- Audio CD (March 7, 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Live
- Label: Blue Plate
- ASIN: B00004C4KX
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,139 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
John Hartford Live From Mountain Stage
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Live from Mountain Stage: John Hartford
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MP3 Music, March 7, 2000
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The clown prince of old-time returns with this engaging live set that collects performances from three mid-'90s appearances on the West Virginia-based radio program. Clown, we say, because Hartford is so adept at being humorous and wistful simultaneously. And because he never takes himself too seriously, but never (OK, rarely) lapses into silliness. Filled with Hartford's distinctive banjo and fiddle work and an assortment of classic original material, the set serves as an accessible introduction to one of folk music's most unique and idiosyncratic characters. --Marc Greilsamer
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I wouldn't select it as a favorite, because I like Hartford's quirky songs the best, and this collection tends to lean toward the traditional side of things. Hartford seems to get a kick out of playing for folks, and that side of him comes across well in his live recordings. He's interesting to watch on stage because you never can guess what he's thinking...hard to figure. Sometimes he comes across as remote, but then it turns out that he's really witty and having a lot of fun with things in his own way.
If you like bluegrass or folk music, I'd definitely recommend all of his works. As famous as he is in some circles, Hartford often gets missed by more mainstream folks....what a shame!