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 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."

Brian Blauser

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
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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.

Brian Blauser

Mountain Stage celebrates its 800th  during this week's broadcast, with Ani DiFranco, Dawes, Dave Mason, and Red Baraat.

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

Brian Blauser

English singer-songwriter and musician Dave Mason has had his hand in countless classic rock staples, including his chart-topping single "We Just Disagree." He performs it here, on the special 800th episode of Mountain Stage.

Josh Saul

This weekend you can hear the second of the two episodes that Mountain Stage recorded on the road in Grand Marais, Minnesota this fall. Iconic folk singer Tom Paxton closes the show, and Lori McKenna shows why she’s one of the most respected and in-demand singer-songwriters working today. Matraca Berg plays a few of the hits she’s written for others, along with the songs only she sings best. Andrew Walesch recalls classic jazz and lounge vocals.

Josh Saul

Lori McKenna has become one of Nashville's most in-demand singer-songwriters, even though she didn't begin making music of her own until she was in her mid-20's. Here she performs "If I Could By This Town," on an episode of Mountain Stage recorded on the north shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

Josh Saul

This week's episode of Mountain Stage is our first of two recorded on the shores of Lake Superior at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Going strong for 30 years, you'll hear alt-rock institution The BoDeans make their fifth appearance on the show. Comprised of members of Duluth's Trampled By Turtles, Dead Man Winter make their Mountain Stage debut. The Pines bring their evocative and atmospheric brand of northern Midwest alt Americana.

The Pines - "Rise Up and Be Lonely"

Oct 23, 2013
Josh Saul

The lush, dark, and atmospheric sounds Twin Cities band The Pines evoke the steely autumn breeze coming off the shore of Lake Superior, where this week's premiere episode of Mountain Stage was recorded.

Find your local affiliate and listen to the entire show this week.

Bottle Rockets - "Big Lotsa Love"

Oct 17, 2013
bottle rockets on mounain stage 2013
Brian Blauser

Roots rock heroes The Bottle Rockets return to Mountain Stage with a love song - and a story - inspired by a new guitar, and frontman Brian Henneman's wife's favorite discount shopping location.

Find your local affiliate and listen to the entire show this week.

Bill Monroe on Mountain Stage 1989
Mountain Stage

This week's special broadcast from the Mountain Stage archives looks back to 1989, when we were joined by the father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe. Here he plays what many consider to be his signature tune, "Uncle Pen."

Find your local affiliate and listen to the entire show this week.

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