Singer/songwriter Kate Long, of Charleston, WV, specializes in Appalachian traditional music. Her “Who’ll Watch the Homeplace” became the International Bluegrass Music Association Song of the Year (1994) after Laurie Lewis recorded it. Long is also the host and producer of “In Their Own Country,” a 14-part series on West Virginia Public Radio featuring different writers and authors from the Mountain State.
Singer/songwriter Todd Burge has fronted many bands over the last couple decades, ranging from punk to bluegrass, but is probably best known as a solo performer, playing his self-described “stuck between Americana and a weird place” acoustic country blues tunes. This 3-time Mountain Stage performer plays over 175 shows a year and has shared the stage with a diverse array of artists including Ricky Skaggs, m.o.e., Tim Finn, Chris Smither, Jorma Kaukonen, Lisa Germano, Tish Hinojosa and Robbie Fulks.
Since 1975 Keith and Joan Pitzer have been pleasing crowds at festivals and concerts throughout the coal country and the mid-Atlantic region with their original and traditional American and Celtic folk songs. The duo was among the top three finalists at this year’s Mountain Stage New Song Festival and they have shared the stage with standouts such as Norman & Nancy Blake, Tony Rice, Tom Paxton, Garnet Rogers, Robin and Linda Williams and Bill Staines.