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.
Magic Slim and his band The Teardrops make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Born Morris Holt in Torrence, Miss., in 1937, Magic Slim has been called "a national treasure" by Living Blues magazine. Part of the generation of Southern bluesmen who migrated to Chicago in the mid-20th century, Slim first turned to the guitar after losing a little finger in a cotton-gin accident, making it difficult for him to play piano.
Johnny Winter makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Arguably the first artist to drag electric blues kicking and screaming into the land of hard rock, Winter remains one of the most respected guitarists alive, representing the clear link between British blues-rock and Americana.