Listen: John Ellison Has Our Mountain Stage Song of the Week
Our Summer season of encore episodes continues this weekend as host Kathy Mattea welcomes Paul Thorn, Amythyst Kia, Jess Jocoy, Anna Lynch and John Ellison featuring the Carpenter Ants. Tune in starting June 10 on these NPR stations to listen.
Our Song of the Week features native West Virginian John Ellison. A veteran performer whose credits include writing the hit-song “Some Kind Of Wonderful,” originally recorded by his group the Soul Brothers Six. Ellison brings his distinct vocals to the stage accompanied by Charleston, W.Va based R&B/soul group The Carpenter Ants.
Together, Ellison and the Ants perform our Song of the Week, a love song to the state where Ellison was born- “West Virginia State Of Mind.”
The Carpenter Ants vocalist Charlie T., a beloved member of the West Virginia music community and a member of the Ants for 35 years, sadly passed away in December of 2021. The Carpenter Ants also include Michael Lipton on guitar, Ted Harrison on bass, Jupie Little on vocals, joined by Mountain Stage drummer Ammed Solomon.
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