Ruthie Foster makes her third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Foster's music may be best introduced with word that she's won two seemingly contradictory Blues Music Awards — one for Best Traditional Female Artist and another for Best Contemporary Female Artist in back-to-back years.
Emeli Sande is young, but she already has an enviable list of accomplishments under her belt. Along with a specialty in neuroscience from the University of Glasgow, she's become a global R&B phenomenon at just 23. The U.K. soul singer wrote her first song at 11 and began participating in music competitions in her teens. Given her powerful vocals and keen understanding of what makes a great song, there was little doubt that her debut would be a doozy — especially once her first single, the soulful "Heaven," became a worldwide hit.
Influential saxophonist Andrew Love died Monday at age 70. When Robert Cray came to Mountain Stage in November 1999 to support his soul-influenced album Take Your Shoes Off, he achieved the most authentic sound possible by hiring Andrew Love and Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns. Host Larry Groce shares this memory.