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.

Listen to Darlingside on Mountain Stage

Aug 30, 2016
Brian Blauser

Combining influences that range from 60's folk and bluegrass to classical music and indie rock, Massachusetts-based quartet Darlingside perform lush, cinematic songs around a single microphone. Here they perform "God of Loss" from this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage that also features Sam Bush, Chuck Prophet, Corb Lund and Patrick Sweany.

Courtesey of Mark Wolfe

R.E.M. made a historic visit to Charleston, WV on April 28, 1991 to perform on Mountain Stage.

Brian Blauser

Incendiary slide guitar master and Louisiana native Sonny Landreth returns to this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with a timely song he wrote for his fellow survivors of  Hurricane Katrina: Blue Tarp Blues. You'll also hear performances from Bob Schneider, David Berkeley, Lilly Hiatt, and Jackie Greene.

Listen to John Mark Nelson on Mountain Stage

Aug 17, 2016
Josh Saul

Even though he's just in his early 20's, Twin Cities based indie-folk artist John Mark Nelson's name has already begun to be mentioned alongside other longstanding Minnesota musical heavyweights like The Jayhawks, Trampled by Turtles, Low, and Dan Wilson.  Here he performs "Dream Last Night," backed by his own band, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

Earlier this year, Mountain Stage host, artistic director, and co-founder Larry Groce independently released “Live Forever,” his first full-length recording in over 27 years. Prompted by the encouragement of friends and family, the album is filled with some of Groce’s favorite songs, many of which, have been performed on the storied radio program since its inception in 1983.

Josh Saul

"Bramble Rose" was the title track on Tift Merritt's widely-acclaimed debut album, which was released in 2002. Over a decade later, The Eagles' Don Henley chose to kick off his long-awaited album of country songs with his own version of "Bramble Rose," which also featured vocals by Mick Jagger and country superstar Miranda Lambert. She revisits the song during this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, recorded live in Cook County, Minnesota.

Josh Saul

The most popular song from the Kentucky Headhunters platinum-selling Pickin' on Nashville album was almost never released:

This Sunday, July 31, point your browser to MountainStage.org at 7pm EST to watch a LIVE recording of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce via VuHaus.

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The 2016 International Bluegrass Music Awards nominations are in! We're proud to see so many of Mountain Stage's guests on the list. Click on the artist's name to hear their recent performance on Mountain Stage.

Listen to Rhiannon Giddens on Mountain Stage

Jul 27, 2016
Brian Blauser

Best known as the powerful lead singer of Grammy winning African American stringband The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens plays songs from her T-Bone Burnett-produced solo debut on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage.  Here she performs "Black is the Color," from her album Tomorrow is My Turn; on a show that also features The SteelDrivers, Sam Gleaves, Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller, and Alice Gerarrd.

Mountain Stage News: October Live Shows Announced

Jul 25, 2016
Courtesy of the Artist

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce has announced three live shows for October in Charleston, including two at the Culture Center Theater on the State Capitol Grounds, and one at The Clay Center with an on-stage intimate experience.    

Tickets for events at the Culture Center Theater are $20 in advance, and $25 day of show,  MountainStage.org, and by phone at 877-987-6487, locally at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston and also at the upcoming live shows.

Brian Blauser

Musician Larry Campbell has long been regarded as one of Americana and country music's most respected and in-demand sidemen; backing Rosanne Cash, and serving as Levon Helm's longstanding musical director. Here he steps into the spotlight with his partner in life and music Teresa Williams with "Everybody Loves You," on a show that also features Jarekus Singleton, Los Aztex and Tyler Childers.

Listen to Chris Stapleton Live on Mountain Stage

Jul 12, 2016
Josh Saul

Since leaving beloved bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, Chris Stapleton has become one of Nashville's most respected and in-demand songwriters. He has written five number one songs for George Strait, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner; and his solo debut, The Traveller, was released to wide acclaim.

Josh Saul

When Bahamas first appeared on Mountain Stage a few years ago, they stole the show with their infectious mix of folk-influenced harmonies and indie rock hooks. Since then, they've received much deserved mainstream recognition, thanks in no small part to the song "All the Time in the World," which was heavily featured in a television ad campaign starring James Franco. They perform the song live on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who made four appearances on "Mountain Stage" starting in 1998, died Thursday from difficulties with skin cancer. He was 89. Continue reading to hear performances by Stanley of "Angel Band" and "Pretty Polly" as heard on Mountain Stage.

"Mountain Stage" host and artistic director Larry Groce had this to say:

The skies of Virginia and West Virginia opened last night as Ralph Stanley passed, and poured rain on his home in historic and tragic proportions. Perhaps it’s coincidence.
 

Join us this Sunday, June 26, at 7pm EST at MountainStage.org for a LIVE recording of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce via VuHaus

Listen to Pokey LaFarge on Mountain Stage

Jun 22, 2016
Josh Saul

Proclaiming “It’s not retro music, it’s American music that never died,” Pokey LaFarge takes to this week's Mountain Stage with songs from his new album," Something in the Water, including this one, "Wanna Be Your Man." You'll also hear performances by Dar Williams, Joe Pug, & Jill Sobule.

Jim McGuire / Mountain Stage

Alt-country singer-songwriter Elizabeth Cook and West Virginia-based rockers Qiet have been added to the bill for Mountain Stage's live production Sunday, July 31 at the Culture Center Theater. As previously announced, the show will also feature  jam-grass favorites Leftover Salmon.

Listen to Hayes Carll on Mountain Stage

Jun 8, 2016
Brian Blauser

Praised by Anthony DeCurtis as the "inheritor of the Texas songwriting tradition that includes Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle,” Hayes Carll has earned a reputation as one of the finest troubadours Texas has to offer. Here he performs "Sake of the Song," from his new album Lovers and Leavers. You'll also hear sets from Darrell Scott, Parker Millsap, Carrie Rodriguez and Brennan Leigh.

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

Jerry Douglas and his Earls of Leicester will return to the Culture Center Theater in Charleston on Sunday, July 24, 2016, for West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s live-performance radio program Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.  Also appearing are Lera Lynn, and the duo of Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley.  

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