Ashley Monroe, Jesse Winchester, The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, Scott Miller with Rayna Gellert and Bombadil will each perform Oct. 6 at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center as part of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. Show time is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.
Ashley Monroe may be best known for her role in the Pistol Annies, a spitfire country trio consisting of Monroe, Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley. Debuting in 2011, the group made waves with their fierce anthem “Hell on Heels,” and released an album by the same name shortly after. Monroe has been honing her charming twang since her Tennessee youth, and the young musician has been traveling smoothly through the country scene ever since. Monroe released her first single in 2006 and spent the next few years writing songs for her 2009 album “Satisfied” while co-writing with Katrin Elam, Jason Aldean and Lambert. Monroe also regularly lends her talents to backing vocals with Jack White’s Third Man House Band. She can also be heard on longtime friend Lambert’s hit song “Me and Your Cigarettes.” Her latest album “Like A Rose,” debuted earlier this year and was produced by Vince Gill.
Jesse Winchester has been recognized as a songwriter for decades, writing music for the likes of George Strait, Patti Page, Elvis Costello and Joan Baez. Winchester’s voice is steeped with a slight lilt and it is the perfect accompaniment to his emotional lyrics. Rolling Stone magazine named Winchester the “Best Voice of the Decade” in 1977. Among Winchester’s formal accolades is a Junio nomination for the Best Country Male Vocalist and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Winchester’s best-known songs include “Yankee Lady,” “Mississippi You’re On My Mind” and “Biloxi.”
Legendary guitarist John Jorgenson has been playing professionally since age 14, but didn’t hit the mainstream until 1993 when he formed the guitar trio The Hellecasters. Jorgenson has performed with Bob Dylan, Elton John and Bob Seger. Now, he primarily performs with the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, a pickin’ and grinnin’ group consisting of Herb Pederson, Jon Randall and Mark Fain. All four musicians have worked and toured with a number of big names, including Earl Scruggs and Emmy Lou Harris. The band’s technical skill, coupled with their years of experience, provides a jaw-dropping performance that blends traditional bluegrass with their own unique sound.
Scott Miller’s versatile country-rock sound and Rayna Gellert’s old-time fiddling met for the first time on the “Mountain Stage” and the two quickly became friends and collaborators. The duo was so infectious and well loved by fans that Miller and Gellert released an EP called “The CoDependants” in 2012 and now they’re returning to the stage that started it all. Miller began his career in bands The V-Roys and The Commonwealth. Gellert began her career as a classically trained violinist, but soon found her niche in old-time fiddling and has become a renowned force, playing with Toubab Krewe and Abigail Wilson. Gellert has also been featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and has competed at the Appalachian String Band Music Festival in West Virginia’s Fayette County. Together, Gellert and Miller create a heart-wringing blend of old-time fiddle and sincere country and folk songs, including favorites “Dear Sarah” and “Someday Sometime.”
The indie quartet Bombadil hails from Durham, N.C. After playing a show with The Avett Brothers in 2006, the group worked feverishly to debut their self-titled EP, followed by a full-length album “A Buzz, A Buzz” in 2008. Bombadil has taken their easygoing sound across the country, playing Bonnaroo, Floydfest, Pickathon and individual venues. The band has recorded three full-length albums since their premier, including one recorded in the same barn as The Decemberists’ “The King is Dead,” and their months-old album “Metrics of Affection.” This newest release is an eclectic mix of both mellow sounds and upbeat styles that seamlessly mix into a polished anytime record, featuring “Angeline” and “Born at 5:00.”
Showtime is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 6. General admission tickets are $23 in advance and $28 on the day-of-show. Tickets are on sale now at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.
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