Mountain Stage Song of the Week

Every Wednesday

For over 30 years, Mountain Stage has been the home of live music on public radio. Recorded in front of a live audience, every episode features performances from seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres including indie rock, folk, blues, world music and beyond. Each week, host Larry Groce hand picks his Song of The Week from the two hour broadcast. Produced in West Virginia and distributed by NPR, Mountain Stage can be heard every week on more than 130 stations across America, and around the world via NPR Music and mountainstage.org.

Brian Blauser

The tight harmonies and furious guitar picking of the Milk Carton Kids recall the sounds of legendary folk duos like Simon and Garfunkel, along with Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. They make their second appearance on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, bringing with them this song, "City of our Lady." You'll also hear performances by Martin Sexton, Alison Brown, Feufollet, and Amy Speace.

Josh Saul

Darrell Scott visited Mountain Stage this past Sunday, and closed his set with a song by his friend Guy Clark. Here he performs "Deperados Waiting for a Train," accompanied by Bob Thompson on piano, Michael Lipton on slide guitar, and Ron Sowell on harmonica.

Brian Blauser

The undisputed masters of soulful folk The Wood Brothers appear on this week's premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage, alongside Steve Poltz, Sean Rowe and more. Here they perform the song "Never and Always," which you can also download via the most recent episode of the Mountain Stage to Go podcast.

Brian Blauser

Inspired by trailblazers like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and the traditional songs of the ‘50s folk revival, Judy Collins embarked on a career that has lasted more than five decades - and is still going strong. She's joined during her set by respected singer and songwriter Ari Hest. Here they perform, "I Choose Love," from this week's premier broadcast of Mountain Stage. You'll also hear songs from The Brothers Comatose, Michael Cerveris, Ben Sollee andDavid Lindely.

Brian Blauser

Since they emerged in the mid 1990's, bluegrass band The Gibson Brothers have won nearly every award and accolade the genre has to offer; earning a place alongside great sibling duos like The Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and West Virginia's own Lilly Brothers. But here, they take on the harmonies of Don and Phil Everly, with their own version of the beloved early rock standard "Bye Bye Love." They apear on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, alongside Red Molly, Goodnight Texas, Sam Amidon, and Drew Holcomb.

Josh Saul

Roots rock standard-bearers The Bottle Rockets to Mountain Stage this week, with an episode that also features performances by Marshall Crenshaw, HONEYHONEY, Mike Cooley and Webb Wilder. Here the Bottle Rockets perform their song "Dog," which showcases lead singer Brian Henneman's irreverent humor, as well as his love for his canine friend.

Brian Blauser

Hailing from Galway, brothers Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the most celebrated young musicians in Ireland today. Calling themselves We Banjo 3, the group traveled straight from their Mountain Stage performance to perform for President Obama and Congressional leaders at the White House. They can be heard on this week's all new episode, along with Red Baraat, Star & Micey, and Davina & the Vagabonds.

Josh Saul

Since they first met as students in Syracuse, New York, Ra Ra Riot has put a decade of experience performing under its collective belt. They draw influence from the experimental side classic rock, like The Police and Talking Heads, but also feature a small string section, which sometimes leads to their music being called "chamber pop." Here they perform "Water," from this week's all new broadcast of Mountain Stage, which also includes sets from Walter Martin, I Draw Slow, Overcoats, and West Virginia's own indie rock sensation Ona.

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This's week's  broadcast of Mountain Stage is a special one, featuring live performances by this year's Grammy nominees and winners - including this song by iconic R&B singer Mavis Staples, "You Are Not Alone." You'll also hear sets from  rising stars Chris Stapleton and  Jason Isbell, along with Rhiannon Giddens, Wilco, Buddy Guy, The SteelDrivers and much more.

Josh Saul

Since their formation as an alt-country influenced group in the mid 90's, Chicago-based band Wilco have evolved into the de facto standard bearers for experimental and indie rock. They close their Mountain Stage set this week with a cover of the late David Bowie's masterpiece "Space Oddity."

Josh Saul

Although he's hosted over 850 episodes, it's been a long time since Mountain Stage host Larry Groce has performed a set of his own on the show. But he does this week, with songs from his first album in over two decades, Live Forever.

Brian Blauser

Since their formation in 2000, Portland-based indie rock band Blitzen Trapper have played nearly every major festival in America, and shared the stage with the likes of Iron & Wine and Wilco. Here they play "Black River Killer," from this week's all-new broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.

Josh Saul

Keeping one foot in their native Michigan's Mowtown soul, and another in Music City; bluegrass-inspired ensemble Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys delivered one of our favorite performances of the past year. You can finally listen to their entire set this week, on the latest episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.

Brian Blauser

Best known for his 1971 acoustic pop hit "Sunshine," Jonathan Edwards also has a solid background in country, folk, and bluegrass music. Here he performs the traditional song "I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground," from this week's all-new broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.

Brian Blauser

Alt-country-rock masters Drive-By Truckers return to Mountain Stage this weekend with a preview of the sounds from their "Dirt Underneath" tour.  Inspired by a character in book he'd just finished, singer Patterson Hood wrote the song "Pauline Hawkins" in a single day.

Brian Blauser

It's been suggested that the Earls of Leicester (pronounced "Lester") might well be one of the greatest band  name puns of all time.

Brian Blauser

One of acoustic folk and blues' most respected singers, songwriters, and guitarists; Eric Bibb closes this week's special encore broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. Here he plays the song "New World Comin' Through."

Brian Blauser

Singer, Songwriter and pianist Allen Toussaint was not only a New Orleans institution, but musician's musician who was responsible for many of the most popular tunes in the American songbook.

Brian Blauser

Acclaimed singer-songwriter James McMurtry makes his 10th appearance on Mountain Stage this weekend, with songs from his first new album in 7 years, Complicated Game.

Josh Saul

It's always a special occasion when Ray Wylie Hubbard returns to Mountain Stage.

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