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 Song of the Week
10:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Brett Dennen - Don't Mess With Karma - Live on Mountain Stage

Brett Dennen on Mountain Stage
Credit 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.

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Documentary
4:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

The Birth of a Radio Show: 'Mountain Stage at 30' Preview

Andy Ridenour and Larry Groce first met in 1976
Credit 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. 

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Buddy & Julie Miller - All My Tears - Live on Mountain Stage

Buddy & Julie Miller, live on Mountain Stage
Credit 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.

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
3:21 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Listen to Jesse Winchester, Ashley Monroe & More on Mountain Stage

Ashley Monroe live on Mountain Stage
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.

Mountain Stage Song of the Week
2:57 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Jesse Winchester - That's What Makes You Strong - Live on Mountain Stage

Jesse Winchester performs on Mountain Stage
Credit 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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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
10:35 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Listen to the 800th Mountain Stage This Weekend

Ani DiFranco performs live on Mountain Stage
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.

Mountain Stage Song of the Week
3:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Dave Mason - "We Just Disagree" - Live on Mountain Stage

Dave Mason performs on the 800th episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce
Credit 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.

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
10:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Backstage and On Stage at Mountain Stage in Grand Marais

Andrew Walesch live on 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.

Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:40 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Lori McKenna - If I Could Buy This Town - Live on Mountain Stage

Lori McKenna performs live on Mountain Stage
Credit 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.

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
12:12 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

On This Week's Broadcast: BoDeans, Jill Sobule, Julia Sweeny & More

Dead Man Winter on Mountain Stage
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.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
4:16 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

The Pines - "Rise Up and Be Lonely"

The Pines perform on Mountain Stage
Credit 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.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
8:30 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Bottle Rockets - "Big Lotsa Love"

Credit 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.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
8:48 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Bill Monroe, "Uncle Pen"

Bill Monroe plays on Mountain Stage in 1989
Credit 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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Mountain Stage
3:04 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Mountain Stage records 800th show

The Finale from Mountain Stage's 800th show

Mountain Stage, founded in 1983, is celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year. The show recently recorded it's land-mark 800th episode. A capacity crowd at the Clay Center was in attendance to see performances by folk-singer Ani DiFranco, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Dave Mason, California rockers Dawes and the high-energy, horn-driven Brooklyn group Red Baraat. WV Public Radio listeners can hear the entire show Sunday November 10 at 2pm. 

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Radio
10:27 am
Wed September 18, 2013

"After Midnight" finale from Mountain Stage

The Mountain Stage finale is always something special and something that you often don't hear on the radio broadcast of the show. 

We were lucky enough to have a camera at a recent Mountain Stage and we captured this nice version of JJ Cale's "After Midnight". Cale performed on Mountain Stage in 1996 and recently passed away.

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