Rodney Crowell is ready to play.
This week's broadcast of Mountain Stage features iconic country
singer and songwriter Rodney Crowell, along with Americana
star Sara Watkins, bar room rockers Lucero, The Lost Brothers, and Doug
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Stage song of the week: Sara
Watkins original song “You and Me.”
Rodney Crowell has
contributed to some of modern country’s finest moments. After being discovered
(and signed) by Jerry Reed in the mid-‘70s, Crowell went on to play (and write
songs) for Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band. Next, he wrote for and produced (and
married) Rosanne Cash. In 1980, Crowell’s songwriting career took off when he
scored a string of No. 1 hits for bands like the Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle
and Bob Seeger.
Finally, in 1988, Crowell’s own release, “Diamonds and Dirt,”
connected with five consecutive No. 1 singles. The following year, "After
all This Time" won a Grammy for “Best Country Song.” Crowell recently authored his autobiography
titled “Chinaberry Sidewalks,” and issued a long awaited album duets with Emmylou Harris.
Lucero perform live on Mountain Stage
Steadily playing hundreds of dates a year over the past
decade, Memphis alt-country rockers
Lucero have gone from an
earnest indie band to a major label act. Formed by Ben Nichols in the late
'90s, Lucero issued its first CD in 2001. Their 2003 release That Much Further West earned the group
a spot on Rolling Stone's Hot List.
Released in spring of 2005, Nobody's Darlings was produced by
legendary Memphis musician-producer
Jim Dickinson. Meanwhile, that same year, director Aaron Goldman mixed archival
footage with footage shot during the recording of the album, for his
documentary on Lucero titled Dreaming in
In 2009, Nichols released a solo EP The Last Pale Light in the West and Lucero
issued its major label debut, 1372
Overton Park which found the band incorporating more of a Memphis
soul sound. In addition to working with Lucero, Nichols also released a solo
record in early 2009 and co-stars in MTV’s $5
Cover, a series about the Memphis
music scene. The band’s current release, Women
& Work, released on Dave Matthews’ ATO Records, was described
by longtime critic Thom Jurek as “all killer, no filler.”
Sara Watkins performs live on Mountain Stage
After spending nearly two decades as one-third of the Grammy
Award–winning Nickel Creek, singer, songwriter, and fiddler Sara
Watkins often draws comparisons to Alison Krauss - who produced Nickel
Creek’s debut in 2000. Watkins first solo disc, released in 2009, was produced
by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, and featured cameos by Gillian
Welch, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ keyboardist Benmont Tench, Elvis
Costello drummer Pete Thomas; and bluegrassers like Tim O’Brien, Chris
Eldridge, Ronnie McCoury and her Nickel Creek bandmates.
In the past three
years, Watkins has toured the world as guest fiddle player and vocalist with
the Decemberists as well as joining Garrison Keillor on his nationwide Summer
Love performance tours. Watkins and her brother Sean regularly host the Watkins
Family Hour at the L.A. club Largo,
which often includes surprise cameos from friends and colleagues. She is
currently touring with Jackson Browne, supporting her new release Sun Midnight Sun.
The Lost Brothers perform live on Mountain Stage
While Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland are not technically
brothers, as The Lost Brothers, the pair
draws influence from family bands such as The Kinks and The Everly Brothers.
Originally from Ireland
and now based in London, the group
recorded its debut, “Trails of the Lonely,” in Portland,
OR, and has become popular on both sides of
the Atlantic. The band received lavishly praised from
the U.K. press
(NME, and The Irish Times) and has performed in Glastonbury,
Texas, New York,
Paris, and Ireland.
The duo’s second album, “So Long John Fante,” is something of a tribute to
author John Fante’s Depression-era work and was recorded in Nashville.
Dog Paisley performs live on Mountain Stage
Born in Toronto, alt-country
singer-songwriter Doug Paisley’s music is steeped in history. He spent 10 years
paying in a Stanley Brothers tribute band, and released two albums of classic
country covers before stepping out with his own songs to support Bonnie Price
Billy. His latest album, “Constant Companion” received a four star review from
Rolling Stone, and features contributions from Feist and The Band’s Garth
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