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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"You're fired up and you say you want it. No, don't ever lose your will to fight. Or wane when you think upon it. It's hard work, but it will be worth it."

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Bluegrass mainstays Dan Tyminski and Ronnie Bowman join forces on this week's Mountain Stage, beginning with their take on the Jimmy Martin classic "Hold Whatcha Got."

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The latest, self-titled, album from Kentucky's Joan Shelley was produced by Wilco bandleader and songwriter Jeff Tweedy, in his Chicago studio. The pair met backstage at a Mountain Stage taping in February 2016, and the resulting album, Joan Shelley, is a beautiful testament to Shelley's enchanting vocals and timeless, heartfelt songwriting. You can hear all of Shelley's charms in "The Push and Pull," our Song of the Week.

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Tupelo, Mississippi born songwriter Paul Thorn has appeared on Mountain Stage nine times since 1997, each time charming the audience with his trademark humor, wit and introspection.

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Songwriter and mutli-instrumentalist Seth Glier's latest album "Birds" was written from a very personal place, but based on his growing popularity, the album has a broad appeal.

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This week's episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is a special one, comprised of some of our favorite performances of the last couple of years.

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In a 20-year recording career that began when he was just 16, Louisiana born guitarist and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd has become one of the most recognizable players in all  of rock music. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band appears on this week's Mountain Stage with songs from their latest release "Lay It On Down," including "Diamonds & Gold," heard here.

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Paul Kelley's career has spanned three decades, including 21 albums and six appearances on Mountain Stage. He returns this time with a full band and songs from his latest release “Life Is Fine,” including the powerful “Rising Moon,” heard here.

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Grammy winning songwriter and producer Dan Wilson performs his rendition of "Someone Like You," live on Mountain Stage. Wilson co-wrote and produced the song with Adele, for her tremendously successful album "21."

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Rock-and-rolling Martingsburg, West Virginian Christian Lopez returns to the Mountain Stage on the campus of West Virginia University for a performance of "Steel on the Water" from his brand new release Red Arrow.

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Well now you think of love as sitting on a mountain. Think of it as being a great big rock. Won't you think before you started to roll it down. Because once you start it, you can't make it stop.

Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist Robert Cray returns to the Mountain Stage with a take on Bill Withers' "The Same Love that Made Me Laugh" that's sure to stir our soul. 

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A great deal has changed since 1964. But when rockabilly purveyor Bill Kirchen performs "The Times They Are A-Changin'" on Mountain Stage in 2017, it brings it back into focus.

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A classic Southern soul band tinged with a fiery lead singer, St. Paul & the Broken Bones return to the Mountain Stage with a move'n and groove'n performance of "Flow with It."

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Conductor, multi-instrumentalist and composer of more than 100 orchestral and chamber works, "the Renaissance man of American music" David Amram performs a stunning rendition of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."

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The hardest of hardcore troubadours, outlaw country's own Steve Earle returns on this week's brand new broadcast of Mountain Stage with a turn back of time to 1988's "Copperhead Road." 

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This week's broadcast of Mountain Stage marks the return of two voices: the first in special guest host Joni Deutsch, and the second in classically eclectic pop maestro Kishi Bashi. 

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Revered singers and songwriters Billy Bragg and Joe Henry perform on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with songs that celebrate the wide-open romance of the American railroad.

Here they perform the John Hartford classic "Gentle on My Mind" in a show that also features performances by Chris Smither, Robert Ellis, LAU, and Kaia Kater.

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Wynonna Judd makes her Mountain Stage debut during this week's episode, where she wins a new audience over in a matter of seconds with her powerful voice and magnetic stage presence. She closes her set with the song "Things That I Lean On," in a show that also features sets by the Indigo Girls, Lydia Loveless and Patty Larkin.

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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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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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