Roots singer-songwriter Chris Kasper is often thought of as a leading light of the Philadelphia folk scene, but a little known fact about the guy: he spent his musical formative years in Morgantown, West Virginia, studying at WVU. That’s where he first made the acquaintance of Mountain Stage host Larry Groce — who recently welcomed Kasper for his first appearance on the nationally-syndicated NPR program (which airs on WXPN Sunday afternoons).
Recorded on October 16 at The Clay Center in Charleston, on a lineup also featuring Foy Vance, Amanda Shires, Oh Pep! and Carsie Blanton, Kasper’s four-song set was performed with with Kiley Ryan on fiddle and backup vocals, and showcases what Groce praises as Kasper’s versatility in folk, pop and blues.
“I thought he was a talented guy [when I met him at WVU],” says Groce. “And he’s certainly applied that talent and has been working hard on the road for the past couple years.”
You can listen to Kasper’s appearance on Mountain Stage here; his set begins at the 49:55 mark, and the songs performed are “The Waterline,” “Belly,” “City By The Sea” and “Oh, Carolina.” Listen to the studio version of “City By the Sea” below.
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