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Acclaimed Mountain Stage Comes to Barter Theatre August 16

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Mountain StageAbingdon, VA -- Mountain Stage comes to Barter Theatre for an exciting one night only performance and recording! Gretchen Peters, JD Souther, Nellie McKay, The Whiskey Gentry, and Wayne Henderson fill the stage for two hours of great country and Americana music. Mountain Stage is recording the concert live, and it will be broadcast to over 150 NPR stations nationally. Barter Theatre makes the perfect stage for this showcase of seasoned legends and emerging stars.

Gretchen Peters was inducted into the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014, she has long been one of Music City’s most beloved and respected artists, known never to shy away from darkness and struggle in her writing. Martina McBride’s recording of her stirring “Independence Day,” a song that deals with domestic abuse, was nominated for a Grammy and took home Song of the Year honors at the CMAs, and her work has been performed by everyone from Etta James and Neil Diamond to George Strait and Trisha Yearwood. “If Peters never delivers another tune as achingly beautiful as ‘On A Bus To St. Cloud,'” People Magazine wrote, “she has already earned herself a spot among country’s upper echelon of contemporary composers.” To learn more about Gretchen and her work visit GretchenPeters.com.

JD Souther is an architect of the Southern California sound and a huge influence on modern songwriting, JD Souther has written and co-written many of the Eagles hits including "Heartache Tonight," "Victim Of Love," "New Kid In Town," "Best Of My Love," Don Henley's "The Heart Of The Matter," as well as the Eagles 2007 hit, "How Long." Linda Ronstadt has recorded ten of his songs, including "Faithless Love," "Simple Man, Simple Dream," and "Prisoner in Disguise." His hit "You're Only Lonely" reached the top ten and was quickly followed by "Her Town, Too" which JD co-wrote with James Taylor. The Dixie Chicks 1998 hit "I'll Take Care of You," was also written by JD and featured on their album Wide Open Spaces, which sold over 11 million records. He has released 8 solo albums, including the 2011 collection NATURAL HISTORY, about which Jazz Times Magazine said: "Souther proves his work holds up as well as Dylan's, Simon's, or Lennon and McCartney's." In 2013, Souther was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and is currently in the studio putting the final touches on his new CD that will be released in early 2015 on Sony Masterworks. For more information about JD Souther check out his website at jdsouther.net.

Nellie McKay has previously released five full-length albums, including Pretty Little Head, Obligatory Villagers and Normal as Blueberry Pie. She has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera and performed onscreen in the films P.S. I Love You and Downtown Express, as well as writing original music for the Rob Reiner film Rumor Has It and contributing to the Emmy-winning documentary, Gasland. Nellie’s music has been heard on the TV shows Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS and Nurse Jackie, and she has appeared on numerous TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman (with the Brooklyn Philharmonic). In 2010, the Chase Brock Experience produced a ballet of Obligatory Villagers and Nellie contributed the forward to the 20th anniversary edition of The Sexual Politics of Meat, by Carol J. Adams. Her writing has also appeared in The Onion, Interview and The New York Times Book Review. To learn more about Nellie and her work visit NellieMcKay.com.

The Whiskey Gentry is “toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass…with a punk-inspired kick drum," as described by Paste Magazine. The Whiskey Gentry’s catchy tunes reel in listeners spanning from music novices to mainstream audiences, while their musical mastery garners the professional praise and respect of those with the most sophisticated of musical palates. Initially a quintet formed by husband and wife duo Lauren Staley and Jason Morrow, the band’s debut album in 2011 Please Make Welcome became a critically-acclaimed success, quickly launching the Atlanta-based band into markets from Tampa to NYC, and at festivals priding themselves as the first to showcase the next best thing. Find out more about The Whiskey Gentry at thewhiskeygentry.com.

Wayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar, and in seven nations in Asia. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about 20 instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made. Good friend Doc Watson owned a Henderson mandolin. He said, “That Henderson mandolin is as good as any I’ve had my hands on. And that’s saying a lot, because I’ve picked up some good ones.”

Since 1983, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce has been welcoming world-class performers to showcase their talents in the exciting format of live performance radio. As Mountain Stage continues their 32st season in 2015, they are actively working to preserve our rich history. Mountain Stage has completed over 800 episodes, totaling over 2,000 hours of performances, stored across five different formats: Reel to Reel, DAT tape, Mini Disc, CD and hard drive.

Mountain Stage is working to provide you, the listener access to a web based portal that will allow you to hear every Mountain Stage performance simply by clicking a button. For more information about Mountain Stage please visit www.mountainstage.org. Mountain Stage is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR Music

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