We had the high honor of performing yesterday on Mountain Stage – the premier live performance radio show. This took place at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia, as part of the college’s gala Augusta Heritage Festival. The show is taped in front of a live audience for later broadcast. I understand that our show will carried on about 200 stations around the world the week of October 5.
Headlining the show was West Virginia treasure and sweetheart Kathy Mattea, appearing with guitarist Bill Cooley, performing songs from her soon-to-be-released CD Pretty Bird. Kathy and Bill are amazing!
Also on the show were Darin and Brooke Aldridge, bluegrass stars from North Carolina. Joe Newberry, also from North Carolina, opened the show with a solo set, while West Virginia’s champion liar, Bil Lepp, served as guest emcee and told a tall tale.
Bil surprised us with this introduction: “We can all list the great power trios of the rock world, but Blue Yonder spans so many genres of American music that this trio can best be described as the Nirvana of honky-tonk, the Cream of country, the Rush of rockabilly, the Beastie Boys of bluegrass… Ladies and gentlemen please welcome Blue Yonder.”