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Live Show News: Mike Doughty, Robert Cray, more!

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By Mountain Stage
 · October 10, 2012

Mike Doughty, appearing on Mountain Stage November 11.

We’ve made several exciting additions to our fall and winter schedule that we’d like to pass along.

First, on November 11, we’ll travel once again to Morgantown, where we’ll be joined by Mike Doughty. Formerly the frontman of the jazzy experimental rock band Soul Coughing, singer-songwriter and guitarist Mike Doughty cut his first solo record while that group was still together.

Soul Coughing disbanded in 2000, but Doughty's 2005 album Haughty Melodic spawned his hit "Looking at the World Through the Bottom of a Well." An avid blogger with a wry sense of humor, the title of his new album, Yes And Also Yes was taken from the headline of his profile on an online dating site. We’re not making this up.

Tickets for this show are already on sale, online, by phone (304.293.SHOW) and in person at the CAC Box Office in Morgantown. Four more acts will be added to this show in the very near future. Watch this space for the latest.

Robert Cray, appearing on Mountain Stage December 9

On December 9, we’ll return to our home at the Culture Center Theater here in Charleston, where our guests will be the Robert Cray Band, Shemekia Copeland, and Kelly Hogan.

As one of the foremost names in blues music for decades now, Robert Cray needs no introduction. He’s out on the road with his band again, but this time with a refreshed lineup that includes bassist Richard Cousins, whose original tenure with Cray included his landmark Strong Persuader and Don’t be Afraid of the Dark albums; along with longtime Cray keyboardist Jim Pugh, and drummer Tony Braunagel (who has worked with Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, B.B King and many more).

“Blues is one of the foundations of our music, but it’s not all that we play,” Cray says. “When I first started playing guitar, I wanted to be George Harrison – that is, until I heard Jimi Hendrix. After that, I wanted to be Albert Collins and Buddy Guy and B.B. King. And then there are singers like O.V. Wright and Bobby Blue Bland. It’s all mixed up in there.” Cray’s latest album is This Time.

Shemekia Copeland, appearing on Mountain Stage December 9

Blues singer  Shemekia Copeland  is a force of nature. With a voice like a blast-furnace, her music has the kind of timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency that few can achieve. Born in Harlem, New York, in 1979, Copeland actually came to her singing career slowly. Her father, the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, brought her on stage to sing at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club when she was just eight.

At the time, Shemekia’s embarrassment outweighed her desire to sing. But when she was fifteen and her father’s health began to fail, her outlook changed. At only 19, Shemekia stepped out of her father’s shadow with the Alligator release of 1998 debut recording, Turn the Heat Up! She’s just released her brilliant new album, 33 1/3, which was produced by Oliver Wood for Telarc records.

Kelly Hogan, appearing on Mountain Stage December 9.
Kelly Hogan  will also be there. Many music fans will recognize Hogan as the prominently featured backing vocalist who has shared the stage with Neko Case on hundreds of tour dates, along with Jakob Dylan, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay and Andrew Bird. Her extraordinary new solo album, I Like to Keep Myself in Pain has already wound up on several critics “best of” lists, and features songs written by Vic Chesnutt, The Magnetic Fields, The Mekons’ Jon Langford, John Wesley Harding, Robbie Fulks, Robyn Hitchcock, M. Ward and more.  

 Tickets for this show are available now online, by phone (800.549.TIXX), and in person at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston. 

 We’ll be adding a couple more acts to this show in the future. Check back with us for the latest, right here, on Twitter, and via Facebook.  

 See you at the show. 

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