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Radio Preview: Dawes, McMurtry, Isbell & More

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By Mountain Stage
 · December 8, 2011

Brian Blauser
Dawes, live on Mountain Stage
This week, Mountain Stage is airing the premier broadcast of one of our most exciting shows of 2011. We were thrilled to be joined once again by acclaimed California rock band Dawes, along with roots rockers Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, James McMurtry, Blitzen Trapper, and Matthew Sweet.
Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, backstage at Mountain Stage

Lead by brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith, Dawes returns to Mountain Stage with songs from their new release Nothing Is Wrong. You can here a live performance of the album’s most talked about track “A Little Bit of Everything” via our Song of the Week. You can also watch host Larry Groce discuss the band’s music with frontman Taylor Goldsmith in our latest Backstage at Mountain Stage video.

Brian Blauser
James McMurtry, live on Mountain Stage

Texas singer-songwriter and icon of Americana music JamesMcMurtry also appears. No stranger to Mountain Stage audiences, McMurtry made his first appearance on the show in 1989. Host Larry Groce rightfully calls McMurtry “One of America’s greatest songwriters,” and influential blogger Bob Lefsetz called McMurtry’s tune “We Can’t Make it Here” “The best protest song of the twenty first century.”

Brian Blauser
Jason Isbell, live on Mountain Stage

You’ll also hear a set from Jason Isbell and his band The 400 Unit. As former member of Drive-By Truckers, Isbell was responsible for some of the band’s most memorable songs (like “Outfit”). Out on his own since 2007, Isbell has released 3 acclaimed studio albums, the most recent being Here We Rest. At one point in their set, Jason and his band break out an accordion and upright bass for what they called a “Genericana” tune (“…just like the regular, but cheaper!”). They close their set with a blistering cover of Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane."

Brian Blauser
Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper, live on Mountain Stage

Portland Oregon-based folk rock band Blitzen Trapper make their first Mountain Stage appearance. Their 2007 album Wild Mountain Nation was met with great enthusiasm by critics, and their 2008 follow-up Furr was named the 13th best album of the year by Rolling Stone. Their latest, American Goldwing has been met with much of the same enthusiasm.

Brian Blauser
Matthew Sweet, live on Mountain Stage

Finally, you’ll hear some tunes from power pop master Matthew Sweet. Sweet is celebrating the 20th (!) anniversary of his landmark album Girlfriend, so his set naturally touches on a few of the deeper cuts from that record. His brand new album is called Modern Art.

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