Robert Cray, live on Mountain Stage
Mountain Stage returns to your radio this weekend with yet
another premiere broadcast. Recorded live at the Culture
Center theater in late 2012, you’ll
hear from the Robert Cray Band, along with Shemekia Copeland, Kelly Hogan, and
Caravan of Thieves.
Click here to see a
list of stations and times where you can tune in. And if there’s another
song you’re hoping to hear, you can take a look at
the show’s playlist.
Robert Cray first cut his teeth as a
member of Albert Collins’ backing band, and it wasn’t long after that that Cray’s
own recordings were helping to fuel the ‘80s blues revival. With blues as a
foundation, he has since explored R&B, soul, jazz and gospel; winning five
Grammy Awards. 2009's “This Time” reunited him with longtime friends and
bandmates Richard Cousins and Jim Pugh. His current release with his band is
titled “Nothin But Love.” Preview a song from The Robert Cray Band’s
performance here, via
our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.
Shemekia Copleland, live on Mountain Stage
Shemekia Copeland opens the
second hour of the broadcast. Often billed as the new queen of the blues, Copeland
has been performing since she was eight - when she appeared onstage with her
father at Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club. Years later,
she served as the opening act for her father’s band, eventually inking a deal
with Alligator Records. “Never Going Back,” issued in 2009, featured members of
the Derek Trucks band and eclectic guitarist Marc Ribot Her current release,
“33 1/3” - her age at the time the disc was released - was produced by The Wood
Brothers’ Oliver Wood.
Kelly Hogan, live on Mountain Stage
You’ll also hear from Kelly Hogan. With a resume that includes
fronting bands The Jody Grind and Rock*A*Teens, as well as singing alongside
artists including Neko Case, Mavis Staples, Jakob Dylan, Andrew Bird and the
Drive-By Truckers, the Chicago-based Georgia native has become one of the most
in-demand singers in roots music.
Her current solo release, “I Like to Keep
Myself in Pain,” features Hogan interpreting tunes written for her by M. Ward,
Vic Chesnutt, Andrew Bird and more, under the direction of Booker T. Jones.
Caravan of Thieves, live on Mountain Stage
Caravan of Thieves open the show. Based
around the husband-wife team of Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, Caravan of Thieves
began as “a romantic, bohemian vision of a couple making music on the road and
avoiding responsibility as much as possible.”
Expanding the group to include
violinist Ben Dean and double bassist Brian Anderson, the band quickly won
praise for its unique blend of gypsy swing and popular music. Naturally, their
Mountain Stage set includes a note-for-note cover of Queen’s “Bohemian
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