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Mountain Stage

with Kathy Mattea
March 24, 2024
WVU Canady Creative Arts Center

Mountain Stage has been the home of live music on public radio for 40 years. Each two-hour episode, produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, hosted by West Virginia native and Grammy Award-winner Kathy Mattea and distributed by NPR Music, can be heard weekly on more than 280 stations across America and around the world. Mountain Stage features performances from seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues and country to indie rock, synth pop, world music, alternative and beyond. Each episode is recorded before a live audience and typically features performances by five artists. “Music and hospitality – that’s what it’s all about,” Mattea told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “And those two things? That’s West Virginia right there.”


Duke Robillard holding his guitar
Duke Robillard has carved out one of blues' most illustrious legacies, while also trodding some lofty related territories as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, bandleader, studio sideman, producer, label operator and educator. His unsurpassed mastery of the guitar style of T-Bone Walker (later crystallized memorably in his 2004 release "Blue Mood") was deservedly heralded, but his breadth was also head-turning–from swing, standards and ballads to rockers, gutbucket Chicago blues and rockabilly.

Cedric Burnside recording in studio. Photo by Abraham Rowe.
Blues guitarist and singer/songwriter Cedric Burnside contains within him the legacy and future of the North Mississippi Hill Country's prescient sound stories. At once African and American and southern and Mississippian, these stories tell about love, hurt, connection and redemption in the South. Burnside’s blues is distinct from its Delta or Texas counterparts in its commitment to polyrhythmic percussion and its refusal of familiar blues chord progressions. Often, and especially in Burnside’s care, it leads with extended riffs that become sentences or pleas or exclamations, rendering the guitar like its West African antecedent, the talking drum.

Sam Weber. Photo by Jacob Boll
Sam Weber's storied exodus from his homeland of Canada to find new footing and opportunity in America resonates like a classic story of pain, loss, and rebirth. That narrative thread is woven throughout his new record, Get Free, offering a warm, intimate, and multidimensional portrait of the 28-year-old singer-songwriter. With this new collection of material, Weber reaches fresh emotional depths, commanding more expressive personal moments than ever before — at times within the margins of a single verse.

The six members of Las Cafeteras band
Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances and have crossed many genres and borders along the way. Born and raised East of the Los Angeles River, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music as modern day troubadours.  They are a sonic explosion of Afro-Mexican rhythms, electronic beats and powerful rhymes that document stories of a community seeking to ‘build a world where many world fit.’ From Afro-Mexican to Americana, from Soul to Son Jarocho, from Roots to Rock and Hip Hop, Las Cafeteras take folk music to the future.

Sian Chandler and Ryan Hughes singing into a microphone.
The Black Feathers are Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, tow talents with the ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient. American, folk and acoustic indie rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes' guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands. Their stage chemistry will keep you riveted. After builing a loyal following in the UK, The Black Feathers are spreading their wings in the US.


WVU Canady Creative Arts Center


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