Mountain Stage's Favorite Performances of 2016

Dec 12, 2016

2016 was a big year for NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage. We celebrated 33 years of live performance radio, commemorated the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s legendary set, and listened to the voices of two new guest hosts

And across seven venues in four states, we recorded over 120 live sets that showcased the best and brightest musicians in the world today. Along the way, we video streamed eight of our shows through VuHaus and made some new #gotowv friends along the way (with posters and glass records in tow!).  Of course, none of this would have happened without your support.

Before we embark on another musical year around the sun, Larry Groce and the Mountain Stage crew have picked out 33 performances that deserve another listen and another round of applause. From A to Z, these are our favorite Mountain Stage performances of 2016. (Hint: click the Episode # for their Mountain Stage podcast episode, where available.)

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Aoife O’Donovan – In the Magic Hour (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on October 30, 2016 – Episode #883)

Aoife O'Donovan on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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Billy Bragg & Joe Henry – Gentle On My Mind (Byham Theater in Pittsburgh, PA on September 25, 2016 with WYEP & Pittsburgh Cultural Trust – Episode #879)

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

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Bottle Rockets – Dog (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on March 20, 2016 – Episode #866)

Bottle Rockets on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

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Brett Dennen – Cassidy (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on May 8, 2016 – Episode #870)

Brett Dennen on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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Cheryl Wheeler – Estate Sale (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on July 24, 2016 – Episode #874)

Cheryl Wheeler on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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Chris Smither – Leave the Light On (Byham Theater in Pittsburgh, PA on September 25, 2016 with WYEP & Pittsburgh Cultural Trust – Episode #879)

Chris Smither on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

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Darrell Scott – Desperados Waiting for a Train (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on May 22, 2016 – Episode #871)

Darrell Scott on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

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Foy Vance – Ziggy Looked Me In The Eye (Clay Center in Charleston, WV on October 16, 2016 – Episode #881)

Foy Vance on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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Hayes Carll – Sake of the Song (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on May 22, 2016 – Episode #871)

Hayes Carll on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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Indigo Girls – Shame on You (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on September 18, 2016 – Episode #878)

Indigo Girls on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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Iron & Wine – We Two are Moon (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on December 4, 2016 – Episode #885)

Iron & Wine on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester – Down the Road (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on July 24, 2016 – Episode #874)

Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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John Paul White – Once and Future Queen (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on November 20, 2016 – Episode #884)

John Paul White on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

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Judy Collins with Ari Hest – I Choose Love (West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV on April 17, 2016 – Episode #868)

Judy Collins with Ari Hest on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/MountainStage

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Lake Street Dive – Call Off Your Dogs (Clay Center in Charleston, WV on June 5, 2016 – Episode #872)

Lake Street Dive on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

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Lucius – I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on June 26, 2016 – Episode #873)

Lucius on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

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Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on June 26, 2016 – Episode #873)

Margaret Glaspy on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

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Mike Cooley – Made Up English Oceans (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on March 20, 2016 – Episode #866)

Mike Cooley on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

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Ona – Sleep, Rinse, Repeat (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on February 21, 2016 – Episode #864)

Ona on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/MountainStage

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Overcoats – Smaller Than My Mother (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on February 21, 2016 – Episode #864)

Overcoats on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/MountainStage

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Rhiannon Giddens – At the Purchaser’s Option (Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV on August 13, 2016 – Episode #876)

Rhiannon Giddens on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

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Robbie Fulks – Aunt Peg’s Old Man (University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY on April 3, 2016, with WUKY – Episode #867)

Robbie Fulks on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

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Robert Ellis – California (Byham Theater in Pittsburgh, PA on September 25, 2016 with WYEP & Pittsburgh Cultural Trust – Episode #879)

Robert Ellis on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

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Sarah Jarosz – House of Mercy (University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY on April 3, 2016 with WUKY – Episode #867)

Sarah Jarosz on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

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Steve Poltz – Folksinger (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on May 1, 2016 – Episode #869)

Steve Poltz on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/MountainStage

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Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche – Bleeker Street (Clay Center in Charleston, WV on June 5, 2016 – Episode #872)

Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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The Wood Brothers – Never and Always (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on May 1, 2016 – Episode #869)

The Wood Brothers on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/MountainStage

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Tift Merritt – Heartache is an Uphill Climb (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on December 4, 2016 – Episode #885)

Tift Merritt on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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Todd Burge – Time to Waste Time (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on December 4, 2016 – Episode #885)

Todd Burge on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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Todd Snider – Stuck on the Corner (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on October 23, 2016 – Episode #882)

Todd Snider on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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Wilco – Space Oddity (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on February 14, 2016 – Episode #863)

Wilco on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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William Matheny – Living Half to Death (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on June 26, 2016 – Episode #873)

William Matheny on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul/Mountain Stage

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Wynonna & the Big Noise – These Are The Things That I Lean On (Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV on September 18, 2016 – Episode #878)

Wynonna & the Big Noise on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage