For a special road show recorded in partnership with the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance in Bristol, Tenn./Va., Mountain Stage brought along a hometown favorite, singer-songwriter John Lilly. The editor of West Virginia's treasured Goldenseal magazine since 1997, Lilly plays music that recalls the sounds of a different era. Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called his 2000 release Broken Moon one of the "most unusual and interesting acoustic discs of the year," and his 2005 album Blue Highway was a collaboration with legendary Tennessee fiddler Ralph Blizard.
Lilly's Haunted Honky Tonk featured a guest spot by slide-guitar phenomenon Sonny Landreth, and topped both the Freeform American Roots (FAR) and Euro Americana radio charts. His current release is John Lilly: Live on Red Barn Radio, which features solo performances accompanied by his own guitar and mandolin work. The songs are highlighted by spoken introductions and interview segments.
This segment originally ran on October 28, 2011.