Radio

Mountain Stage Song of the Week
4:18 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Hear Umphrey's McGee Play "Comma Later" on Mountain Stage

Umphrey's McGee, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Whether you call it progressive rock, progressive improvisation or "improg," the force of Umphrey's McGee's musicianship cannot be denied. On any give night they can be found performing for thousands of screaming fans, but on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, they deliver a special performance for a sold-out crowd of 400. Here they are performing "Comma Later," live in Charleston.

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West Virginia History
10:08 am
Wed October 1, 2014

October 1, 1896: Rural Free Mail Delivery Begins

The Rural Free Delivery service took the chore of getting the mail off the backs of America's farmers.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / rural delivery, RFD, 1896, farmers, Postmaster General,

In 1896, the nation’s first Rural Free Delivery, known as RFD, was introduced in West Virginia. Prior to this, people in rural areas didn’t have access to mail delivery. To get their mail, farm families had to travel to a town, which, in some cases, could be an all-day trip. And more than half the country’s 76 million people lived on farms.

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Radio
3:31 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Elizabeth Cook Postpones Scheduled Mountain Stage Appearance

Country singer and songwriter Elizabeth Cook.

As announced Monday on her Facebook page, country singer and Sirius XM Outlaw Country's "Apron Strings" host Elizabeth Cook has canceled a string of upcoming performances and will not appear as scheduled on Mountain Stage Sunday, October 19. We will reschedule her appearance as soon as possible.

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Holiday Event
10:44 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Joy to the World Tickets On Sale

Singer Mollie O'Brien joins pianist Bob Thompson for this year's "Joy to the World" holiday celebration. Performances are scheduled for Charleston (Dec.11) Wheeling (Dec. 12) and Beckley (Dec. 13). Tickets are on sale October 1.

Three concerts in three cities

Featuring special guest vocalist Mollie O'Brien

Live performances:

Thursday, Dec. 11  in Charleston

Friday, Dec. 12 in Wheeling

Saturday, Dec. 13 in Beckley

Ticket info is below.
 

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Recommended If You Like: Brutally Honest Rock
1:19 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Bishops

Bishops' new release, Silver Lining.
Credit Sage Perrott (haypeep.com)

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch talks with Tucker Riggleman (vocals, guitar) from the Shepherdstown-based rock band Bishops. Since the dissolution of his other West Virginia alt-outfit, The Demon Beat, Riggleman has been focusing on creating gritty yet accessible rock melodies as the frontman for Bishops, as evidenced by the band’s newest release, Silver Lining. Check out the interview below to learn more about Bishops’ musical past, present, and future.

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Radio
7:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Mountain Stage Announces Two More Live Shows

St. Paul & The Broken Bones appear at a live Mountain Stage show November 23 at the Culture Center Theater.
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“Mountain Stag w/ Larry Groce”  has announced two more live performances scheduled before the end of 2014. Tickets for both events will be for sale Friday, October 3 at 8am, and will be made available at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston, by phone at 800.594.TIXX(8499), online via MountainStage.org and also at the upcoming live shows starting October 5.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
6:02 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- September 27 & 28

Chuck Prophet performing on Mountain Stage in 2007.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

2007 was a great year: the final "Harry Potter" book was released, we were introduced to some plucky teenagers in "Juno," Steve Jobs made an announcement about something called an iPhone, and Mountain Stage Radio Show featured some top notch perfomers, as we'll hear on this week's "Mountain Stage After Midnight." Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes and they'll alternate order each night.

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Radio
9:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

The Unseen Hand of God

Sir David Attenborough and friend.
Credit WikiCommons

"If we and the rest of the back-boned animals were to disappear overnight, the rest of the world would get on pretty well. But if they (invertebrates-insects) were to disappear, the land's ecosystems would collapse.  These small creatures are within a few inches of our feet, wherever we go on land – but often, they're disregarded. We would do very well to remember them." ~Sir David Attenborough

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Hear Rosanne Cash Play "A Feather's Not a Bird," Live on Mountain Stage

Rosanne Cash, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Rosanne Cash's song "A Feather's Not a Bird" comes from her latest album, "River and the Thread," which was inspired a recent trip she took through the American deep south. She performs the song live on Mountain Stage, backed by her partner in life and music, guitarist and producer John Leventhal.

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Radio
1:41 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

All Good Things Imaginable

Robert Fripp on stage in Boston, 2014.
Credit Tony Levin.

A musician lives for music.

Perhaps better to say, for the 'experience' that music has to offer. More precisely, a musician lives to further clarify and deepen the relationship between themselves and that mystical experience when music removes us from any sense of time, ourselves, our obligations - all those encroaching weights that keep us aground.

A friend of mine, normally taciturn, expressed his experience after a joyous reunion of our old band:

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Vocational Education
12:06 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Reviving Vocational Education

Ready to Work: Reviving Vocational Ed Airs Monday night at 8 p.m. on West Virginia Public RadioCredit Emily HanfordEdit | Remove

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Radio
10:48 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Symphony of Ideas Returns!

Maestro Grant Cooper.
Credit Jim Lange

Symphony of Ideas: SEPTEMBER 25 at 12:15pm & OCTOBER 2 at 8pm. 2 hours.

Symphony of Ideas, a collaboration between WV Public Radio and the WV Symphony Orchestra returns this Thursday with a brand new program with many West Virginia connections.

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Radio
4:55 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Eclectopia: Why Not the Mambo?

Eclectopia, baby.

This week's show is all over the musical map.

So, how's that any different from any other show?

Good point. This week we embrace funk, rock, alt folk and the once king of dances- the mambo.

Perez Prado was called the Mambo King. He is easily identifed by his famous grunts (Huh!) that you hear throughout the nearly-off-the-rails brass arrangements of his band.

Lest you think me being ironic with all this mambo business, thus embracing hipsterdom, I am not. This is fiery, vivacious, Latino music that gets me moving.

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Recommended If You Like: Rhythm-based Rock
11:28 am
Fri September 19, 2014

'A Change of Tune' Interviews Coyotes in Boxes

Coyotes in Boxes.
Credit Porter McLeod

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Kyle Baughman (drums, vocals) and Steve Holland (vocals, bass) from the indie rock band Coyotes in Boxes. The band is currently based in Nashville, but these Box-loving Coyotes still have a fond place in their heart for their alma mater (Marshall University), their hometown musical heroes (Sly Roosevelt, Tyler Childers, Qiet), and their home state (West Virginia).

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Higher Education
11:18 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How Universities Are Adapting to the New Student

American RadioWorks: The New Face of College Monday night at 8 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio
Credit Suzanne Pekow

  The 21st Century college student is likely to be older than traditional students.  She's more likely to be female, working and Hispanic or African-American. She's more likely to be a mom. She's less likely to attend college full time or finish in four years. This American RadioWorks documentary explores how universities are adapting to their new students. We visit Amherst College, a leader among elite schools in recruiting and serving non-traditional students.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
5:27 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- September 20 & 21

Oddball rockers Dr. Dog performed songs from "Be the Void," the group's 2012 release.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

 

You know what's hard to believe? Fall is coming. You know what's easy to believe? Some of the best artists visit Mountain Stage right when the leaves start to change, as proven with this weekend's pair of November 2012 archived performances on "Mountain Stage After Midnight." Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes and they'll alternate order each night.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
12:05 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Hear Jason Isbell Play "Cover Me Up" Live on Mountain Stage

Jason Isbell performs "Cover Me Up," Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Jason Isbell took home top honors last night at the 2014 American Music Association's awards ceremony in Nashville; winning  Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for "Cover Me Up." Isbell perfomed "Cover Me Up" when he visited Mountain Stage last year, backed by his wife Amanda Shires on violin.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
3:37 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Hear Paul Thorn Play "What the Hell is Going On?," Live on Mountain Stage

Paul Thorn on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

With his trademark humor and razor-sharp insight, singer-songwriter Paul Thorn asks a question about the state of the world today as only he can: "What the Hell is Going On?"

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Radio
1:14 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Classical King Crimson

KC 2014 lineup. Who's the new guy with the horns?
Credit Tony Levin. Used by permission.

I know I'm a bit obsessed about this band. I get that.

To be perfectly honest, my tireless enthusiasm is founded on one basic idea: by comparison, every other band seems lame. When friends or family talk wildly about some country singer (yawn) or some muso drones on endlessly about a new hot band, I sigh internally. About 40% of the time, the music is engaging and I might even download it and roll it through the Eclectopian wheels. It's clever and catchy, but it pales by any comparison. It's not fair to do that, but music people are like that.

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Mountain Stage After Midnight
10:40 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Mountain Stage After Midnight- September 13 & 14

The late, great Magic Slim first appeared on Mountain Stage in 2012. His music remains "a national treasure" in the blues world.
Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

As the old saying goes, "Everybody's working for the weekend," and it's no wonder considering the Mountain Stage archived performances we've picked out for this weekend's "Mountain Stage After Midnight." Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes and they'll alternate order each night.

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