spiritualized concert is the stuff of big-hearted, spaced-out, bliss-packed joy and celebration. Sweet Heart Sweet Light overtly pursues salvation through divine intervention - it doesn't take a careful parsing of lyrics to figure that out - so it's appropriate that Spiritualized in concert can convey the spirit of a revival show. Return to this page Thursday at 9 p.m., when the band performs a live show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Jimmy Cliff Live In Concert

Wed, 09 May 2012 12:04:00 EST

Hear the legendary reggae artist play nearly 50 years of hits at this outdoor concert in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

Teitur On Mountain Stage

Wed, 09 May 2012 09:08:00 EST

The Danish singer-songwriter performs a solo set spanning his quirky English-language career.

Singer-songwriter Teitur makes his third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. Hailing from Denmark's remote Faroe Islands, Teitur Lassen's music is intense, reflective and quirky all at once, inviting comparisons to artists as diverse as Ron Sexsmith, Shawn Colvin and Bjork.

Switching back and forth between guitar and piano, Teitur plays alone here, opening this Mountain Stage show in front of a sold-out audience. His set draws from three of his English-language releases: The Singer, All My Mistakes and his new album, Let the Dog Drive Home. His song "Louis, Louis" (not to be confused with the famous tune by The Kingsmen) was written about the great Louis Armstrong, and was not heard in the radio broadcast.

Teitur is followed by the Mountain Stage Band, along with Julie Adams, and their interpretation of the Neil Young anthem "Rockin' in the Free World." [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Van Dyke Parks On Mountain Stage

Tue, 08 May 2012 15:04:00 EST

The legendary arranger, songwriter and musician makes his first appearance on West Virginia's famous stage.

Van Dyke Parks makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. For music fans who pay attention to album credits, Parks' name is something of a legend. As an arranger, songwriter, lyricist and musician, he's contributed to scores of famous works, from The Byrds, Sonny & Cher and Harry Nilsson to Vic Chesnutt, Little Feat and Ry Cooder. Most notable, though, was Parks' collaboration with The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, which resulted in the storied Smile album.

Sitting behind the piano, Parks plays an assortment of baroque Americana from throughout his career, including "Come Along" (a retelling of the story of Br'er Rabbit) and "Orange Crate Art," one of many songs he wrote for Brian Wilson. Parks' first new project in 15 years is a series of seven-inch vinyl singles which feature artwork by Ed Ruscha, Art Spiegelman and West Virginia native Billy Edd Wheeler, among others.

Parks is followed by Mountain Stage Band pianist Bob Thompson, with his unique take on the Whitney Houston classic "Saving All My Love for You." [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Patterson Hood On Mountain Stage

Tue, 08 May 2012 01:28:00 EST

The Drive-By Truckers frontman performs songs from his upcoming album, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance.

Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. Here, Hood plays songs from his 2009 solo album Murdering Oscar, and introduces material from his forthcoming Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance.

More concise and personal than his work with Drive-By Truckers, "Pride of the Yankees" is touching portrait of post-Sept. 11 worry, while "Leaving Time" perfectly chronicles the feelings of a musician who's about leave for the road - or, for that matter, anyone whose job requires them to spend time away from their loved ones. He's backed by a six-piece band that includes three members of the Truckers, as well as Athens, Ga., music luminary David Barbe on bass. Trucker John Neff's masterful pedal-steel playing adds haunting textures to the entire set. Near the end, Mike Mills of R.E.M. makes an unannounced guest appearance to sing backing vocals in "After It's Gone," a tune Hood describes as "a love letter to downtown Athens." [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Amanda Shires On Mountain Stage

Fri, 04 May 2012 14:38:00 EST

The singer, songwriter and fiddler performs songs from her latest album, Carrying Lightning.

Singer, songwriter and fiddler Amanda Shires makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Shires got her start in Texas, where as a teenager she performed with the Texas Playboys, the backing band for the legendary Bob Wills.

Now based in Nashville, Shires has performed and recorded with Todd Snider and Justin Townes Earle, and frequently tours with Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit. Backed by Rod Picott on guitar, Shires is also joined for two songs by the Mountain Stage band, which she renames "The Mystical Moonshiners." Shires' performance draws from her latest album, Carrying Lightning, and includes the song "Shake the Walls," which was not heard as part of the radio broadcast. Shires is followed by Julie Adams' take on the Lucinda Williams classic "Can't Let Go." [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Danielle De Niese In Concert

Thu, 03 May 2012 18:04:00 EST

Watch an intensely physical and deeply felt performance by a soprano who brings operatic elegance and rock glam to music by Handel, Dowland and Monteverdi at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York.

At first blush, you might not think operas and nightclubs would be a natural pairing. But an evening at New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge with Danielle de Niese - the 33-year-old star soprano who calls herself a "diva for the digital age" - proved a blend of uptown music and downtown grit could be just right.

Clad in a complicated teal gown the singer later called "a perfect mix of rock 'n' roll and diva glam," she grooved her way through the show. She's an intensely physical performer. Forget the image of a prim soprano parking and barking - de Niese literally dances on stage. (Who knew that you could totally rock out to Cleopatra's aria "Da Tempeste Il Legno Infranto" from Handel's opera Serse?) The personal charisma and magnetism for which de Niese is famous were on ample display. And it's hard to imagine an artist who has more sheer fun onstage, down to her machine-gun pantomiming in the midst of the Cleopatria aria.

At the same time, de Niese isn't an artist who makes any secret of what hard work singing is. Before a fast run, she stretches out her arms and rubs her hands in anticipation of what's coming next. And on this night, in the surprisingly stuffy air of a mid-January Manhattan night, she frequently brushed her hair away from the back of her neck to cool off. Even during the hushed and beautiful Dowland song "Come Again, Sweet Love Doth Now Invite," de Niese relaxed on a barstool with an almost leonine elegance before stretching out languorously for Monteverdi's "Quel Sguardo Sdegnosetto." Is she a diva for the digital age? Maybe. But what's perhaps more important is the openness of her artistry - she's just as comfortable on a small club stage as she is at the Met. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Moshier-Lebrun Collective Presents 'Touch And Go' On JazzSet

Thu, 03 May 2012 14:13:00 EST

Download a jazz piece inspired by Studs Terkel, the Chicago historian, radio man and jazz fan.This year, Chicago is celebrating the Studs Terkel Centenary - the life and work of the actor, radio host, author, historian and - in the words of the Chicago Historical Society - "ennobler of his fellow man." There will be a re-dedication of the Studs Terkel Bridge, a 100th birthday party at the Newberry Library, a museum exhibit, readings, a film and video festival.Terkel's first book was Giants of Jazz in 1957. He loved the flexibility of the music, the creativity of each player. Musicians were among his heroes. You can listen to excerpts of his interviews with Mahalia Jackson and Marian and Jimmy McPartland on this page, and enjoy his art of conversation. And Terkel always closed those radio programs with a common sense call to action, to move from word to deed: "Take it easy, but take it!"Josh Moshier is a 24-year-old pianist, composer and occasional political activist. Late in the 2008 presidential campaign, riding home to Chicago from Iowa, Moshier picked up a paper and read that Studs Terkel had died. Moshier is too young to remember Terkel's radio shows on Chicago's WFMT between 1952 and 1997, and was not yet familiar with his oral histories such as Working, Hard Times and The Good War. But he decided to learn more about Terkel, and he liked what he read, especially Division Street USA."I think it's because, being in Chicago, [I'm] familiar with a lot of the landmarks and symbolism that he talks about," Moshier said, explaining that Terkel "posits that Division Street Chicago is symbolic of the divisions, socioeconomic and racial divisions, in America. I also read They All Sang, his interviews with musicians and performers. And then I read his two memoirs, Talking to Myself and Touch and Go."Moshier found connections. As Terkel worked with stories, Moshier creates songs with melody as narrative. As Terkel sequenced his stories to create an arc, Moshier balances composition with improvisation, the individual with the group. He began to envision his own Touch and Go music that "touches the ground as in landing and immediately takes off again." Chamber Music America awarded him a composition grant, and the process began.At Sunday rehearsals with the Moshier-Lebrun Collective, Moshier would introduce new music, then listen to the band's response. (Like Terkel, always listening.) Moshier and saxophonist Mike Lebrun had formed the group in 2007 as undergraduates at Northwestern University. When they had time back then, they hung out at Pete Miller's Steakhouse in Evanston for the music. They soaked up pianist Ron Perrillo's harmonic freedom and guitarist Bobby Broom's dynamic group interplay. Moshier laments that those long-running gigs have ended, but he champions those Chicago players and their influence.I asked Moshier how authentic it is for him to create music inspired by Studs Terkel, whom he did not know, and he answered with conviction."I do think that it's terrifying when your music is associated with someone that is so beloved, but I think that as musicians we need those challenges," Moshier said. says "We need our music to be about something. That's not to say that music can't just exist on its own terms. I firmly believe that hearing beautiful music is beautiful. [But] I think that as far as drawing in listeners, it's so important that there's a story. I am super interested in telling great stories and doing that through instrumental music."Our performance comes from Feb. 22, 2011, at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase. It begins with a quiet piano prelude, then the sax begins to speak out. Dialogues develop. Guest John Moulder on guitar makes his[...]

Ben Lee On Mountain Stage

Thu, 03 May 2012 11:22:00 EST

The Australian singer-songwriter performs his dreamily personal acoustic songs on today's show.

Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. Lee first gained America's attention as a teenager in the late '90s, at a time when alternative rock was dominant on radio and television. His personal, mostly acoustic style stood out against the music of its day, and if you happened to see one of his videos on television at the time, chances are you still remember it.

Known for his earnest sense of humor, Lee was prominently featured as a commentator in VH1's inescapable I Love the '90s series of pop-culture retrospectives. For many years now, Lee has made his home in America, where he's found a sizable audience for his music. His latest album, Deeper Into Dream, was recorded in his home studio in Laurel Canyon, Calif., and is widely viewed as his most intimate record yet. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Grace Weber On Mountain Stage

Wed, 02 May 2012 16:18:00 EST

The young singer with a gift for soulful pop performs songs from her debut album, Hope and Heart.

Singer-songwriter Grace Weber makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. Originally from Wauwatosa, Wisc., Weber began honing her soul-inflected pop voice at a young age by singing in local choirs. At 23, the recent NYU graduate has appeared on Harlem's famed Showtime at the Apollo, as well as at the Kennedy Center, at the Ella Awards and on The Today Show. In 2009, Weber was selected from hundreds of thousands of applicants to sing on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Not content to interpret the music of others, Weber co-wrote every song on her debut album, Hope & Heart, alongside pianist and bandmate Julian Pollack. The pair met while studying at NYU, where their dorm rooms shared an adjoining practice room. Along with Pollack, Weber is backed here by Deen Anbar on guitar, Lee Pardini on bass and Adam Jackson on drums and backing vocals. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Marc Broussard On Mountain Stage

Tue, 01 May 2012 16:31:00 EST

Hear the Bayou singer infuse his powerful voice with soul and funk, in concert from West Virginia.

Bayou soul singer Marc Broussard makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Cultural Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. Broussard was raised by a musical family in and around Lafayette, La., and still lives on the street where he grew up. His father, Ted Broussard, has been the guitarist for the Cajun band The Boogie Kings, and still occasionally appears on stage with his son when they play nearby.

Broussard's bayou roots permeate his powerful voice, as does the soul, funk and R&B with which he grew up. Here, he's joined onstage by his own band, which includes Al Gamble on the Hammond organ, Chad Gilmore on drums and Gibb Droll on lead guitar. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Kishi Bashi In Concert

Tue, 01 May 2012 08:03:00 EST

Juggling violin, beatboxing and both English and Japanese vocals, Kishi Bashi is a one-man orchestra who blends a mess of ingredients into a symphony of loop-pedaled wonders. Watch him build his music one melody at a time, live in concert in Washington D.C.

When Kishi Bashi begins to play, you can't help but pay attention. Juggling violin, beatboxing and both English and Japanese vocals, the one-man orchestra blends a mess of ingredients into a symphony of loop-pedaled wonders. Close your eyes, and you might even think you're hearing his music from within a cavern - his infectious, baroque pop has that level of enveloping power.

In this exceptional performance from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club - recorded live on April 3, 2012, the same night he performed as part of the band Of Montreal - Kishi Bashi builds his music from the ground up, one melody at a time, infusing life into the songs from his debut album, 151a.

Set List:

"Atticus, In The Desert"

"Bright Whites"

"I Am The Antichrist To You"

"It All Began With A Burst"



Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Robin Hilton; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Becky Lettenberger, Doriane Raiman; Production Assistants: Mike Katzif, John Rose; Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

Fountains Of Wayne On Mountain Stage

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:17:00 EST

The power-pop group returns to the show to perform favorites and new songs from Sky Full of Holes.

The masterful power-pop band Fountains of Wayne makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. The band's latest album, 2011's Sky Full of Holes, is its first in five years, and features plenty of crunchy, guitar-driven pop.

The band kicks off its performance with the infectious "Someone to Love" - from 2005's Traffic and Weather - and builds the rest of its set around new songs and old favorites, including "Bright Future in Sales" from Welcome Interstate Managers. Anchored by the songwriting duo of Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood, along with Jody Porter and Brian Young, Fountains of Wayne has maintained the same lineup since the release of its first album in 1996. Seven years later, it charted one of the new millennium's most memorable pop hits, earning the band a belated Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]