Rachel Yamagata on Mountain Stage, Dec. 7, 2008
You can hear Rachel Yamagata's Mountain Stage set today at NPR Music. Her latest record, Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart, is a record in two parts - the more reflective Elephants and the harder-hitting Teeth.
The NPR Music set features a performance of "Elephants," that had to be cut from the radio version. The ethereal guitar accompaniment to Rachel's voice and piano is the masterful work of Michael Chaves. "Be, Be your Love" comes from her first full-length record, 2004's "Happenstance." Love the way she makes her voice leap towards the end. No keyboards in that intro to "Sunday Afternoon," either - that is all Chaves.
Poster Row at the 25th Anniversary celebration
Yamagata joined us for Mountain Stage's 25th Anniversary special back in December, 2008 along with Joan Osborne, The Low Anthem, Todd Burge and Johnny Staats & Robert Shafer.
Here's a photo of various posters from throughout the years on display at the Cultural Center. Still to come later this week, we'll meet John Kessler and Deni Bonet, former Mountain Stage band members who've gone on to do other great things across the country.