West Virginia Public Broadcastings Mountain Stage with Larry Groce returns to the WVU Creative Arts Center Sunday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature performances by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Elvis Perkins, Dale Ann Bradley and The Holmes Brothers. General admission tickets are on sale now.
Mary Chapin Carpenter �€Five-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist Mary Chapin Carpenters music has transcended genres. Carpenters first album Hometown Girl , released in 1987, was embraced by country music followers. Her success continued when her singleDown at the Twist and Shoutreached the #2 spot on Billboards country charts in 1992. Carpenters biggest mainstream success, however, came with her release Come On Come On , which featured several Billboard hits, includingHe Thinks Hell Keep HerandPassionate Kisses.The album led to consecutive Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year wins in 1992 and 1993. Her next album Stones in the Road contained the smash hitShut Up and Kiss Meand won the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Country Album. To date, Carpenter has released 11 solo albums. Her newest effort, The Calling , was released this month.
Elvis Perkins �€Folk singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins has been compared to the likes of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. Having lost both his parents to tragedy, his music is reflective of both heartbreak and hope. He has been hailed as an excellent live performer after delivering appealing performances at the Sasquatch and Austin City Limits music festivals. Perkinsfull-length debut album, Ash Wednesday , was released nationally in February.
Dale Ann Bradley �€ Music Row magazine has described Dale Ann Bradley as a”gentle mountain songbird with a shimmering delivery.”Bradley began making a name for herself in bluegrass circles in 1992 when she joined the band New Coon Creek Girls as a guitarist and lead vocalist. After four albums, the group dissolved. In 1997 Bradley and former band member Vicki Simmons formed a new band, Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek, and released East Kentucky Morning , which was well-received by fans and critics alike. The group has also gained popularity across genres by recording covers of pop songs such as U2’s”I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”and the 1970’s hit”Stuck in the Middle With You.
The Holmes Brothers �€The Holmes Brothers’unique synthesis of gospel-inflected R&B harmonies, accompanied by good drumming and rhythm-based guitar playing, gives them a down-home rural feeling that no other touring roots music group can duplicate. Brothers Sherman and Wendell Holmes, along with drummer Popsy Dixon (the falsetto voice), are the group’s core members.
The Holmes Brothers play a style of music that is a gumbo of church tunes, blues, country, funk, reggae, roots rock and soul. Although people like Bo Diddley, and especially Jimmy Reed, were early influences on Wendell and Sherman, gospel music also played an important role in their respective upbringings. The Chicago Tribune calls themthe undisputed masters of blues-based American roots music.
General admission tickets for the April 15th concert are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. Tickets are on sale now at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, and online at ticketmaster.com. Tickets may also be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet, including Giant Eagle at the Mountaineer Mall and FYE in the Meadowbrook Mall. To charge by phone call 292-0220. The Creative Arts Center Box Office will open at 6 p.m. on the day of the show.
This event is presented by WVU Arts&Entertainment. For more event information, call 304-293-SHOW, or visit us online atevents.wvu.edu.