Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen, live on Mountain Stage in Grand Marais, MN
Mountain Stage returns this week with the second of our two
shows recorded at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota.
Recorded just feet away from Lake Superior, you’ll hear from Chris Hillman
& Herb Pedersen, Jonathan Edwards, Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, Gretchen
Peters, and Chip Taylor featuring Paal Flaata.
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this week’s show via our
Mountain Stage Song of the Week. This time, it’s Hillman & Pedersen
taking on the bluegrass standard “The Old Crossroads.”
As members of the Byrds, the Dillards, the Desert Rose Band,
and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen have
been part of the very fabric of American Music for nearly a half-century. In
the early ‘60s, Chris Hillman switched from mandolin to bass to take a job in
the original Byrds lineup.
Serving time with the Byrds (including the Gram
Parsons’ incarnation) and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Hillman played an
important role in the evolution of folk- and country-rock and, more recently,
the “Americana” movement. In the
early ‘80s, Hillman joined forces with Pedersen who, for decades, was one of
the top session singers and instrumentalists in the Los
Angeles area, and guitar master John Jorgenson in the
successful Desert Rose Band.
By the mid-‘90s, Hillman and Pedersen were
performing as an acoustic duo and recorded several projects together. Their
latest record, “At Edward’s Barn,” continues their long-running love for
country and bluegrass music.
Jonathan Edwards, live on Mountain Stage
Born in Aitkin, MN,
folk and country singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards
may be best known for his Top 5 hit "Sunshine." After growing up in Virginia
and studying art in Ohio, Edwards
and his blues band Sugar Creek moved to Boston
in the late ‘60s.
Opting to try a career as a solo artist, “Sunshine” made its
way onto his solo debut as an afterthought. “Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboy”
followed in 1972 as did singing backup on Emmylou Harris’ 1976 LP “Elite
Hotel.” He recorded his 1976 release “Rockin' Chair, with Harris' Hot Band.
After touring with a national production of the musical “Pump Boys and
Dinettes,” Edwards joined the bluegrass group the Seldom Scene for 1983's “Blue
Ridge.” After moving to Nashville,
his 1989 album “The Natural Thing” spawned his biggest country hit, "We
Need to Be Locked Away." In 2011, Edwards returned with the studio album
“My Love Will Keep.”
Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore, live on Mountain Stage
Comprised of powerhouse singer - and Wheeling,
WV, native - Mollie O’Brien and guitarist Rich Moore, this pair
is no mere “folk duo.” Described as “national musical treasures... and truly
among the best out there keeping American music alive and vital” by renowned
roots rocker Dave Alvin, their repertoire spans the range of American music
from ragtime, jazzy blues, gospel to Dixieland, tango and saloon cabaret.
instrumentation on their debut “Saints and Sinners” includes with tuba,
bouzouki, accordion, fiddle, trumpet, trombone, oboe, and steel guitar. Mollie,
one of acoustic music’s premiere vocalists, started her career in a duo with
her brother Tim O’Brien.
Gretchen Peters, live on Mountain Stage
Respected by songwriters, musicians and critics alike, Gretchen
Peters’ tunes have been covered by a who’s who of country artists
including Trisha Yearwood, Pam Tillis, George Strait, Martina McBride and Patty
Born in Westchester County, NY,
she moved with her mother to Boulder
when she was in her teens. In the late’80s, she relocated to Nashville
to pursue songwriting. In 1995, Peters won a Grammy for “Song of the Year” with
her hit "Independence Day" (recorded by Martina McBride).
Country Music Awards that year, the song won the same award, as well as a CMA
Video of the Year in 1994. She also co-wrote "Rock Steady" with
Canadian pop-rocker Bryan Adams which was covered by Bonnie Raitt. After a
tumultuous year in her personal life, she released “Hello Cruel World” in 2012.
Chip Taylor, live on Mountain Stage
Singer, songwriter, and producer Chip Taylor
has penned some of the most memorable songs in music history including “Wild
Thing” and “Angel of the Morning” and “Try - Just A Little Bit Harder.” When
Chet Atkins heard some of Taylor’s
country songs, he quickly started recording them with artists he was producing.
Taylor is also credited with discovering,
then co-producing both James Taylor and
Neil Diamond. He released six solo albums in the ‘70s and ‘80s, including “Chip
Taylor's Last Chance” which “Rolling Stone” named as one of the best country
albums of 1973. A true renaissance man, Taylor
also finished third in Las Vegas’
World Black Jack Championship, was a professional golfer, and one of the
foremost thoroughbred horse race handicappers on the east coast.
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