Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

Fridays 8-10 pm, Saturdays 8-10 pm

Now in its 31st season, 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 the Voice of America, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is the longest running two-hour live-performance radio show of its kind. Each 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.

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Mountain Stage News
2:06 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Get Your Mountain Stage Merchandise and Gifts Wednesday and Thursday

Mountain Stage is hosting a holiday pop-up shop this Wednesday and Thursday  from 11am - 6pm at 600 Capitol Street in Charleston. Please feel free to stop by to say hello and pick up gifts, music, merchandise, and holiday cheer for the public radio fanatic or music lover in your life. We will be accepting Visa, Mastercard and cash. Tell your pals!

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
12:23 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Hear Holly Williams, Live on Mountain Stage

Holly Williams on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Holly Williams’ lineage is bonafide country royalty: her father is Hank Jr. and her grandfather is Hank Sr. But as a singer-songwriter, her voice is all her own, as you'll hear in the song "Drinkin'," from her acclaimed album The Highway.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Hear Catherine Russell Play "Aged and Mellow" Live on Mountain Stage

Catherine Russell, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

It's not stretch to call Catherine Russell one of the most respected and versatile singers working today. Blessed with a voice that doesn't confine her to a single genre, she worked with everyone from Paul Simon to David Bowie and Dolly Parton. But jazz is what she does best - here she performs "Aged and Mellow," live from this week's premiere broadcast.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
6:15 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Hear Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn Play "What'cha Gonna Do" Live on Mountain Stage

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

First Family of the Banjo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn return to Mountain Stage this week, with songs from the first album they've recorded together as a duo. Over a bed of intertwined banjos, Abigail takes the lead on a song Bela wrote, lyrics and all, "What'cha Gonna Do?"

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:18 am
Tue November 25, 2014

The Traveling McCourys With Keller Williams - "Price Tag" - Live from Mountain Stage

The Traveling McCourys featuring Keller Williams - Live from Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

This week's special Thanksgiving weekend broadcast of Mountain Stage features a performance by bluegrass icons the Traveling McCourys, who are joined onstage by acoustic music hero Keller Williams. When playing together, they're known to explore sounds ranging from the traditional to jazz and jamband, along with covers of well-known pop songs. Here they perform Jessie J's hit "Price Tag," recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
3:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Hear Chip Taylor Play "Big River" Live on Mountain Stage

Chip Taylor, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Singer, songwriter, golf pro, and nationally recognized horse race handicapper Chip Taylor may be the actual Most Interesting Man in the World. While he's written hits like "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning," one of his best known solo albums was his country-influenced "This Side of the Big River," which featured a cover of the famous Johnny Cash tune of the same name. He performs it live on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Hear Shovels & Rope Play "Evil," Live on Mountain Stage

Shovels and Rope, Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope return to this week’s broadcast of Mountain Stage with songs from their latest album, Swimmin’ Time. Here they perform the song “Evil,” which showcases their passionate harmonies and uncharacteristically dark lyrics.

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Disney Music Memories
3:50 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Larry Groce: How a Junk Food Junkie Became a Mouseketeer

Mountain Stage host Larry Groce holding his platinum records for Disney's Children's Favorite Songs.
Credit Josh Saul

Since this week's A Change of Tune is dedicated to indie/alternative takes on Disney music, it would only make sense to chat with West Virginia Public Radio's very own Mouseketeer, Larry Groce. His contributions to records like Disney's Children's Favorite Songs ​and Disney's Christmas Favorites were understated (you'll never see his smiling, bearded face on a record cover) but impactful (millennials know how "Froggie Went A-Courtin'," thanks to Larry).

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
4:23 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Hear Jill Barber Perform "Broken for Good" Live from Mountain Stage

Jill Barber, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

While Canadian singer-songwriter Jill Barber’s smoky, soulful voice has made her an alt-cabaret favorite on Canada's folk scene, she’s also known for penning songs with timeless hooks and melodies. Here she performs “Broken for Good,” from this week’s premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
2:22 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Hear Judith Owen Perform "Blackbird" Live on Mountain Stage

Judith Owen Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

It's been said that singer, songwriter and performer Judith Owen displays the depth of Carole King with the European flair of Annie Lennox. Her latest album, Ebb & Flow pays tribute to artists  who inspired her, like Carole King, along with James Taylor and the Beatles. Here she performs the McCartney standard "Blackbird," backed by legendary session bass player Leland Sklar.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
5:10 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Hear Chris Smither Play "Get a Better One" Live on Mountain Stage

Chris Smither, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

An undisputed master of acoustic blues guitar,  Chris Smither's  songwriting often draws on the influences of poets, folk singers, philosophers and humorists. Now in his 5th decade of making music, Smither made his 13th appearance on Mountain Stage this year, when the show visited the lakeside town of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Here he performs "Get a Better One," recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:49 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Hear Dave Bing & Ben Townsend Play "Red Mountain Wine" Live on Mountain Stage

Dave Bing and Ben Townsend live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Roane County, West Virginia native Dave Bing is a veteran fiddle teacher and musician, with decades and performing throughout the United States and abroad. He's backed here by fellow West Virginian Ben Townsend (of beloved stringband The Fox Hunt) on banjo and vocals for "Red Mountain Wine."

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:23 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Hear Martina McBride Perform "My Babe" Live on Mountain Stage

Martina McBride, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Although she's a bona fide country music superstar, on this week's episode of Mountain Stage, Martina McBride explores her rhythm and blues side. Backed her 11 member road band, which includes a 4 piece horn section, Martina McBride performs the Willie Dixon-penned Little Walter classic, "My Babe."

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
4:18 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Hear Umphrey's McGee Play "Comma Later" on Mountain Stage

Umphrey's McGee, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Whether you call it progressive rock, progressive improvisation or "improg," the force of Umphrey's McGee's musicianship cannot be denied. On any give night they can be found performing for thousands of screaming fans, but on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, they deliver a special performance for a sold-out crowd of 400. Here they are performing "Comma Later," live in Charleston.

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Radio
7:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Mountain Stage Announces Two More Live Shows

St. Paul & The Broken Bones appear at a live Mountain Stage show November 23 at the Culture Center Theater.
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“Mountain Stag w/ Larry Groce”  has announced two more live performances scheduled before the end of 2014. Tickets for both events will be for sale Friday, October 3 at 8am, and will be made available at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston, by phone at 800.594.TIXX(8499), online via MountainStage.org and also at the upcoming live shows starting October 5.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Hear Rosanne Cash Play "A Feather's Not a Bird," Live on Mountain Stage

Rosanne Cash, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Rosanne Cash's song "A Feather's Not a Bird" comes from her latest album, "River and the Thread," which was inspired a recent trip she took through the American deep south. She performs the song live on Mountain Stage, backed by her partner in life and music, guitarist and producer John Leventhal.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
12:05 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Hear Jason Isbell Play "Cover Me Up" Live on Mountain Stage

Jason Isbell performs "Cover Me Up," Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Jason Isbell took home top honors last night at the 2014 American Music Association's awards ceremony in Nashville; winning  Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for "Cover Me Up." Isbell perfomed "Cover Me Up" when he visited Mountain Stage last year, backed by his wife Amanda Shires on violin.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
3:37 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Hear Paul Thorn Play "What the Hell is Going On?," Live on Mountain Stage

Paul Thorn on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

With his trademark humor and razor-sharp insight, singer-songwriter Paul Thorn asks a question about the state of the world today as only he can: "What the Hell is Going On?"

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Hear Twin Forks Play "Kiss Me Darling" Live from Mountain Stage

Twin Forks, live on NPR's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce
Credit Brian Blauser

After nearly  two decades fronting iconic emo band Dashboard Confessional, Chris Carrabba has formed the heavily pop-influenced acoustic quartet Twin Forks. Here they perform "Kiss Me Darling," from their self-titled debut.

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
9:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Tune in This Saturday for Patty Griffin, The Head and the Heart, and More on Mountain Stage

Patty Griffin, live on Mountain Stage
Josh Saul

Mountain Stage returns to your radio this weekend with the first premiere broadcast of our fall season. You'll hear from singer-songwriter Patty Griffin, with songs from her long-unreleased classic Silver Bell. 90's hitmakers Toad the Wet Sprocket play some of their best-know songs (including "All I Want" and "Walk on the Ocean") and a few new classics. Indie acoustic darlings The Head and The Heart make their first Mountain Stage appearance, along with newcomer and instant crowd favorite Parker Millsap.

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