Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 6:24 am
Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter Richie Havens — who died April 22 at age 72 — appeared on Mountain Stage on Jan. 29, 1995. His unmistakably percussive guitar style and intense vocals helped set him apart from other songwriters, while his ability to make traditional and cover songs his own made him a primal force in the world of solo acoustic performers. Havens had long since secured his place in history by opening the fabled Woodstock festival with a three-hour set that kept thousands of listeners spellbound.
Richie Havens was a colorful, larger-than-life performer. He plays several of his best-known songs during this set, during which you can often hear the sound of his beads hitting his guitar and adding to the music.