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

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

Brian Blauser

This week's special encore broadcast of Mountain Stage features a performance by Americana stalwart Robert Earl Keen, along with his longtime road band. Rhett Miller (of the Old 97's) will also be there, along with Black Prairie, who join Miller on stage for a few songs before bringing the crowd to their feet with a cover of Led Zeplin's "The Song Remains the Same." And you'll also hear an intense solo set from soulful singer-songwriter Shelby Lynn.

Brian Blauser

Americana stalwart Robert Earl Keen kicked off the 30th season of Mountain Stage last year with his song "Who Do Man." This also marked Keen's tenth appearance on the show.

Brian Blauser

We hope you can tune in this weekend for another all-new episode of Mountain Stage with bluegrass phenoms The Steep Canyon Rangers, west African guitarslinger Vieux Farka Toure, Australian stringband The Greencards, alt-country pioneer Robbie Fulks, and Minnesota-based singer-songwriter Mason Jennings

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

Brian Blauser

Bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers appear on this week's premier broadcast of Mountain Stage, fresh off their Grammy award-winning collaborations with Steve Martin. Here they perform the title track from their latest album, "Tell The Ones I Love."

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This week's all new episode of Mountain Stage was recorded on the campus of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. You'll hear a set from roots music superduo Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott. You'll also hear bluegrass and indie folk darling Sarah Jarosz make her first appearance on Mountain Stage, along with sets from two of today's most remarkable string bands: The Deadly Gentlemen and Old Man Luedecke.

Josh Saul

Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott are two of roots music's most formidable singer-songwriters in their own right, but when they join forces, the results are nothing less than spectacular. Here they perform "It All Comes Down to Love," from their latest collaboration, Memories and Moments.

Brian Blauser

We hope you can listen to this week's all new episode of Mountain Stage, with singer-songwriter Brett Dennen, Joy Kills Sorrow, The James Hunter Six, The Bobs and Dominique Pruitt. Tune in this Sunday at 2 pm on West Virginia Public Radio, or on one of over 130 stations across America.

Josh Saul

Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen was so beloved by the audience in Charleston that he was asked to perform an encore at the end of his set - a Mountain Stage rarity. Here he is playing "Don't Mess With Karma," from this week's premier broadcast.

Andy Ridenour and Larry Groce
Mountain Stage

Have you ever wondered how Mountain Stage got started? Retrace the show's history Thursday (Thanksgiving) night at 8:00 p.m., when Mountain Stage at 30: A Radio Retrospective premieres on West Virginia Public Radio.

Listen to a preview of how Larry Groce, Andy Ridenour and Francis Fisher helped start this West Virginia tradition and how they've keep the show going strong for 30 years. 

Brian Blauser

Even though they don't perform together as often as they once did, singer-songwriter and guitarist Buddy Miller; along with his wife and songwriting partner Julie Miller, are widely regarded as on of the most important duos in Americana and country music. Here they perform "All My Tears," written by Julie Miller, on this episode of Mountain Stage recorded in December 2001.

Brian Blauser

Recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, this week's Mountain Stage broadcast features iconic singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe, Bombadil, the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, and Scott Miller with fiddler Rayna Gellert.

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

Brian Blauser

Many try - but Jesse Winchester is among the elite group of songwriters who can truly captivate an audience with just his words, his voice, and an acoustic guitar. Here he performs "That's What Makes You Strong" in front of an entranced Morgantown audience, from this week's premier broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.

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