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 Song of the Week
12:23 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Hear Holly Williams, Live on Mountain Stage

Holly Williams on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Holly Williams’ lineage is bonafide country royalty: her father is Hank Jr. and her grandfather is Hank Sr. But as a singer-songwriter, her voice is all her own, as you'll hear in the song "Drinkin'," from her acclaimed album The Highway.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Hear Catherine Russell Play "Aged and Mellow" Live on Mountain Stage

Catherine Russell, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

It's not stretch to call Catherine Russell one of the most respected and versatile singers working today. Blessed with a voice that doesn't confine her to a single genre, she worked with everyone from Paul Simon to David Bowie and Dolly Parton. But jazz is what she does best - here she performs "Aged and Mellow," live from this week's premiere broadcast.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
6:15 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Hear Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn Play "What'cha Gonna Do" Live on Mountain Stage

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

First Family of the Banjo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn return to Mountain Stage this week, with songs from the first album they've recorded together as a duo. Over a bed of intertwined banjos, Abigail takes the lead on a song Bela wrote, lyrics and all, "What'cha Gonna Do?"

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:18 am
Tue November 25, 2014

The Traveling McCourys With Keller Williams - "Price Tag" - Live from Mountain Stage

The Traveling McCourys featuring Keller Williams - Live from Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

This week's special Thanksgiving weekend broadcast of Mountain Stage features a performance by bluegrass icons the Traveling McCourys, who are joined onstage by acoustic music hero Keller Williams. When playing together, they're known to explore sounds ranging from the traditional to jazz and jamband, along with covers of well-known pop songs. Here they perform Jessie J's hit "Price Tag," recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
3:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Hear Chip Taylor Play "Big River" Live on Mountain Stage

Chip Taylor, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Singer, songwriter, golf pro, and nationally recognized horse race handicapper Chip Taylor may be the actual Most Interesting Man in the World. While he's written hits like "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning," one of his best known solo albums was his country-influenced "This Side of the Big River," which featured a cover of the famous Johnny Cash tune of the same name. He performs it live on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Hear Shovels & Rope Play "Evil," Live on Mountain Stage

Shovels and Rope, Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope return to this week’s broadcast of Mountain Stage with songs from their latest album, Swimmin’ Time. Here they perform the song “Evil,” which showcases their passionate harmonies and uncharacteristically dark lyrics.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
4:23 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Hear Jill Barber Perform "Broken for Good" Live from Mountain Stage

Jill Barber, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

While Canadian singer-songwriter Jill Barber’s smoky, soulful voice has made her an alt-cabaret favorite on Canada's folk scene, she’s also known for penning songs with timeless hooks and melodies. Here she performs “Broken for Good,” from this week’s premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
2:22 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Hear Judith Owen Perform "Blackbird" Live on Mountain Stage

Judith Owen Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

It's been said that singer, songwriter and performer Judith Owen displays the depth of Carole King with the European flair of Annie Lennox. Her latest album, Ebb & Flow pays tribute to artists  who inspired her, like Carole King, along with James Taylor and the Beatles. Here she performs the McCartney standard "Blackbird," backed by legendary session bass player Leland Sklar.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
5:10 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Hear Chris Smither Play "Get a Better One" Live on Mountain Stage

Chris Smither, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

An undisputed master of acoustic blues guitar,  Chris Smither's  songwriting often draws on the influences of poets, folk singers, philosophers and humorists. Now in his 5th decade of making music, Smither made his 13th appearance on Mountain Stage this year, when the show visited the lakeside town of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Here he performs "Get a Better One," recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:49 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Hear Dave Bing & Ben Townsend Play "Red Mountain Wine" Live on Mountain Stage

Dave Bing and Ben Townsend live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Roane County, West Virginia native Dave Bing is a veteran fiddle teacher and musician, with decades and performing throughout the United States and abroad. He's backed here by fellow West Virginian Ben Townsend (of beloved stringband The Fox Hunt) on banjo and vocals for "Red Mountain Wine."

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:23 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Hear Martina McBride Perform "My Babe" Live on Mountain Stage

Martina McBride, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Although she's a bona fide country music superstar, on this week's episode of Mountain Stage, Martina McBride explores her rhythm and blues side. Backed her 11 member road band, which includes a 4 piece horn section, Martina McBride performs the Willie Dixon-penned Little Walter classic, "My Babe."

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
4:18 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Hear Umphrey's McGee Play "Comma Later" on Mountain Stage

Umphrey's McGee, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Whether you call it progressive rock, progressive improvisation or "improg," the force of Umphrey's McGee's musicianship cannot be denied. On any give night they can be found performing for thousands of screaming fans, but on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, they deliver a special performance for a sold-out crowd of 400. Here they are performing "Comma Later," live in Charleston.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
9:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Hear Rosanne Cash Play "A Feather's Not a Bird," Live on Mountain Stage

Rosanne Cash, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Rosanne Cash's song "A Feather's Not a Bird" comes from her latest album, "River and the Thread," which was inspired a recent trip she took through the American deep south. She performs the song live on Mountain Stage, backed by her partner in life and music, guitarist and producer John Leventhal.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
12:05 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Hear Jason Isbell Play "Cover Me Up" Live on Mountain Stage

Jason Isbell performs "Cover Me Up," Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Jason Isbell took home top honors last night at the 2014 American Music Association's awards ceremony in Nashville; winning  Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for "Cover Me Up." Isbell perfomed "Cover Me Up" when he visited Mountain Stage last year, backed by his wife Amanda Shires on violin.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
3:37 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Hear Paul Thorn Play "What the Hell is Going On?," Live on Mountain Stage

Paul Thorn on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

With his trademark humor and razor-sharp insight, singer-songwriter Paul Thorn asks a question about the state of the world today as only he can: "What the Hell is Going On?"

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
10:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Hear Twin Forks Play "Kiss Me Darling" Live from Mountain Stage

Twin Forks, live on NPR's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce
Credit Brian Blauser

After nearly  two decades fronting iconic emo band Dashboard Confessional, Chris Carrabba has formed the heavily pop-influenced acoustic quartet Twin Forks. Here they perform "Kiss Me Darling," from their self-titled debut.

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Mountain Stage Song of the Week
1:32 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Hear Toad the Wet Sprocket Play "Walk on the Ocean" Live on Mountain Stage

Toad the Wet Sprocket, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Hitmakers Toad the Wet Sprocket made their first appearance on Mountain Stage near the beginning of their career in 1992. They return 22 years later to perform some of their most beloved songs, including this favorite, "Walk on the Ocean."

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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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