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.

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Mountain Stage Staff Picks
9:30 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Mountain Stage Staff Picks: Mieka Pauley Plays "Wreck"

Mountain Stage Associate Producer Jeff Shirley.
Credit Josh Saul

Earlier in the year, Mountain Stage staffers each picked a single performance to be featured as bonus content on the "best of" USB drives that are given away as pledge premiums. Associate Producer Jeff Shirley chose "Wreck" by singer-songwriter Mieka Pauley:

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:58 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Hear the Steep Canyon Rangers Play "Tell the Ones I Love" Live on Mountain Stage

The Steep Canyon Rangers, Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers appear on this week's 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."

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
11:23 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Hear Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott Play "It All Comes Down to Love" Live on Mountain Stage

Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

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 acclaimed collaboration Memories and Moments.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:52 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Hear Brett Dennen Play "Don't Mess With Karma," Live from 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 performing "Don't Mess With Karma," from this week's special encore broadcast.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
3:45 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Listen to Jesse Winchester Play "Never Forget to Boogie," Live on Mountain Stage

Jesse Winchester - live on Mountain Stage, 2013
Credit Josh Saul

Jesse Winchester - who passed away this April - visited Mountain Stage 8 times during his career; always captivating the audience with his nimble lyrics and trademark low-key delivery. A songwriter's songwriter in the truest sense, he had come to count Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffet and Neko Case among his most vocal fans. Winchester continued to create amazing new music until the end of his life, including the instant Mountain Stage staff favorite "Never Forget to Boogie," which was recorded during his final appearance on the show in October of 2014.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
3:14 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Hear Jesse Winchester play "That's What Makes You Strong," Live from Mountain Stage

Jesse Winchester, Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Many have tried - but the late Jesse Winchester was among the elite group of songwriters who could truly captivate an audience with just his words, his voice, and an acoustic guitar. Here he preforms one of his most beloved tunes, "That's What Makes You Strong," in front of an entranced Morgantown audience during his final Mountain Stage appearance, recorded in October of last year.

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Radio
10:43 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Hear Dave Mason Perform "We Just Disagree" Live from Mountain Stage

Dave Mason, live on Mountain Stage
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
4:35 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Hear Dawes Play "Most People" Live from Mountain Stage

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

For this week's rebroadcast of the 800th episode of Mountain Stage, we have a special bonus Song of the Week: "Most People" by California rock band Dawes. It's been a staff favorite since it was first released last year, and the Mountain Stage performance of the song features extended guitar work by frontman Taylor Goldsmith that isn't usually heard in other broadcasts.

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Radio
10:57 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Hear Lori McKenna Perform "If I Could Buy This Town" Live on Mountain Stage

Lori McKenna live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Based out of her hometown of Stoughton, Massachusetts, Lori McKenna has become one of Nashville's most in-demand singer-songwriters. 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 live show news
1:01 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Mountain Stage Travels in August

Martina McBride returns to Mountain Stage 8/3 in Bristol, TN/VA.
Courtesy of the artist

After this Sunday's SOLD OUT show with Umphrey's McGee (Part of the Charlie West Summer Jam Weekend)  Mountain Stage is hitting the road for two shows in seven days! More details are available at our Live Show Schedule, and we hope you'll sign up for our e-mail newsletter for updates on upcoming live show announcements.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
11:55 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Hear The Pines Play "Rise Up and Be Lonely" Live on Mountain Stage

The Pines, Live 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 episode of Mountain Stage was recorded. Here they play the song "Rise Up and Be Lonely" from their 2012 release "Dark So Gold."

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:05 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Listen to The Bottle Rockets Play "Big Lots of Love" Live on Mountain Stage

The Bottle Rockets Live on Mountain Stage
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.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
3:34 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Hear The Black Lillies Perform "Gold and Roses" Live on Mountain Stage

The Black Lillies, Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

The Black Lillies' signature mix of roots rock and and Appalachian music has earned them a loyal following at festivals across the southeast and beyond. They can be heard on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with their song "Gold and Roses."

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Radio
10:53 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Hear Jason Isbell Play "Traveling Alone" Live on Mountain Stage

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Accompanied by his wife Amanda Shires on fiddle, Alabama-born singer-songwriter Jason Isbell performs "Traveling Alone," as heard on his acclaimed album "Southeastern."

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Radio
10:35 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Mountain Stage Staff Music Picks: Lucius Plays "Turn it Around"

Mountain Stage Assistant Producer Vasilia Scouras Loves Lucius
Josh Saul

Earlier in the year, Mountain Stage staffers each picked a single performance to be featured as bonus content on the "best of" USB drives that are given away as pledge premiums. Associate Producer Vasilia Scouras chose "Turn it Around" by Lucius.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
4:23 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Hear Rodney Crowell Perform "Moving Work of Art" From This Week's Mountain Stage

Rodney Crowell, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

One of roots music's most respected singer-songwriters, Rodney Crowell returns to this week's premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage, with special guest host Tim O'Brien. Crowell closes his set with "Moving Work of Art," from his acclaimed 2008 album "Sex and Gasoline."

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Song of the Week
4:37 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Hear Keb' Mo' perform "The Worst is Yet to Come" Live on Mountain Stage

Keb' Mo' live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Singer-songwriter Kevin Moore first visited Mountain Stage nearly 20 years ago, around the same time he adopted the stage name of "Keb' Mo.'" In the time since, Keb' Mo' has become one of America's most respected and beloved blues artists. Here he performs "The Worst is Yet to Come" from his brand new studio album Blues Americana.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:39 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Hear Amy Ray Play "Duane Allman" on Mountain Stage

Amy Ray on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Indigo Girl Amy Ray visits Mountain Stage this week, with songs from her latest solo release. Growing up in Georgia, The Allman Brothers were one of the very first bands Ray listened to, playing a major part in her musical upbringing. Here she pays tribute to the band's beloved legendary lead guitarist with the song "Duane Allman."

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Robert Cray - "You Move Me" - Live from Mountain Stage

Robert Cray live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

In addition to being one of America's foremost electric blues guitarists, Robert Cray's nimble vocals allow him to venture into R&B and rock sounds, as he does here with the song "You Move Me."

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
5:30 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Pink Martini featuring The Von Trapps - "Hushabye Mountain" - Live from Mountain Stage

Pink Martini featuring The Von Trapps
Credit Brian Blauser

The song "Hushabye Mountain" originally appeared in the musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and has since been covered by everyone from Tony Bennett to Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour. But it may have never sounded as good as it does on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, preformed by acclaimed group Pink Martini, featuring The Von Trapps.

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