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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10:32 am
Thu April 17, 2014

John Gorka - "Give Us Back Our Water" - Live from Mountain Stage

John Gorka live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Iconic Midwestern folk singer John Gorka returned to Mountain Stage in early February, with a brand new song that he introduced as his "love letter to Charleston." Here he performs "Give Us Back Our Water," from this week's premiere broadcast.

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9:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Betty LaVette - "Everything is Broken" - Live from Mountain Stage

Credit Brian Blauser

R&B singer Bettye LaVette is comfortable covering material ranging from Tom Waits to Bob Seeger. Here she lends her soulful voice to Bob Dylan's classic "Everything is Broken."

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1:42 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Listen to Todd Snider perform "Stomp and Holler" Live on Mountain Stage

Todd Snider on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Mountain Stage celebrates its 30th anniversary during this weekend's premiere broadcast, featuring our old friend Todd Snider. He kicks off his set with a cover of the Hayes Carll song "Stomp and Holler."

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Mountain Stage Radio Preview
9:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Hear Holly Williams, Sam Baker and More on This Week's Broadcast of Mountain Stage

Holly Williams on Moutain Stage
Brian Blauser

Mountain Stage returns to your radio this weekend with another premiere broadcast of live music, featuring Holly Williams, Gary Nicholson, Sam Baker, Charlie Faye, and Missy Raines & the New Hip.

Listen this Sunday at 2pm on West Virginia Public Radio, or on one of over 130 stations across America.

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9:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Listen to Holly Williams Perform "Drinkin'" 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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9:05 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Listen to Deer Tick Perform "Mr. Sticks" Live on Mountain Stage

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Originally based out of Rhode Island, Deer Tick have won fans over with their unique blend of country-soul, indie-pop, folk, and garage rock. Here they perform "Mr. Sticks" from this week's premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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3:36 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Listen to Bell X1 perform "Four Minute Mile" Live on Mountain Stage

Bell X1, Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Like their fellow Irish rockers U2, Bell X1 take their name from another iconic aircraft - the first to fly faster than sound - flown by Lincoln County native Chuck Yeager. In fact, the first time Bell X1 visited Mountain Stage, they asked only half jokingly if Yeager might be in the audience. This performance is taken from the band's second appearance on the show in 2011, and opens this weekend's special Irish Tribute edition of Mountain Stage.

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From the Archives
2:34 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Townes Van Zandt on Mountain Stage

Townes Van Zandt signs the wall at the Captiol Plaza Theater in Charleston, WV as Guy Clark looks on.
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Legnedary Texas singer and songwriter Townes Van Zandt made three appearances on "Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce" before his death in 1997. In honor of his birthday we're sharing two songs from his 1995 appearance; "If I Needed You" and "Buckskin Stallion Blues."

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9:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Listen to the Del McCoury Band Perform "In Despair," Live on Mountain Stage

The Del McCoury Band, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

One of the most respected bluegrass bands of all time, The Del McCoury Band is one of the few groups who are equally beloved by audiences at traditional bluegrass festivals and hippie jam band gatherings. They perform the song "In Despair" on this week's premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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9:05 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin - "That Don't Worry Me Now" - Live on Mountain Stage

Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Acclaimed songwriters and longtime friends Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin share the stage on this week's broadcast, with a special extended set that includes material from both of their catalogs - including this song, "That Don't Worry Me Now."

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9:05 am
Thu February 20, 2014

The Flatlanders - "Hopes Up High" - Live on Mountan Stage

The Flatlanders Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Comprised of iconic singer-songwriters Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, The Flatlanders are widely regarded as one of country-rock's most influential bands, despite their short time together. They reunite on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with their song "Hopes Up High."

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9:34 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Listen to Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn on Mountain Stage

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Partners in life and music, world-renowned banjo players Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn began playing their first series of shows together just last year. Abigail joked that they were appearing on Mountain Stage as a trio, as she was 7 months pregnant at the time of their performance. Only a few weeks later, the couple finally welcomed baby Juno Fleck into the world. Their set begins with this song, "City of Refuge."

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9:05 am
Thu February 6, 2014

The Sea The Sea - "Watertreader" - Live on Mountain Stage

The Sea The Sea - "Watertreader" - Live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

The Sea The Sea are Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa. Now based out of New York, the duo have serious West Virginia roots - Mira spent much of her youth backstage alongside her father, Mountain Stage band leader Ron Sowell. Their song "Watertreader" appears on their new album, which they recorded with renowned producer and longtime-Ani DiFranco sideman Todd Sickafoose.

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10:13 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Robben Ford - "Every Thing I Do Gonna Be Funky" - Live From Mountain Stage

Robben Ford, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Widely regarded as one of America's finest blues and rock guitarists, Robben Ford has collaborated with everyone from Joni Mitchell and Miles Davis to KISS. For his latest solo release, Bringing It On Home, Ford brought things back to basics by using only a single guitar. He kicks off his Mountain Stage set with this song, declaring that from now on, "Every Thing I Do Gonna Be Funky."

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Mountain Stage
3:21 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Asleep at the Wheel - "Hesitation Blues"- Live from Mountain Stage

Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Legendary Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel have been performing for more than 40 years. Here's a live staple, most recently recorded by the band with Willie Nelson,  called "Hesitation Blues," from the band's eighth appearance on "Mountain Stage."

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11:30 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale - "The Train that Carried My Gal from Town" - Live from Mountain Stage

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  Two of roots music's very finest, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, team up on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage. Here the perform a vamped-up version of "The Train That Carried My Gal from Town," originally made famous by Logan County native Frank Hutchison.

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10:30 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Listen to Kathy Mattea, Shovels & Rope, Kathleen Edwards and More on Mountain Stage

Kathleen Edwards on Mountain Stage
Brian Blauser

Don't miss this weekend's special encore broadcast of Mountain Stage with our sweetheart, Kathy Mattea. The wonderful Kathleen Edwards will also be there, along with songwriting institution Kim Richey, Bonnie Bishop, and Americana darlings Shovels & Rope.

Listen on West Virginia Public Radio this Sunday at 2 pm, or on one of 130 public radio stations across America.

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9:30 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Kathy Mattea - "Coal Tattoo" - Live from Mountain Stage

Kathy Mattea, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Brian Blauser

Kathy Mattea returns to Mountain Stage on this week's broadcast with 'Coal Tattoo,' written by fellow West Virginian Billy Edd Wheeler. Mattea has said she enjoys playing this song because it allows her band to "stretch out" on their instruments - especially her long-time guitarist and sideman Bill Cooley.

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10:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Listen to Calexico, Camper Van Beethoven, Bonnie Prince Billy & More on Mountain Stage

Calexico, Live on Mountain Stage
Brian Blauser

This week's special encore episode of Mountain Stage features desert rockers Calexico, along with alternative trailblazers Camper Van Beethoven, Bonnie Prince Billy, Bahamas, and Piney Gir.

Listen on West Virginia Public Radio this Sunday at 2 pm, or on one of 130 public radio stations across America.

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10:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Calexico - "Splitter" - Live from Mountain Stage

Calexico, live on Mountain Stage
Credit Josh Saul

Tuscon, Arizona-based band Calexico blend everything from surf guitar to spaghetti western themes into their own brand of desert rock. Their song "Splitter" appears on the band's latest record, Algiers.

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