Mountain Stage Song of the Week

Every Thursday

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 200 stations across America and around the world via NPR Music and mountainstage.org.

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This week's Mountain Stage Song of the week features our own Bob Thompson, with his take on the classic American folk tune "Shenandoah," which was recorded live on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Listen: Rhiannon Giddens on Mountain Stage

Aug 9, 2017
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On this week's episode of Mountain Stage, acclaimed singer Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops performs her haunting original song "At the Purchaser's Option," which was inspired by a 19th-century advertisement she found for a 22-year-old female slave whose baby was also available for sale. 

Listen: Leftover Salmon on Mountain Stage

Aug 2, 2017
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Jamgrass heroes Leftover Salmon return to Mountain Stage this week, with a song that contemplates West Virginia History: "Blair Mountain."

Listen: The Earls of Leicester on Mountain Stage

Jul 26, 2017
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Under the direction of dobro master Jerry Douglas, The Earls of Leicester perfectly conjure the sounds of bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs — and in the process, have created one of music's great band-name puns. Recreating the spirit of bluegrass giants is serious business though, and it paid off when the group took home a 2015 Grammy for its efforts.

They appear on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, alongside Lera Lynn, Cheryl Wheeler, Rob Ikes & Trey Hensley and Nora Jane Struthers.

Listen: William Matheny on NPR's Mountain Stage

Jul 19, 2017
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This week's broadcast of Mountain Stage proudly introduces two very deserving West Virginia voices: the first in special guest host Joni Deutsch, and the second in Mannington native William Matheny in his solo debut.

Here he performs "Living Half to Death," from his new album Strange Constellations, on a show that also features sets by Lucius, Rachel Yamagata, Adia Victoria and Margaret Glaspy.

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Beloved dynamic pop band Lake Street Dive return to this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with songs from their acclaimed album Side Pony. Here they perform "Call Off Your Dogs," on a show that also features performances by Seratones, My Bubba, Royal Wood, and Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche.

Listen: Hayes Carll on NPR's Mountain Stage

Jul 5, 2017
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Praised by Anthony DeCurtis as the "inheritor of the Texas songwriting tradition that includes Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle,” Hayes Carll has earned a reputation as one of the finest troubadours Texas has to offer.

On this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage, he performs "Sake of the Song" from his album Lovers and Leavers

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Beloved singer-songwriter Brett Dennen returns to this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, but this time with his full touring band. Here he performs the single "Cassidy," from his new album Por Favor

You'll also hear sets by alt-rock trailblazers Cracker, along with Liz Vice, Elephant Revival, and Lords of Liechtenstein.

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The undisputed masters of soulful folk The Wood Brothers appear on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, alongside Steve Poltz, Sean Rowe and more.

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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 broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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Lovingly referred to as The First Family of the Banjo, partners in love, life and music Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn return to the Mountain Stage for an extended set on this week's broadcast.

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Singing-dancing-acting duo Nancy And Beth (aka actresses Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt) make their Mountain Stage debut in grand style on this week's broadcast. While you'll have to wait to hear their cover of Gucci Mane's "I Don't Love Her" on the Mountain Stage podcast, you'll be able to hear their heartstring-pulling take on "Waiting for My Child" (as originally performed by The Consolers, Mavis Staples and Patty Griffin).

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Prodigiously talented musician Sarah Jarosz returns to Mountain Stage this week with songs from her new album Undercurrent. Here she performs "House of Mercy" on a show that also features Robbie Fulks, Over the Rhine, The Black Lillies and Steve Forbert.

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One of the best break-out Americana acts out of the Keystone State, Pennsylvania trio The Stray Birds return to the Mountain Stage with this radio-ready performance of their new tune "Radio." Catch it on over 200+ NPR stations during this week's all-new Mountain Stage broadcast.

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"A voice that's part Memphis, part Chicago and all woman," Shemekia Copeland returns to the Mountain Stage with a fiery performance of "The Battle is Over (But the War Goes On). Catch it on over 200+ NPR stations during this week's all-new Mountain Stage broadcast.

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Claire Lynch is an accomplished country artist. Just ask Dolly Parton, who credits Lynch with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today."

Backed by her award-winning acoustic ensemble, she offers a thoughtful reinterpretation of Dave Francey's "Empty Train" on this week's all-new Mountain Stage broadcast.

Tim O'Brien
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No stranger to the Mountain Stage, acclaimed singer-songwriter and West Virginia native Tim O'Brien makes his returns to the program with a set of songs from the Mountain State, including this cover of Larry Groce's own "When the Mist Clears Away," which you can also hear during this week's broadcast.

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Warren Zevon was a beloved cult hero in the world of rock music. Born in Chicago but raised on the West Coast, Zevon began his music career as a classical piano student before broadening his admiration of Stravinsky to The Everly Brothers and other folk and pop icons.

Zevon’s stoic vocals and gallows songwriting led to critical acclaim and popular success, eventually leading to his 1978 hit “Werewolves of London.” Although he could certainly be “Mr. Bad Example,” Zevon was an artist’s artist, one that we were proud to welcome twice to the Mountain Stage

Judith Owen
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If Judith Owen had not gone off to become a powerhouse singer-songwriter, she could have easily become a full-time humorist with her sharp wit and self-deprecating charm.

For her fourth appearance on Mountain Stage, the Welsh chanteuse is joined by Brazilian percussionist Pedro Segundo and the legendary bassist Leland Sklar for a performance of "We Give In," which you can also hear during this week's broadcast.

Margo Price
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Country's next superstar, critically-acclaimed Nashville singer-songwriter Margo Price performs "Hurtin' (on the Bottle)" on this week's brand new broadcast of Mountain Stage

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