Mountain Stage
3:21 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Asleep at the Wheel - "Hesitation Blues"- Live from Mountain Stage

Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Legendary Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel have been performing for more than 40 years. Here's a live staple, most recently recorded by the band with Willie Nelson,  called "Hesitation Blues," from the band's eighth appearance on "Mountain Stage."

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12:16 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Claudio Abbado - A Tribute

Maestro Claudio Abbado.
Credit WikiCommons

Conductor Claudio Abbado passed this week (January 20, 2014) and today on Classical Music we pay tribute to the maestro.

President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy paid tribute: Mr. Abbado had “honored the great musical tradition of our country in Europe and all over the world.”

The New York Times has a tribute.

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12:55 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Water, Water Everywhere

“I learned to take a bath in a tea cup!” I often chortled to anyone who would listen. A slight exaggeration, of course, but one time when I had been without water for 5 weeks, I learned to adapt, plus this important lesson: “I’ll never take water for granted again.”

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
11:30 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - "The Train that Carried My Gal from Town" - Live from Mountain Stage

Credit Brian Blauser

  Two of roots music's very finest, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, team up on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage. Here the perform a vamped-up version of "The Train That Carried My Gal from Town," originally made famous by Logan County native Frank Hutchison.

Find out more about all the great artists on this week's Mountain Stage broadcast.

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
10:06 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Listen to Buddy & Jim, Corb Lund, Sturgill Simpson and More on Mountain Stage.

The Chapin Sisters, live on Mountain Stage
Brian Blauser

This week's episode of Mountain Stage features country-music sounds of various sources, headlined by  hit-makers Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale. The songwriting partners and Sirius XM co-hosts play songs from their acclaimed 2013 release "Buddy & Jim." Also appearing are Abigail & Lilly, The Chapin Sisters, Canadian rancher Corb Lund, Nashville based new-age outlaw Sturgill Simpson and WV-based honky tonk group Blue Yonder (Robert Shafer, John Lilly & Will Carter).

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2:15 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Oh, the Hipsters Lie!

"I'll take a half-caff, mocha, half-soy, fair trade, Guatemalan cup of heavy irony, please."
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Music snobbery comes in many forms, but it operates under two basic principles.

The first is that a hipster assumes that they know about bands you couldn't possible know about and therefore you are much less hip than they. Secondly, once everyone knows about a band, their music or their "hipness," is no longer viable as they have "gone commercial."

Jimmy Kimmel has done a social experiment. When a camera and a mic are present, what will they say when asked about fictional bands?

The result is a scream:

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Inside Appalachia
12:07 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Ky. and W.Va. State of the States, The War on Poverty 50 years later, and more

Kentuckians and West Virginians learn the state of their states.

50 years ago President Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty.

We travel 219 to some West Virginia towns with unique histories.

And visit the classroom of West Virginia’s Teacher of the Year.

Ky. State of the State: Legislators across Appalachia have gone back to work and many governors have delivered their state of the state addresses, including Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear.  WEKU’S Stu Johnson reports from Frankfort.

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Moutain Stage Radio Preview
10:30 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Listen to Kathy Mattea, Shovels & Rope, Kathleen Edwards and More on Mountain Stage

Kathleen Edwards on Mountain Stage
Brian Blauser

Don't miss this weekend's special encore broadcast of Mountain Stage with our sweetheart, Kathy Mattea. The wonderful Kathleen Edwards will also be there, along with songwriting institution Kim Richey, Bonnie Bishop, and Americana darlings Shovels & Rope.

Listen on West Virginia Public Radio this Sunday at 2 pm, or on one of 130 public radio stations across America.

9:30 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Kathy Mattea - "Coal Tattoo" - Live from Mountain Stage

Kathy Mattea, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Kathy Mattea returns to Mountain Stage on this week's broadcast with 'Coal Tattoo,' written by fellow West Virginian Billy Edd Wheeler. Mattea has said she enjoys playing this song because it allows her band to "stretch out" on their instruments - especially her long-time guitarist and sideman Bill Cooley.

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1:01 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

The "Dissonant" Mozart

W.A. Mozart
Credit WikiCommons

Salieri: I was staring through the cage of those meticulous ink strokes - at an absolute beauty.

I can't say I've been on a Mozart kick, but some coincidences make me wonder.

The fabulous film, Amadeus, has been in my DVD player for a while. I marvel at the sheer virtuosity of its costumes, the sets, the magnificent acting of F. Murray Abraham who plays the burdened Salieri and of course, the storyline.

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
10:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Listen to Calexico, Camper Van Beethoven, Bonnie Prince Billy & More on Mountain Stage

Calexico, Live on Mountain Stage
Brian Blauser

This week's special encore episode of Mountain Stage features desert rockers Calexico, along with alternative trailblazers Camper Van Beethoven, Bonnie Prince Billy, Bahamas, and Piney Gir.

Listen on West Virginia Public Radio this Sunday at 2 pm, or on one of 130 public radio stations across America.

Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Calexico - "Splitter" - Live from Mountain Stage

Calexico, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Tuscon, Arizona-based band Calexico blend everything from surf guitar to spaghetti western themes into their own brand of desert rock. Their song "Splitter" appears on the band's latest record, Algiers.

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Happy New Hear!
6:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

We're Testing Out New Radio Programs on New Year's Day

We're trying something new for 2014. On New Year's Day, we're letting you hear some programs you may not have heard before -- at least not on West Virginia Public Radio.

We really want to hear which ones you like, and which ones you don't. Visit us on our Facebook page, tweet us, or e-mail us at

5:00 AM          The Moth Radio Hour

6:00 AM          State of the ReUnion: Hospitals

7:00 AM          Burn: The Energy Journal, Rising Seas

8:00 AM          The Unconventionals

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New Year's Eve Specials
2:34 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

WV Public Radio Looks Back on 2013

The state Capitol lit up for the Sesquicentennial celebration.
Credit West Virginia Department of Commerce

On New Year's Eve, it's natural to take a look back at the year that was -- and that's exactly what we're doing at West Virginia Public Radio.

Starting at 9 a.m., we're bringing you some of the best programs about West Virginia from 2013, including three great radio documentaries.

We've also got great music from Mountain Stage and Ed McDonald from Sidetracks.

Let us know what you think about these shows! Go to our Facebook page, tweet us or e-mail

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
10:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Listen to Richard Thompson, Rodney Crowell, John Mayall and More on This Week's Mountain Stage

Richard Thompson, live on Mountain Stage
Brian Blauser

This week's broadcast of Mountain Stage is a special episode taken from our 30-year archive of live performance radio. You'll hear from folk-rock master Richard Thompson, along with Nashville great Rodney Crowell, blues-rock pioneers John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Richard Bona and Olu Dara.

Tune in this Sunday at 2 pm on West Virginia Public Radio, or on over one of 130 across America.

Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Richard Thompson - "Turning of the Tide" - Live from Mountain Stage

Richard Thompson, live on Mountain Stage, 2001
Credit Brian Blauser

British folk rock master Richard Thompson appears on this week's special episode of Mountain Stage culled from our 30 year archive. Hear him perform "Turning the Tide," recorded April 22nd, 2001.

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16 Hours of Holiday Jazz
10:20 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Joy to the World All Christmas Day on WV Public Radio

Catherine Russell
Credit Brian Blauser

All Joy All Day Christmas -- Sixteen hours of holiday jazz music to unwrap your presents and enjoy with your family. Bob Thompson’s guests will include Dwight Lennox, Kim Nalley, Tom Lellis, Diane Marino, and others.

Here is the guest lineup:

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5:17 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

12 Days AFTER Christmas

What does one do with 7 swans a-swimming?
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The 12 Days of Christmas is a popular holiday song. But have you ever really thought about the gifts that person gave? What does one do with 7 swans a-swimming?

Actress and storyteller Karen Vuranch of Fayetteville believes she knows what a smart, resilient Appalachian woman would do with such gifts!

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Bonus Features
8:45 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Mountain Stage at 30: Songs From The Doc (Part One)

Credit Josh Saul / Mountain Stage

Probably--well, not probably, most definitely--the most fun part of producing a documentary on 30 years of Mountain Stage is getting to cull through the archives of 2,000 hours of live performance radio. It's daunting, humbling, and exciting all in one. There's music recorded on virtually every format: reel to reel, DAT, miniDisc--you name it--they've got it on that medium.

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Today at 2 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio
11:40 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Listen to the President's Press Conference

President Barack Obama

President Obama is expected to hold a news conference this afternoon from the White House before departing Washington for the holidays. He’s likely to discuss the economy, health care and the NSA among other topics. The White House has not yet confirmed the news conference or announced a time.

West Virginia Public Radio will carry the press conference live from NPR with anchored coverage of the event. Anchors will include Health Correspondent Julie Rovner, National Security Correspondent Larry Abramson and White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro.

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