Bhi Bhiman makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. A child of Sri Lankan immigrants, Bhiman has heard his music compared to the likes of Bill Withers, Richie Havens, Jim James and even Nina Simone. Bhiman told host Larry Groce that he first came to music through the guitars of Chuck Berry, AC/DC and, later, Seattle grunge.
Bhiman developed a strong interest in folk music as he began writing his own songs, counting Blood on the Tracks among his favorites; he even integrated Bob Dylan's dropped guitar tuning into many of his own songs. Bhiman's music also showcases his sense of humor — especially in "Kimchee Line," a song he introduces to the audience as being about what he "imagines North Koreans do all day." Bhiman closes with a cover of The Staple Singers' "Freedom Highway," which was not heard on the radio broadcast.