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HWY 89 BYU Radio Performance
LAURA CORTESE (fiddle, lead vocals) and MARIEL VANDERSTEEL (fiddle, back-up vocals) played Highway 89's first House Concert on May 20, 2013 at the home of Liz and Andrew Maxfield in Provo, Utah.

Songs in this episode: Train on the Island, Greasy Coat, Village Green, Life is Good Blues, Take Your Time, Heel to Toe

During the show Highway 89 host Bruce Seely chatted with Laura about a range of topics: fiddle camp, the musicians at her wedding, her new album, touring the USA, how she holds her fiddle like a guitar sometimes and more.

Photos by Lisa Holbrook Lewis

HIGHWAY 89 is a LIVE music performance program that originates in the radio studios of BYU Broadcasting and is distributed nationally on Sirius XM 143 BYU Radio (and, with classical format shows also being broadcast locally on Classical 89.1 & 89.5 FM. In 2012 HIGHWAY 89 featured 595 musicians from different genres of music—Classical, Jazz, Broadway, Folk, Celtic and A cappella, to name a few. The recording engineer is Mark Wait. The show's producer is Jackie Tateishi. You can contact the show with questions or comments at

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