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Radio Preview: Robert Cray, Shemekia Copeland & More

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By Mountain Stage
 · March 21, 2013

Brian Blauser
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.

Brian Blauser
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.   

Brian Blauser
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.

Brian Blauser
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 Rhapsody.”


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