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.

Brian Blauser

We hope you can tune in to this weekend's special encore broadcast of Mountain Stage, featuring the First Family of the Banjo, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn. The Stray Birds are also there, along with Houndmouth, Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips, and award winning bluegrass band The SteelDrivers.

Listen this Sunday at 2pm on West Virginia Public Radio, or on one of 130 stations across America.

Brian Blauser

Partners in life and music, world-renowned banjo players Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn began playing their first series of shows together just last year. Abigail joked that they were appearing on Mountain Stage as a trio, as she was 7 months pregnant at the time of their performance. Only a few weeks later, the couple finally welcomed baby Juno Fleck into the world. Their set begins with this song, "City of Refuge."

Brian Blauser

Mountain Stage returns to your dial this weekend with an episode featuring one of America's finest, funniest, and poignant songwriters, Loudon Wainwright III. Hitmaker Paula Cole performs her most beloved songs, along with a few new tunes. You'll also hear from The Overmountain Men, Paleface, and The Sea The Sea, which includes singer-songwriter Mira Stanley, who practically grew up backstage at Mountain Stage alongside her father Ron Sowell.

Mountain Stage returns to West Virginia University's Creative Arts Center in Morgantown this Sunday with world music superstar Angelique Kidjo, Valerie June, The Julian Lage Trio, and Damon Flower.  Tickets for this show are still available at 304.293.SHOW, ticketmaster.com, and in person at the CAC Box Office.

It's our first show in Morgantown of 2014! We hope to see you there.

Brian Blauser

The Sea The Sea are Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa. Now based out of New York, the duo have serious West Virginia roots - Mira spent much of her youth backstage alongside her father, Mountain Stage band leader Ron Sowell. Their song "Watertreader" appears on their new album, which they recorded with renowned producer and longtime-Ani DiFranco sideman Todd Sickafoose.

Larry Groce remembers Dave Van Ronk, who appeared on Mountain Stage in 1995:

“In the early sixties, pretty much every serious aspiring folkie with a thumb pick and four chords knew of Dave Van Ronk, even if they’d never heard him. As the age of singer-songwriters took shape with Bleeker and McDougal its mythical epicenter, Van Ronk was the burly, growly bohemian who always seemed to be in the mix - even if you were hearing about him third hand far from NYC.

Mountain Stage has had some spectacular live shows on Super Bowl Sunday over the years, and dare we say that 2014 is no exception. Rising Americana star Justin Townes Earle will be joining us, along with folk institution John Gorka. Elizabeth & The Catapult make their second appearance on the show, and you'll also hear sets from Nellie McKay and Wesley Stace (who you may also know as John Wesley Harding).

Brian Blauser

We hope you can listen to this week's special encore broadcast of Mountain Stage, featuring guitar master Robben Ford. Incendiary retro-rockers Vintage Trouble will also be there, along with singer-songwriters Steve Forbert and Mieka Pauley; and indie rockers Milo Greene kick of the show.

Listen on West Virginia Public Radio this Sunday at 2 pm, or on one of 130 public radio stations across America.

Brian Blauser

Widely regarded as one of America's finest blues and rock guitarists, Robben Ford has collaborated with everyone from Joni Mitchell and Miles Davis to KISS. For his latest solo release, Bringing It On Home, Ford brought things back to basics by using only a single guitar. He kicks off his Mountain Stage set with this song, declaring that from now on, "Every Thing I Do Gonna Be Funky."

Josh Saul

We hope you can tune in this weekend to the special encore broadcast of Mountain Stage featuring western swing standard-bearers Asleep at the Wheel, along with summer festival favorites Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, and white-hot Irish acoustic group Lunasa, songwriter Kate Campbell, and Brooklyn-based stringband The Down Hill Strugglers.

Asleep at the Wheel
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Legendary Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel have been performing for more than 40 years. Here's a live staple, most recently recorded by the band with Willie Nelson,  called "Hesitation Blues," from the band's eighth appearance on "Mountain Stage."

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
Brian Blauser

  Two of roots music's very finest, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, team up on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage. Here the perform a vamped-up version of "The Train That Carried My Gal from Town," originally made famous by Logan County native Frank Hutchison.

Find out more about all the great artists on this week's Mountain Stage broadcast.

Brian Blauser

This week's episode of Mountain Stage features country-music sounds of various sources, headlined by  hit-makers Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale. The songwriting partners and Sirius XM co-hosts play songs from their acclaimed 2013 release "Buddy & Jim." Also appearing are Abigail & Lilly, The Chapin Sisters, Canadian rancher Corb Lund, Nashville based new-age outlaw Sturgill Simpson and WV-based honky tonk group Blue Yonder (Robert Shafer, John Lilly & Will Carter).

Brian Blauser

Don't miss this weekend's special encore broadcast of Mountain Stage with our sweetheart, Kathy Mattea. The wonderful Kathleen Edwards will also be there, along with songwriting institution Kim Richey, Bonnie Bishop, and Americana darlings Shovels & Rope.

Listen on West Virginia Public Radio this Sunday at 2 pm, or on one of 130 public radio stations across America.

Brian Blauser

Kathy Mattea returns to Mountain Stage on this week's broadcast with 'Coal Tattoo,' written by fellow West Virginian Billy Edd Wheeler. Mattea has said she enjoys playing this song because it allows her band to "stretch out" on their instruments - especially her long-time guitarist and sideman Bill Cooley.

Brian Blauser

This week's special encore episode of Mountain Stage features desert rockers Calexico, along with alternative trailblazers Camper Van Beethoven, Bonnie Prince Billy, Bahamas, and Piney Gir.

Listen on West Virginia Public Radio this Sunday at 2 pm, or on one of 130 public radio stations across America.

Josh Saul

Tuscon, Arizona-based band Calexico blend everything from surf guitar to spaghetti western themes into their own brand of desert rock. Their song "Splitter" appears on the band's latest record, Algiers.

Brian Blauser

This week's broadcast of Mountain Stage is a special episode taken from our 30-year archive of live performance radio. You'll hear from folk-rock master Richard Thompson, along with Nashville great Rodney Crowell, blues-rock pioneers John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Richard Bona and Olu Dara.

Tune in this Sunday at 2 pm on West Virginia Public Radio, or on over one of 130 across America.

Brian Blauser

British folk rock master Richard Thompson appears on this week's special episode of Mountain Stage culled from our 30 year archive. Hear him perform "Turning the Tide," recorded April 22nd, 2001.

Brian Blauser

Keeping with the spirit of giving, we have a special bonus Song of the Week from our upcoming broadcast. Rhett Miller of the Old 97's teams up with alt stringband Black Prairie to cover the Woody Guthrie-penned "California Stars," from Wilco's Mermaid Avenue project.

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