Joni Deutsch

Host - A Change of Tune, Assistant Producer/Guest Host - Mountain Stage

Joni Deutsch was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, and graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in public relations and advertising. After learning the radio ropes at WLUR 91.5 FM in Lexington, Virginia, Joni returned to the Mountain State and joined the West Virginia Public Broadcasting family as the creator and host of the weekly indie/alternative music program A Change of Tune and the critically-acclaimed 30 Days of #WVmusic interview series. 

In June 2015, Joni became assistant producer for NPR Music’s live performance radio program Mountain Stage with Larry Groce and host of its #MS2Go podcast and 24-hour music stream. One year later, she became the program’s youngest (and first female) guest host, making her the youngest host of a nationally syndicated public radio program at the age of 24.

In addition to her radio production work, Joni also acted as lead coordinator for West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s NPR Generation Listen initiative, successfully connecting young listeners to public radio through engaging events throughout West Virginia. She also acted as digital producer and event lead for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and PRX’s Us & Them podcast.

Joni Deutsch’s strong communication skills and creative marketing style has led to features on NPR's Morning Edition & Weekend Edition, NPR Music, Current, Poynter, Nieman Lab, and more, as well as speaking engagements at major public media conferences across the nation. In 2015, the Charleston Gazette-Mail named Joni one of the people “making Charleston [West Virginia] even better." In 2016, she was named an Emerging Voice Scholar by the Alliance for Women in Media. And in 2017, she was named to the West Virginia State Journal’s “40 under 40” as a young professional working to make West Virginia a better place.

When she’s not making radio or pursuing her master’s in strategic communication from American University, she can usually be found at home with a good podcast, a hot cup of tea, and a shaggy Polish Lowland sheepdog by her side. 

Rebekah Call

"The space around you, the space between notes, the space between people in a relationship… that’s all explorable. The chords aren’t as powerful without the space in-between."

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"All-ages punk music scenes were my gateway into this whole thing."

Ginger Willis

"Expect to lose money, but don't let it deter you. If you are just starting out, don't expect some big pay day. You will pay out more than you take in."

Joel Prince

"I want to help push all music, be a part of all music. I never want to be in a box."

Lori Kilgore Miller

"We never set out to be that band that plays three hours of just [covers]. We wanted to have our own sound. I think we’re on that track."

"If I ever need humbled, I can remember that I live in the same town that Vince Gill does [laughing]. If I ever feel like, 'Oh man, I’m really sounding good on guitar,' I can just remember that I’m probably not even the best guitar player on the block."

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Singing-dancing-acting duo Nancy And Beth (aka actresses Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt) make their Mountain Stage debut in grand style on this week's broadcast. While you'll have to wait to hear their cover of Gucci Mane's "I Don't Love Her" on the Mountain Stage podcast, you'll be able to hear their heartstring-pulling take on "Waiting for My Child" (as originally performed by The Consolers, Mavis Staples and Patty Griffin).

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Prodigiously talented musician Sarah Jarosz returns to Mountain Stage this week with songs from her new album Undercurrent. Here she performs "House of Mercy" on a show that also features Robbie Fulks, Over the Rhine, The Black Lillies and Steve Forbert.

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One of the best break-out Americana acts out of the Keystone State, Pennsylvania trio The Stray Birds return to the Mountain Stage with this radio-ready performance of their new tune "Radio." Catch it on over 200+ NPR stations during this week's all-new Mountain Stage broadcast.

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"A voice that's part Memphis, part Chicago and all woman," Shemekia Copeland returns to the Mountain Stage with a fiery performance of "The Battle is Over (But the War Goes On). Catch it on over 200+ NPR stations during this week's all-new Mountain Stage broadcast.

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Claire Lynch is an accomplished country artist. Just ask Dolly Parton, who credits Lynch with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today."

Backed by her award-winning acoustic ensemble, she offers a thoughtful reinterpretation of Dave Francey's "Empty Train" on this week's all-new Mountain Stage broadcast.

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No stranger to the Mountain Stage, acclaimed singer-songwriter and West Virginia native Tim O'Brien makes his returns to the program with a set of songs from the Mountain State, including this cover of Larry Groce's own "When the Mist Clears Away," which you can also hear during this week's broadcast.

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Warren Zevon was a beloved cult hero in the world of rock music. Born in Chicago but raised on the West Coast, Zevon began his music career as a classical piano student before broadening his admiration of Stravinsky to The Everly Brothers and other folk and pop icons.

Zevon’s stoic vocals and gallows songwriting led to critical acclaim and popular success, eventually leading to his 1978 hit “Werewolves of London.” Although he could certainly be “Mr. Bad Example,” Zevon was an artist’s artist, one that we were proud to welcome twice to the Mountain Stage

Rose Cousins
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In 2007, Canadian artist Rose Cousins was chosen as one of five co-winners in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest for performing songwriters. A decade (and a couple Mountain Stage performances) later, the Juno award-winning singer-songwriter returned to NPR's Mountain Stage with songs from her new record Natural Conclusion.

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Last summerJoni Deutsch's 30 Days of #WVmusic series celebrated the minds and music shaping the new culture of West Virginia.

We heard from poster makers to festival creatorsR&B folkers to venue owners from the Northern Panhandle down to the Southern Coalfields.

The series amplified West Virginia's music scene to national media outlets like NPR Music and Poynter, all while forging life-long musical friendships and collaborations within our own state.

This summer, we hope to do it all over again with 30 brand new features packed into 30 days, but we need YOUR help.

Judith Owen
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If Judith Owen had not gone off to become a powerhouse singer-songwriter, she could have easily become a full-time humorist with her sharp wit and self-deprecating charm.

For her fourth appearance on Mountain Stage, the Welsh chanteuse is joined by Brazilian percussionist Pedro Segundo and the legendary bassist Leland Sklar for a performance of "We Give In," which you can also hear during this week's broadcast.

Ruthie Foster
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Last February saw the return of three-time Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster to NPR's Mountain Stage, who was celebrating her new blues/soul/gospel release, Joy Comes Back.

Margo Price
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Country's next superstar, critically-acclaimed Nashville singer-songwriter Margo Price performs "Hurtin' (on the Bottle)" on this week's brand new broadcast of Mountain Stage

Pokey LaFarge
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"An aural anachronism of country, Western swing, ragtime, jazz, bluegrass and Americana [that] brings the nostalgia to Technicolor-life," critically-acclaimed Mid-Westerner Pokey LaFarge performs a rollicking "Hard Times Come and Go" during his four appearance on Mountain Stage with special guest host Todd Burge. 

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On this week's brand new Mountain Stage broadcast, critically-acclaimed "one-man orchestra of the imagination" Andrew Bird stops by with a set full of classically-trained folk-pop (not to mention some A+ whistling).

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