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Mountain Stage

with Kathy Mattea
April 28 • 7pm
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 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. This show will feature guest host David Mayfield.


Ruthie Foster publicity photo
Ruthie Foster’s ninth studio album represents a new high water mark for the veteran blues artist—a collection of songs possessing pure power, like a tidal wave of musical generosity. "Healing Time" finds Foster pushing her boundaries as a singer and songwriter more than ever before, creating a truly live-sounding atmosphere with the help of her band. This album is the latest jewel in Foster’s accomplished career, which includes multiple Grammy nominations and collaborations with fellow luminaries like Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks.

Charlie Mars plays a guitar. Photo by David McClister Photo
Mississippi-born singer/songwriter Charlie Mars is a country- and folk-inflected pop artist blessed with a warm vocal croon and a knack for crafting poignant, earthy songs. His latest album "Times Have Changed" is rooted in folk-pop, but nourished with country, soul, laid-back reggae grooves, and Mars’ love for the languid. The 10 songs on this album chronicle Mars' path from a restless young wanderer seeking adventure, escape, love or truth, to the man who’s discovered that his road to happiness is a gravel drive leading to a porch perfect for viewing actual stars.

Tara Wilcox, AJ Dean and Francesca “Chess” Whiffin of The Wandering Hearts trio.
The Wandering Hearts are a London based alt-country/folk Americana group known for their world class three-part harmonies. Their influences include Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, The Milk Carton Kids and Crosby, Stills, Nash &Young. The trio is one one of the leading lights of the British folk/American scene, having been nominated for UK Album of the Year at the UK Americana Awards 2022.

Ian George and Dani Aubert of the duo Fellow Pynins
Fellow Pynins is an Ashland, Oregon based award winning contemporary folk duo with a keen and bucolic sense of vocal harmony and song craft anchored in the balladry tradition. The duo consists of Dani Aubert (claw-hammer banjo, bouzouki) and solo artist Ian George (guitar, mandolin). They are songwriters, collectors, and interpreters. All of the songs on their sophomore album, Lady Mondegreen were learned person-to-person from various individuals they met while traveling with their two children on a 10-month song collecting trip through Europe, the UK and Ireland.

Rebecca Porter looks towards the sky while playing her guitar.
A singer-songwriter born in Guam and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Rebecca Porter continues to forge her way in country music with songs that are heartfelt and honest. She balances her distinctive storytelling with the dynamics of her commanding voice in a unique display of soulful classic country. Her latest album, "Queen of the Local," was successfully crowdfunded based on her formidable regional power.

Guest host David Mayfield stands before a microphone while holding a guitar.
Americana singer/songwriter David Mayfield has deep roots in the bluegrass and folk scenes. Also band leader and GRAMMY nominated producer, Mayfield stepped out of the sideman shadows (having been a member of the bluegrass outfit Cadillac Sky) in 2011. Since that time he has toured almost non-stop. Conscious of not just being a musician, but an entertainer— something his father instilled in him in the family band—he certainly makes an impression live. But it’s the strength of his songwriting and musicianship, combined with that charm and personality that keep audiences consistently lining up to join the parade.  thedavidmayfieldparade


WVU Canady Creative Arts Center


Ticket Information

Rows A-F = $39
Rows G-U = $32
Rows V-GG = $27

Rows A-F = $39
Rows G-GG = $10

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