Kate Campbell makes her sixth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Paramount Theater in partnership with the Birthplace of Country Music in Bristol, Tenn./Va. Born in New Orleans, Campbell writes songs steeped in the culture of the American South. She released her debut album, Songs From the Levee, back in 1995; it drew apt comparisons to singer-songwriters like Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams.
Natalie Maines doesn't hesitate to make audacious moves, and wresting away "Mother" — Roger Waters' hymn to oppressive maternal authority figures from Pink Floyd — is the biggest one on her first solo album. Maines takes the "Mother" from Pink Floyd's The Wall and deconstructs it, emotional brick by emotional brick.
Pistol Annies: The name itself implies a tough country-girl persona, and the band's members can back it up. Born in Texas, Miranda Lambert is an avid hunter. Angaleena Presley hails from three generations of Kentucky coal miners. And Ashley Monroe was raised in East Tennessee near the Smoky Mountains. But in song, they don't brag about their toughness.