Turkey and post-turkey naps aside, Thanksgiving is really about spending time with loved ones. With that in mind, this week's "Mountain Stage After Midnight" showcases friends and kin coming together for the sake of great music. 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 that'll alternate order each night.
Put down the gravy and turn on the radio for great tunes this Saturday November 29 and Sunday November 30 on “Mountain Stage After Midnight."
First is an April 2012 show from the Keith Albee Theater in Huntington, West Virginia, featuring folk rock band Delta Rae, Huntington native-turned-Broadway star-turned-folk singer Michael Cerveris, blues rocker Paul Thorn and folky-family band Arlo Guthrie & Boys Night Out.
Thanksgiving Fact #1: Arlo Guthrie's 1967 hit "Alice's Restaurant" was based on an actual restaurant run by Alice who would throw Thanksgiving dinners for her patrons.
Next up is a Mary 2013 show with husband-and-wife duo Marti Jones & Don Dixon, Bronx singer-songwriter Ari Hest, Americana crooner Aoife O'Donovan and legendary singers and longtime friends Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin.
Thanksgiving Fact #2: In 2008, Mary Chapin Carpenter released a holiday record titled "Come Darkness, Come Light," which featured a "Thanksgiving Song."
Since you're on Thanksgiving break, why not check out Mountain Stage's new website? You can also scroll through show posts on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram, not to mention binge-listen on past shows with The Mountain Stage Podcast.