Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

Fridays 8-10 pm, Saturdays 8-10 pm

For more than 30 years Mountain Stage has been giving radio audiences the best seat in the house for some of the world's most renowned performers. Distributed by NPR Music and produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is the longest running live-performance radio show of its kind. Each two-hour show features five guest artists performing live in front of an audience with studio quality audio. Showcasing talent from all over the world and in virtually every style of music, Mountain Stage has played host to world-class musicians and songwriters while consistently turning audiences on to new music. Our Podcast features songs not heard on the radio broadcast and featured sets are posted at NPR.org/mountainstage.

Mountain Stage is busy planning our Summer schedule. We announced two August road shows on Monday- On Saturday, August 11 we return to the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, and Sunday, August 19 we’ll be at the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta, OH.

Now we’re rolling out two July shows, both on sale to our members today!

There's still time to get your tickets to be in the audience for this Sunday's Mountain Stage featuring Chuck Prophet, Kim Richey, Ona, Sidi Toure and Che Apalche. But if you're not in the area, you can now join us from anywhere with an internet connection thanks to VuHaus and the WVPB Video Production department.

Ranky Tanky are a South Carolina based band that specializes in "Gullah" music- a style born out of the coastal region and influenced by West African traditions. Here's the band's take on the American folk song, "O Death," for our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

Alysse Gafkjen

On Sunday June 24 Mountain Stage will once again be a part of FestivALL Charleston, the city-wide celebration of the arts in our hometown of Charleston, WV. Iconic songwriters Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Vermont’s emerging soul-music star Kat Wright, have already been announced. Today we’re adding the next round of artists, and our next guest-host.

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This week's Song of the Week is from Kenny White, a highly regarded session musician, producer, songwriter and pianist.

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This week's episode of Mountain Stage features past performances from the show's archive by Grammy award nominees and winners. Our Song of the Week is "Forget About It," which comes from Alison Krauss and Union Station's 2005 performance on Mountain Stage.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Patti Smith and her family returned to West Virginia in February 2018 to accept the posthumous induction of her husband Fred "Sonic" Smith into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

Joan Osborne live on Mountain Stage
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Singer Joan Osborne has made eight appearances on Mountain Stage. In her most recent performance, she brought songs from her new collection called "Songs of Bob Dylan."

Due to travel conditions Lee Ann Womack will be unable to appear at Mountain Stage as scheduled on Sunday, March 25. We are rescheduling for Sunday, June 3 at the Culture Center Theater.

Ticket holders may choose to attend the show tonight, featuring James McMurtry, Inara George, John Moreland and The Low Anthem, or redeem/transfer their March 25 tickets to the June 3 show.


UPDATE: Due to travel conditions Lee Ann Womack will be unable to appear as advertised on March 25. We hope to reschedule another date as soon as possible. This post was edited to reflect these changes Sunday morning March, 25.

The lineup for Sunday's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is going to be an Americana honors class that embraces our diverse love of music here in Charleston, W.V.  We'll welcome James McMurtry, The Low Anthem, Inara George and John Moreland.

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Poet, performer, visual artist and rock-and-roll icon Patti Smith joins us on this week's broadcast.

Here she performs "People Have The Power," the driving anthem co-written with her husband Fred "Sonic" Smith, a native of Lincoln County, WV who was posthumously inducted into the WV Music Hall of Fame the evening prior to this performance.

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is pleased to be a part of this summer's FestivALL Charleston, the city-wide arts and entertainment festival that turns our hometown of Charleston, WV into a work of art.

Dailey & Vincent's song "More Than a Name On the Wall" is what Larry Groce calls "one of the most patriotic songs ever performed on Mountain Stage." A beloved favorite for long time fans of Dailey & Vincent, "More Than a Name On The Wall" is for those who have lost loved ones who "died for God and Country in a place so far away." 

Tickets are on sale now for Sunday April 8 when Mountain Stage with Larry Groce makes its first trip to Radford University, in Radford, VA.

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Our Song of the Week is "Southern Gothic," the title track of a new release by Tyminski. The album is an artistic departure from a new group led by bluegrass mainstay Dan Tyminski, which incorporates drum loops and electronics for a modernized roots sound.

The group debuted new material from the album in Morgantown this past January.

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Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, the long-running live event and radio program produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR Music, was recognized with the Governor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement at a ceremony held at the Culture Center Theater Wednesday, March 7.

After making 19 appearances as a guest-artist on Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, West Virgina's own country music royalty Kathy Mattea steps up to host the show this Sunday in Charleston, WV. Mattea will welcome performances from Seamus Egan Project, Cheryl Wheeler, Sam Baker, The Mulligan Brothers and Kenny White.

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is adding to an already packed schedule of live performances in Charleston, WV with the addition of Sunday May 13 at the Culture Center Theater. Tickets are on sale now to Mountain Stage Members. Public on sale will be Friday March 9 at 10a.m.

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Indie-rock band The Mountain Goats have produced 16 studio albums, including their most recent called "Goths." On this week's Mountain Stage the group helps celebrate 34 years of live performance radio as they make their second appearance on the show.

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 fourth appearance on Mountain Stage with special guest host Todd Burge. 

Mark Seliger

This Sunday, February 25 Mountain Stage is hosting a four-act show in Charleston, WV at the Culture Center Theater. Tickets are still available.

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

This Sunday you can watch along live as Mountain Stage hosts a sold-out show at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV featuring Patti Smith & Family, Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, Van William, Robbie Fulks and a special tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens featuring Tim O’Brien, Charlie McCoy and Friends.

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On this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage, West Virginia super pickers Johnny Staats & Robert Shafer return with a new self-released record in tow titled Music from the Mountains, featuring this upbeat performance titled "El Cumbanchero." 

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Mountain Stage has a long history of presenting championship-worthy line-ups on Super Bowl Sunday. With this weekend’s big game around the corner, we thought we’d share a few sets that were recorded while much of the country was loading up on wings and lil' smokies. 

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Piers Faccini is an English singer-songwriter with Anglo-Italian and Jewish roots who currently resides in Southern France. His music is just as storied as his past, blending folk, acoustic blues, and West African textures into his sound. For his Mountain Stage debut, he performs an even more colorful rendition of "Cloak of Blue" during this week's broadcast.

Sam Beam, Iron & Wine
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An ear for cinematic folk music, critically-acclaimed singer Iron & Wine performs "We Two are a Moon" during his Mountain Stage debut from the show's 33rd anniversary celebration.

Mountain Stage Archive

 The passing of Hugh Masekela at the age of 78 reminds us here at Mountain Stage of his two powerful performances on the show in 1989 and 1994.  

Ferial

Advance tickets for February 11 have sold out as of Wednesday January 31. Patti Smith and Family will be performing Saturday February 10 at the WV Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, with many others including Southern Culture On the Skids, Jerry Douglas and more. Tickets and more information can be found here.

Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce has been named a Best WV Attraction in the 10Best Readers' Choice Awards by USA Today.

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