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Van Dyke Parks On Mountain Stage

The legendary arranger, songwriter and musician makes his first appearance on West Virginia's famous stage.
Source: Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage
Updated May 6, 2021 at 9:52 AM ET

Few American artists have concocted such a deliciously wild artistic and musical gumbo as 78-year-old Louisiana-raised, New York and California-tested Van Dyke Parks.

The arranger, songwriter, musician, actor and producer has performed and worked with everyone from Mothers of Invention and Skrillex to U2, The Byrds, Silverchair, and multiple collaborations

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