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.

Josh Saul

Lead by songwriter and guitarist Taylor Goldsmith, California rock band Dawes make their 4th appearance on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage. Here they perform the song "Things Happen," from their latest album "All Your Favorite Bands," produced by David Rawlings.

Chip Taylor on Mountain Stage
Josh Saul

Singer, songwriter, golf pro, and nationally recognized horse race handicapper Chip Taylor may actually be the 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.

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.

Josh Saul

While 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.

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.

Josh Saul

The 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 last year when the show returned to 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.

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."

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 by her 11 member road band, which includes a 4 piece horn section, McBride performs the Little Walter classic "My Babe."

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.

Josh Saul

Rosanne Cash's song "A Feather's Not a Bird" comes from her latest album, "River and the Thread," which earned her a Grammy for Best Americana performance earlier this year. She performs the song live on Mountain Stage, backed by her partner in life and music, guitarist and producer John Leventhal.

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?"

Brian Blauser

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

Brian Blauser

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

Josh Saul

Proclaiming “It’s not retro music, it’s American music that never died,” Pokey LaFarge takes to this week's Mountain Stage with songs from his new album," Something in the Water, including this one, "Wanna Be Your Man."

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"Technically, I think I'm a crap singer. I don't have the chops, but I know that I can move people and I can touch them. That interests me more."

The proliferation of  singing talent shows on American TV all suggest that prodigious vocal technique, along with the singing of as many notes (plus ornamentations) is the pinnacle of musical expression.

Wrong.

More is not better. Quality is not defined by quantity.

The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience featuring Del McCoury on guitar and vocals play "Little Georgia Rose," live on Mountain Stage, recorded April 9th, 1989.

Brian Blauser

Mountain Stage ventures looks back at a classic show from 2008 this week, featuring Swedish indie folk singer and songwriter Jose Gonzalez.

This week, Mountain Stage dips into its 30 year archive of live music to visit a 1999 performance by acclaimed songwriter Randy Newman.

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Whether you're listening over the air or joining us in person -or both- Mountain Stage has a lot of great music cued up for you this weekend.

Brian Blauser

One of roots music's most respected singer-songwriters, Rodney Crowell closes this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage, with special guest host Tim O'Brien.

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