Backstage interviews from Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage, the long-running live concert program from West Virginia Public Broadcasting, has added a new feature on their web site. They now shoot backstage interviews with show guests, and post them on the individual show pages at NPR.

Recent featured artists include Nashville bluesgrassers The Steeldrivers, and banjo/vocal style-chameleon Abigail Washburn.

Steeldrivers Mike Henderson and Tammy Rogers chat here with Mountain Stage host Larry Groce about how the band came together, and their new Rounder CD, Reckless. There are also clips of them performing on the show, with new lead singer/guitarist Gary Nichols.

Audio for the entire Steeldrivers set can be heard at

Miss Washburn was also the subject of a backstage chat. She discussed her upcoming CD, City Of Refuge, due early in 2011. Her musical set featured Bryn Davies on bass, Rayna Gellert on fiddle and City of Refuge producer Kai Welch on keys, guitar and trumpet.

Full show audio is here.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.