Bob Thompson takes the stage in Bristol.
Wanda Jackson performs live on Mountain Stage
The undisputed queen of rockabilly, Wanda Jackson has
successfully rejuvenated her career numerous times over the years. When she was
15, Jackson won a local talent
contest in Oklahoma City which led
to a regular radio show - and being discovered by country singer Hank Thompson.
After charting a hit with Thompson’s band, she signed to Capitol Records in the
mid-‘50s and stayed with the label for nearly two decades, charting both
country and rockabilly songs. Jackson
returned to the studio in 2010 with Jack White-produced The Party Ain’t Over,”
a nod to her 1958 hit “Let’s Have a Party.” Her latest release, “Unfinished
Business,” is Jackson’s 31st studio
release and marks the producing debut of singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle.
Connie Smith performs live on Mountain Stage
Dolly Parton once said, "There’s really only three
female singers in the world: Streisand, Ronstadt and Connie Smith. The
rest of us are just pretending." In June of 1964, Connie Smith, who was
raised near Hinton, WV,
with 13 siblings, was signed to RCA Records by Chet Atkins.
Her first recording
session yielded the No. 1 hit "Once a Day." The song was the biggest
country record in 1964 and earned Smith the honor of being named Billboard’s
"Most Promising Female Singer of 1964." Over the next decade, Smith
charted 10 Top 5 singles, nine Top 10 entries and 27 other chart hits. Married
to country star Marty Stuart, Smith put her career on hold for several years to
concentrate on raising a family. Her new album, “Long Line of Heartaches,” is
her 53rd release to date, her first since 1996 and only her second since 1978.
JD McPerson, Backstage at Mountain Stage
Coming off a string of sold-out west coast shows and his
national television debut on “Conan,” Oklahoma-based retro-revivalist JD
McPherson is riding a wave that includes a four star review from
Britain’s “Mojo” magazine for his debut, “Signs and Signifiers,” and hitting
No. 1 on the Americana Radio chart.
Hailing from Broken Arrow, OK, the visual
artist dove head-first into old school R&B and self-directed a video of the
single, “North Side Gal,” which has racked up more than 625,000 views.
McPherson has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and KCRW’s
“Today’s Top Tune.”
Larry Cordle, live on mountain Stage
Larry Cordle was born and raised on a small
family farm in eastern Kentucky, not far from his
childhood friend and neighbor, musical prodigy Ricky Skaggs. Upon hearing
Larry’s song, “Highway 40 Blues,” Skaggs promised that he would one day record
it. In the summer of 1983, it was the number one song in the nation, helping to
launch Larry’s songwriting career and skyrocketing Skaggs’ already solid
country music career.
At last count, Cordle’s songs have appeared on projects
that have sold a combined total of more than 55 million records, by artists
such as Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Garth
Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Reba
McEntire, Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins and many others. His latest album is Pud
Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, live on Mountain Stage
From St. Louis, Missouri,
LaFarge & The South City Three's creative mix of early jazz, string
ragtime, country blues and western swing rings true and fine, making them among
the most innovative of all the purists performing American roots music today. A
lot of performers are content to play old material, reworking the tunes to give
them new life or to stamp them with personal style. But this group, led by
guitar-plucking troubadour Pokey LaFarge, achieves timelessness with original
songs while honoring the legendary artists of yesterday through covered tunes.
Accompanied by The South City Three, Pokey uses his booming voice as an
instrument with an incredible range; one moment he shouts a line and the next
he croons above his parlor guitar. In 2009, Pokey began working with The South
City Three, a trio made up of fellow St. Louis
musicians Joey Glynn, Adam Hoskins and Ryan Koenig.
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