A video with some in the studio shots of Chely Wright during the recording of her most recent album, "I Am the Rain." Wright is one of several artists who will perform on the Mountain Stage Jan. 22.

Mountain Stage Headed To Ohio University Jan. 22

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Sunday, Jan.  22, Ohio University’s Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium will be full with the wholesome sounds of Chely Wright, KT Tunstall, Mark Erelli, Johnny Staats accompanied by Robert Shafer, and Athens’ own J.D. Hutchison and Realbilly Jive for an installment of the celebrated Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.

For the past 34 years, Mountain Stage has been broadcasting live performances of a wide variety of musicians, from solidly heavy blues oriented players to indie rock darlings, like Iron & Wine, members of The Band, and everything in between.

“Larry (Groce’s) kind of a progenitor of Mountain Stage, it’s been his project since the beginning, and they’ve been doing this for more than two decades,” said J.D. Hutchison in an interview a few days before the late January performance. “He’s built it up and has done a wonderful job with it. (Mountain Stage) has gone through a lot of trouble to bring shows like this to different communities, and I think that’s admirable.”

Last year Hutchison released the critically acclaimed You and the World Outside, which was recorded with Hutchison’s long-time friend and fellow acclaimed musician, Tim O’Brien, of the band Hot Rize in Peachfork Studios in Meigs County.

“What can I say? I’m an old fart; I do old fart stuff, and everything hurts all the time. I’m half blind; I been here, I been there; been playing some kind of musical crap ever since I was a kid,” said Hutchison, modestly describing his decades-long career.

“People shouldn’t come if they don’t want to, but coming out might give them a chance to see somebody do something they might not normally see,” said Hutchison of the upcoming performance.

The show kicks off at 7 p.m. and tickets are on sale now; $12 for students, $18 for seniors and $20 for the general public. For more information, click here.