Mountain Stage

WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

World Cafe Archives

Join David Dye as he navigates the World Cafe through live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

Folk Radio

Folk music radio streaming on the web; Americana, Roots Music, recordings, and stories from folk's best.
Listen Live

Mountain Stage

JD McPherson On Mountain Stage

Loading the player ...
JD McPherson makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Paramount Theater in Bristol Tenn./Va., in partnership with the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance. McPherson's debut album, Signs and Signifiers, began in an attic studio in Chicago, where he attempted to re-create the legendary rock sound of Chess Records and icons like Chuck Berry. The resulting record led to a string of sold-out club dates, an appearance on Conan O'Brien's talk show, and the top spot on the Americana radio charts.
Originally from Broken Arrow, Okla., McPherson studied video installation art before jumping headfirst into old-school R&B and rock after a record-store clerk gave him a two-disc Buddy Holly set that was bound for the garbage bin. Performing songs from Signs and Signifiers, McPherson is backed by his songwriting partner Jimmy Sutton on upright bass, along with Ray Jacildo on piano, Tom Lewis on drums and Doug Corcoran on tenor sax.
McPherson is followed by Julie Adams & The Mountain Stage band with the Kate Wolf tune "Like a River."
Set List


  • "Dimes For Nickels"

  • "Farmer John"

  • "Abigail Blue"

  • "A Gentle Awakening"

  • "Scandalous"

  • "North Side Gal"

  • "Like A River" (Julie Adams)


This installment of Mountain Stage was first published on Nov. 7, 2012.
Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Your Amazon Purchases Support WXPN

The Key Studio Sessions: Elegant Animals

Philly’s Elegant Animals are five musicians with an adventurous spirit that transcends genres. You could call them an electronic...Read More

66th annual Pastorius Park Concert lineup announced with Hezekiah Jones, The Lawsuits, Mutlu and...

The 2014 Pastorius Park Concert series has been announed, starting Wednesday, June 18th with Hezekiah Jones. The weekly Wednesday...Read More

Tonight’s Concert Picks: Loop at Kung Fu Necktie, The Revivalists at World Cafe Live, The Behn Gillece Quartet at Underground...

Before there was Pure Phase, before there was Screamadelica, there was Loop. The short-lived UK four-piece blended nervy electronic...Read More

Download “Nathaniel,” a folk-rock electronic song by Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt

Mostly known for his two decade career with his wife Tracey Thorn in Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt stepped into a career as a DJ...Read More

Revisit Band of Horses’ acoustic show at The Merriam; get amped for their plugged-in show at...

Back in February, XPoNential Music Festival headliners Band of Horses went unplugged on the stage of the Merriam Theater, which was...Read More