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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After this Sunday's SOLD OUT show with Umphrey's McGee (Part of the Charlie West Summer Jam Weekend)  Mountain Stage is hitting the road for two shows in seven days! More details are available at our Live Show Schedule, and we hope you'll sign up for our e-mail newsletter for updates on upcoming live show announcements.

Josh Saul

The lush, dark, and atmospheric sounds Twin Cities band The Pines evoke the steely autumn breeze coming off the shore of Lake Superior, where this week's episode of Mountain Stage was recorded. Here they play the song "Rise Up and Be Lonely" from their 2012 release "Dark So Gold."

Brian Blauser

Roots rock heroes The Bottle Rockets return to Mountain Stage with a love song - and a story - inspired by a new guitar, and frontman Brian Henneman's wife's favorite discount shopping location.

Josh Saul

The Black Lillies' signature mix of roots rock and and Appalachian music has earned them a loyal following at festivals across the southeast and beyond. They can be heard on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with their song "Gold and Roses."

Josh Saul

Accompanied by his wife Amanda Shires on fiddle, Alabama-born singer-songwriter Jason Isbell performs "Traveling Alone," as heard on his acclaimed album "Southeastern."

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 Vasilia Scouras chose "Turn it Around" by Lucius.

Brian Blauser

One of roots music's most respected singer-songwriters, Rodney Crowell returns to this week's premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage, with special guest host Tim O'Brien. Crowell closes his set with "Moving Work of Art," from his acclaimed 2008 album "Sex and Gasoline."

Brian Blauser

Singer-songwriter Kevin Moore first visited Mountain Stage nearly 20 years ago, around the same time he adopted the stage name of "Keb' Mo.'" In the time since, Keb' Mo' has become one of America's most respected and beloved blues artists. Here he performs "The Worst is Yet to Come" from his brand new studio album Blues Americana.

Josh Saul

Indigo Girl Amy Ray visits Mountain Stage this week, with songs from her latest solo release. Growing up in Georgia, The Allman Brothers were one of the very first bands Ray listened to, playing a major part in her musical upbringing. Here she pays tribute to the band's beloved legendary lead guitarist with the song "Duane Allman."

Brian Blauser

In addition to being one of America's foremost electric blues guitarists, Robert Cray's nimble vocals allow him to venture into R&B and rock sounds, as he does here with the song "You Move Me."

Brian Blauser

The song "Hushabye Mountain" originally appeared in the musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and has since been covered by everyone from Tony Bennett to Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour. But it may have never sounded as good as it does on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, preformed by acclaimed group Pink Martini, featuring The Von Trapps.

Brian Blauser

Irish-American supergroup Solas have visited Mountain Stage 8 times through the years. Here the band's newest member Noriana Kennedy takes the lead, alongside founders Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan, with the heart-wrenching Irish traditional song "Am I Born to Die."

Brian Blauser

The four virtuoso musicians that make up Lake Street Dive met as students at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, and after performing together for nearly a decade are now regarded as America's premier indie pop band. Here they play "Clear a Space," from their latest album Bad Self Portraits.

Brian Blauser

This week's broadcast of Mountain Stage features a performance by guitar virtuoso Julian Lage. He was playing with Bela Fleck at age 11, was the subject of an Oscar nominated documentary, and is member of fiddle legend Mark O'Connor's trio. He appears here with his own band, performing the instrumental "For Critter."

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.

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."

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."

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.

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.

Brian Blauser

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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