CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "There are two types of folk music: quiet folk music and loud folk music," says Dave Alvin. "I play both." Hear Alvin (pictured) and his band, The Guilty Ones, turn the volume both up and down when they appear on Sunday's "Mountain Stage," which shifts venues to the Clay Center this week.
The show begins at 7 p.m. and has a lineup that's a feast of acclaimed song stylists. They include one-of-a-kind jazz and blues singer Catherine Russell, a singer with a pedigreed musical family. (Her dad, a pioneering pianist and band leader, was Louis Armstrong's long-time musical director).
Catie Curtis is an indie alt-country singer-songwriter dubbed "a folk-rock goddess" by the New Yorker. Will Hoge hails from Nashville, but he doesn't wear a big hat and his sound tends toward introspective rootsy rock. Eliza Gilkyson cut her teeth on folk as the daughter of folk-pop singer/songwriter Terry Gilkyson and has gone on to a long and varied career in folk circles.