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.

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."

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.

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."

Asleep at the Wheel
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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."

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale
Brian Blauser

  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 Here the perform a vamped-up version of "The Train That Carried My Gal from Town," originally made famous by Logan County native Frank Hutchison.

Find out more about all the great artists on this week's Mountain Stage broadcast.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Brian Blauser

British folk rock master Richard Thompson appears on this week's special episode of Mountain Stage culled from our 30 year archive. Hear him perform "Turning the Tide," recorded April 22nd, 2001.

Brian Blauser

Keeping with the spirit of giving, we have a special bonus Song of the Week from our upcoming broadcast. Rhett Miller of the Old 97's teams up with alt stringband Black Prairie to cover the Woody Guthrie-penned "California Stars," from Wilco's Mermaid Avenue project.

Brian Blauser

Americana stalwart Robert Earl Keen kicked off the 30th season of Mountain Stage last year with his song "Who Do Man." This also marked Keen's tenth appearance on the show.

Brian Blauser

Bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers appear on this week's premier broadcast of Mountain Stage, fresh off their Grammy award-winning collaborations with Steve Martin. Here they perform the title track from their latest album, "Tell The Ones I Love."

Josh Saul

Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott are two of roots music's most formidable singer-songwriters in their own right, but when they join forces, the results are nothing less than spectacular. Here they perform "It All Comes Down to Love," from their latest collaboration, Memories and Moments.

Josh Saul

Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen was so beloved by the audience in Charleston that he was asked to perform an encore at the end of his set - a Mountain Stage rarity. Here he is playing "Don't Mess With Karma," from this week's premier broadcast.

Brian Blauser

Even though they don't perform together as often as they once did, singer-songwriter and guitarist Buddy Miller; along with his wife and songwriting partner Julie Miller, are widely regarded as on of the most important duos in Americana and country music. Here they perform "All My Tears," written by Julie Miller, on this episode of Mountain Stage recorded in December 2001.

Brian Blauser

Many try - but Jesse Winchester is among the elite group of songwriters who can truly captivate an audience with just his words, his voice, and an acoustic guitar. Here he performs "That's What Makes You Strong" in front of an entranced Morgantown audience, from this week's premier broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.

Brian Blauser

English singer-songwriter and musician Dave Mason has had his hand in countless classic rock staples, including his chart-topping single "We Just Disagree." He performs it here, on the special 800th episode of Mountain Stage.

Josh Saul

Lori McKenna has become one of Nashville's most in-demand singer-songwriters, even though she didn't begin making music of her own until she was in her mid-20's. Here she performs "If I Could By This Town," on an episode of Mountain Stage recorded on the north shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

The Pines - "Rise Up and Be Lonely"

Oct 23, 2013
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 premiere episode of Mountain Stage was recorded.

Find your local affiliate and listen to the entire show this week.

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