Tickets are on sale now for another fantastic offering by West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage with Larry Groce on Nov. 13. Showtime is set for 7 p.m. at the WVU Creative Arts Center. Scheduled to appear are Booker T. Jones and Jill Sobule. Tickets are on sale now at the Mountainlair and CAC box offices, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 304-293-SHOW. Additional artists will be announced as the show nears.

A dynamo since childhood, Booker T. Jones’ first entrance into professional music was at age 16, playing sax for Satellite Records. This initial pairing led to a decade-long relationship with the record company that became known as Stax. This resulted in Jones’ collaborating with the likes of Eddie Floyd and Otis Redding early on in his career. Jones hit the scene as a soloist in 1981 with “I Want You,” soon after producing albums for Rita Coolidge, Bill Withers and Willie Nelson.

“Booker T. pioneered the organ. When you heard him play, you knew it couldn’t be anyone else,” said the influential Isacc Hayes. Jones was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and was honored with a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in 2007. In 2009 he released a new album, Potato Hole, recorded with the alt-country Drive-By Truckers featuring Neil Young. The tested sound of Jones’ keyboard meshed with the Truckers’ raucous sound and Neil’s timeless guitar to create an energetic sound. He performed at the Bonnaroo Festival with the Drive-By Truckers on June 6, 2009.

Also slated to perform Nov. 13 is Jill Sobule. A sardonic storyteller, Sobule’s lithe voice and twangy guitar are surprising companions to her fearless themes. While Sobule’s tracks remain offbeat, her quirky character studies are supported by industry greats Todd Rundgren, Tom Morello, Steve Earle, Richard Barone and Don Henley. Her acquaintance with the mainstream came in 1995 with her Top 20 hit “I Kissed a Girl.” Off the same album came the track “Supermodel,” included in the Clueless soundtrack.

Tickets are on sale now. General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show and may be purchased at the Mountainlair and CAC box offices, online at ticketmaster.com and by phone at 304-293-SHOW or 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets.

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CONTACT: Kristie Gale; WVU Arts & Entertainment
304.293.8221; Kristie.Stewart-Gale@mail.wvu.edu

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