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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. 

Alan Messer

“Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” returns to Elkins, WV this Saturday, August 12 as the closing concert of the Augusta Heritage Festival.

e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / via West Virginia & Regional History Collection

On April 14, 1875, Hallie Davis married Stephen Elkins, bringing together two powerful political families. Hallie Davis was the eldest child of Henry Gassaway Davis, a U.S. senator and one of West Virginia’s richest men. She grew up primarily in the Mineral County town of Piedmont and in Frederick, Maryland. When she met Stephen Elkins, he was serving as a delegate to Congress from the New Mexico Territory. They later lived in Washington and New York.

Maarten deBoer

Hot on the heels of a stellar show during the Augusta Heritage Festival, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is proud to announce its return to the Myles Center for the Arts at Davis & Elkins College on Saturday, October 8, for a special show presented by the Mountain State Forest Festival.

Tickets for this October 8 show are $20-$30 and are available online. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the show starting promptly at 7:30pm.

Polina Mourzina

Since the show began almost two years ago, A Change of Tune has highlighted some of the best up-and-coming artists out of these West Virginia hills with podcast-y chats ranging from Tyler Childers to The World is a Beautiful Place..., The Sea The Sea to Qiet and beyond.  But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day is coming up (not to mention A Change of Tune’s second birthday), we thought we’d do something special: 30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews that range from Morgantown alt-rockers and Parkersburg singer-songwriters to West Virginia music venues and regional artist management and beyond, all of which contribute to this state’s wild and wonderful music scene.

And today, we are chatting with recent Davis & Elkins College graduate Kaia Kater, a singer-songwriter who traveled from Quebec to West Virginia nearly four years ago to learn more about Appalachia's old-time music and culture. We sat down with Kaia in our Charleston studios to talk about her musical journey, her love of bluegrass and R&B, and her recent feature from Rolling Stone magazine.

On West Virginia Morning, Dave Mistich reports on the failure of the House of Delegates to pass an increase in the tobacco tax.  And Roxy Todd reports from Davis and Elkins College as the school graduates its first class of students majoring in old time music. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Courtesy of the artist

NPR Music & West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is proud to announce its return to the Augusta Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 13.

Andrew Carroll / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Ann Pancake always wanted to write about far away lands. However, once she traveled there she realized the best stories she had were about her home in West Virginia. Her first novel Strange Has This Weather Has Been portrays a family living near a strip mine, and it’s one of the most popular Appalachian novels of the past decade. Her new collection of stories Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley also takes place in West Virginia.

Ann Pancake on Hurt and Beauty in West Virginia

Dec 1, 2015
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, a conversation with Appalachian writer Ann Pancake.  Her latest book is called “Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley.”  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, we cover two panel discussions – one in Wheeling about the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and another at Shepherd University about the Affordable Care Act.  Also, we’ll visit Davis and Elkins College to spend time with the dancers and musicians of the school’s Appalachian Ensemble.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Mountain Stage

The West Virginia Division of Tourism and West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage teamed up to promote the Mountain Music Trail and the state’s music heritage. They’ve been working to create videos from stops along the trail. This week, hear Mountain Stage’s Vasilia Scouras share more about the videos on this week's Inside Appalachia.

Andrew Carroll

It’s Blues & Swing Week at the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins. The campus is a soundscape resonating with big jams of upbeat swing music interspersed with soulful Delta Blues. This week a brother and a sister have come to Augusta to further their talent and share a story.

 

A West Virginia Musical Morning

Jul 17, 2015
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, a lot of music.  We’ll meet a brother and sister team playing the blues at the Augusta Heritage Center, preview Matt Jackfert’s debut on Performance Today this morning and country superstar Martina McBride has today’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, we feature a lot of music.  From the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins we learn about Louisiana Cajun music and Umphrey’s McGee is featured on our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Radio news – telling West Virginia’s story.


Courtesy Davis & Elkins College

Dr. Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges will serve as speaker for the 106th Commencement at Davis & Elkins College on Saturday.

Davis & Elkins College

Davis & Elkins College is officially looking for a new president. After a two-year stint, the current president of the four-year private institution has resigned to accept another job as president of the Appalachian College Association – a non-profit consortium of 35 private four-year colleges and universities.


e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / via Davis & Elkins College

Politician and industrialist Henry Gassaway Davis died on March 11, 1916, at age 92. As a young man, he’d been a brakeman on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He invested his savings and his wife’s inheritance in cheap, undeveloped land in what is now West Virginia. The timber and coal resources on that land eventually made Davis one of the state’s richest men.

Lost Tradition Returns to Mountain State Forest Festival

Sep 30, 2014
Mountain State Forest Festival Facebook Page

The 78th Annual Mountain State Forest Festival is underway in Elkins this week. Amid this year’s festivities and fun, an old tradition is making a comeback.