Mountain Stage Spring Lineup Includes Guest Host Kathy Mattea, Lee Ann Womack, M. Ward, more

Jan 12, 2018

Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce has added four new shows to its Spring live schedule, with all dates on sale now exclusively to Mountain Stage Members.

Mountain Stage Members make a recurring gift of $10 per month or more to the program and receive seven days of exclusive online pre-sale access to all Mountain Stage live shows at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston. Current members should check their e-mail for the access code.

Find out how to become a member here.

Tickets for all three March shows are only $20 each, in advance, $35 if available Day of Show, and our members receive an additional $5 off tickets to the March shows.

All tickets are general admission and will be on sale to the general public on Friday January 19 at 10a.m., available at MountainStage.org, Taylor Books in downtown, Charleston or by phone at 877.987.6487.

Mountain Stage is pleased to welcome Grammy winner, and West Virginia native, Kathy Mattea as its next special guest-host.  Mattea will fill in for Larry Groce when the show records episode #917 on Sunday, March 4 at the Culture Center Theater.

Mattea has been a long-time friend of Mountain Stage, appearing on the show 24 times since 1985. Mattea’s career includes four #1 Billboard Country songs, two CMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards, and two Grammys. She was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2011. The first guest artist scheduled to appear March 4 is the Seamus Egan Project, the latest collaborative outfit from Solas founding member and influential traditional Irish musician Seamus Eagan. Solas has  made nine appearances on Mountain Stage since 1995.

On Sunday March 18 Larry Groce will return as Mountain Stage brings music from abroad to the Mountain State. Tal National, a group of rockers from West Africa returning to the US to support their upcoming album “Tantabara” will join us for the first time. More international flare on March 18 will be provided by Calan, an exciting group of five young traditional Welsh musicians. Their unique instrumentation blends fiddles, whistles, guitar and bagpipes with an award-winning champion clogger. The group wowed the audience at a  FOOTMAD concert last October and Mountain Stage is excited to welcome them back to West Virginia.

Sunday March 25 will welcome Lee Ann Womack, one of the most distinct and admired voices in Americana Music, for her second appearance on Mountain Stage. Womack’s latest is “The Lonley, The Lonesome & The Gone” which Rolling Stone Country named one of the 40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2017. Also scheduled to appear is Inara George, whose varied “extracurricular activities” include work with Foo Fighters, Jason Mraz, Van Dyke Parks, Mandy Moore and many others. Her solo output continues to grow with her fourth album “Dearest Everybody,” due for release on January 19. Listen to “Release Me” via the Bluegrass Situation, and pre-order “Dearest Everybody” via Amazon.

Finally, on Sunday April 15 we welcome singer-songwriter, producer and in-demand collaborator M. Ward to Mountain Stage for the first time. M. Ward released his eighth album “More Rain” on Merge records in 2016, which Jason Heller at NPR called “more of a mood piece, an overcast state of mind translated into easygoing melody and an underpinning of dusty Americana and late-'60s/early-'70s AM radio.”

Tickets for April 15 are $30 in advance and $35 day of show, available online now to Mountain Stage Members and via all outlets on Friday January 19 at 10a.m.

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View the entire live show schedule, mark your calendars, and request a travel guide from Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia, and make plans to join us to see what Spring Fever is like in #AlmostHeaven.