Ollabelle, appearing live on Mountain Stage this Sunday
Mountain Stage returns to the Culture Center this Sunday with a live show featuring Ollabelle, along with Foster & Lloyd, Chris Smither, The Henry Girls, and The Fox Hunt.
Taking their name from influential Appalachian songwriter Ola Belle Reed, the five members of Ollabelle (who all sing and play) blend indigenous American music styles, mixing folk, blues, and gospel.
Ollabelle’s self-titled first album was produced by roots music legend T-Bone Burnett, and their second album Riverside Battle Songs was co-produced with former Bob Dylan band member Larry Campbell. Their soon-to-be-released album is called Neon Blue Bird.
Foster & Lloyd, appearing live on Mountain Stage this Sunday
We’ll also be joined by country-pop duo Foster & Lloyd. Reuniting after more than two decades, Radney Foster and Bill Lloyd scored hits including “Crazy Over You,” "Sure Thing," "What Do You Want From Me This Time," "Texas in 1880" and "Fair Shake."
They toured internationally, garnered a Grammy nomination and were a constant presence at the CMA awards. When the two decided to call it quits in 1991, they chose Mountain Stage as the venue for their final show. The duo’s stellar new release, It’s Already Tomorrow, features a number of guests including Cheap Trick bassist Tom Peterson and Sam Bush.
Acoustic folk and blues singer Chris Smither returns to Mountain Stage. Smither has released nearly a dozen albums of his own material for the Flying Fish, Hightone, and Signature Sounds labels, and his songs "Love You Like a Man" and "I Feel the Same" have been recorded by guitarist and singer Bonnie Raitt.
Smither’s most recent album, Time Stands Still features songs by Mark Knopfler and Bob Dylan, and he just released a third live CD, Lost & Found, exclusively for fans through his website.
Making their first appearance on Mountain Stage are the Henry Girls. Comprised of three sisters - Joleen, Lorna and Karen McLaughlin - from Inishowen in Co. Donegal, Ireland, the Henry Girls create an eclectic mix of folk, blues and traditional Irish, framed by their 3-part harmonies. They appeared at the 2011 Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland (where they first came to the attention of Mountain Stage), and count West Virginia’s The Fox Hunt among their musical friends.
Speaking of The Fox Hunt – the Martinsburg-based string band rounds out the show. Upon returning from a tour of Ireland this spring, the Fox Hunt became the first act to sell out the Shepherdtown, WV Opera House. On the road 150 days a year, the band has amassed a loyal following and was recently featured on CNN.com.
If you'd like to learn more about the artists featured on this show, check out our Mountain Stage newsletter by clicking here (it's a .pdf download). Tickets are available online and at Taylor Books. The doors open at 6:30, and the action begins at 7. See you at the show!