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 Radio Preview
12:00 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Hear Loudon Wainwright III, Paula Cole and More on Mountain Stage

Loudon Wainwright III on Mountain Stage
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 Live Show Preview
9:05 am
Fri February 7, 2014

See Angelique Kidjo, Valerie June & More LIVE on Mountain Stage This Sunday in Morgantown

Angelique Kidjo, apearing on Mountain Stage February 9th

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.

Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:05 am
Thu February 6, 2014

The Sea The Sea - "Watertreader" - Live on Mountain Stage

The Sea The Sea - "Watertreader" - Live on Mountain Stage
Credit 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.

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Mountain Stage Archives
3:10 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Listen to Dave Van Ronk – The Inspiration for “Llewyn Davis” – On Mountain Stage

Dave Van Ronk, backstage at Mountain Stage, 1995

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.

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Mountain Stage Live Show Preview
9:05 am
Fri January 31, 2014

See Justin Townes Earle, Nellie McKay, John Gorka & More on Mountain Stage this Sunday

Justin Townes Earle

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).

Mountain Stage Radio Preview
11:26 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Hear Robben Ford, Vintage Trouble & More on This Week's Mountain Stage Broadcast

Robben Ford, Mieka Pauley, and Vintage Trouble on Mountain Stage
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.

Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:13 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Robben Ford - "Every Thing I Do Gonna Be Funky" - Live From Mountain Stage

Robben Ford, live on Mountain Stage
Credit 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."

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
10:57 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Hear Asleep at the Wheel, Larry Keel and More on Mountain Stage This Weekend

Asleep at the Wheel on Mountain Stage
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.

Mountain Stage
3:21 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Asleep at the Wheel - "Hesitation Blues"- Live from Mountain Stage

Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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."

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
11:30 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - "The Train that Carried My Gal from Town" - Live from Mountain Stage

Credit 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.

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
10:06 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Listen to Buddy & Jim, Corb Lund, Sturgill Simpson and More on Mountain Stage.

The Chapin Sisters, live on Mountain Stage
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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Moutain Stage Radio Preview
10:30 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Listen to Kathy Mattea, Shovels & Rope, Kathleen Edwards and More on Mountain Stage

Kathleen Edwards on Mountain Stage
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.

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9:30 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Kathy Mattea - "Coal Tattoo" - Live from Mountain Stage

Kathy Mattea, live on Mountain Stage
Credit 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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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
10:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Listen to Calexico, Camper Van Beethoven, Bonnie Prince Billy & More on Mountain Stage

Calexico, Live on Mountain Stage
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.

Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Calexico - "Splitter" - Live from Mountain Stage

Calexico, live on Mountain Stage
Credit 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.

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
10:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Listen to Richard Thompson, Rodney Crowell, John Mayall and More on This Week's Mountain Stage

Richard Thompson, live on Mountain Stage
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.

Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Richard Thompson - "Turning of the Tide" - Live from Mountain Stage

Richard Thompson, live on Mountain Stage, 2001
Credit 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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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
11:15 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Rhett Miller with Black Prairie - "California Stars" - Live from Mountain Stage

Rhett Miller and Black Prairie, Live on Mountain Stage
Credit 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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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
9:05 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Listen to Robert Earl Keen, Rhett Miller, Black Prairie & More on Mountain Stage

Robert Earl Keen, live on Mountain Stage
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.

Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:02 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Robert Earl Keen - "Who Do Man" - Live from Mountain Stage

Robert Earl Keen on Mountain Stage
Credit 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.

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