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.
James McMurtry, live on Mountain Stage
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.”
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."
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
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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