Jesse Winchester

Mountain Stage

Get excited, 'cause West Virginia Public Broadcasting's spring pledge drive is happening this week! Since this station is our "Mountain Mama," we're pulling out all the stops to show you why West Virginia Public Broadcasting is "Almost Heaven" and deserves your pledge of support! That's why we're playing exclusive, archived shows from 1988 and 1989 on this weekend's Mountain Stage After Midnight.

  The Kanawha State Forest Coalition continues their fight against the mountaintop removal mine site just 1,500 feet from the forest's edge with a rally at the state Capitol. Dr. William White, member of the state Board of Education and the West Virginia Broadcasting Authority board of directors, talks about his book focused on curbing unemployment in the African American community. West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Abracadabra is finishing up production of its fourth season, and Jessie Winchester sing "Never Forget to Boogie" in the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  

Josh Saul

Jesse Winchester - who passed away this April - visited Mountain Stage 8 times during his career; always captivating the audience with his nimble lyrics and trademark low-key delivery. A songwriter's songwriter in the truest sense, he had come to count Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffet and Neko Case among his most vocal fans. Winchester continued to create amazing new music until the end of his life, including the instant Mountain Stage staff favorite "Never Forget to Boogie," which was recorded during his final appearance on the show in October of 2014.

Brian Blauser

Many have tried - but the late Jesse Winchester was among the elite group of songwriters who could truly captivate an audience with just his words, his voice, and an acoustic guitar. Here he preforms one of his most beloved tunes, "That's What Makes You Strong," in front of an entranced Morgantown audience during his final Mountain Stage appearance, recorded in October of last year.

Brian Blauser

Jesse Winchester was an unforgettable personality and his songs were instantly identifiable. He visited Mountain Stage ten times from 1986 through 2013. His talent, charm, and gentle charisma became more potent with each visit.

The recent tribute album, Quiet About It, put together by Mac McAnally, with Winchester covers from Jimmy Buffet, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint and seven more of the best singer songwriters you can name is a hint of the respect he has earned among peers and admirers.

Brian Blauser

The Marshall and Huntington communities remember the 75 that lost their lives in a place crash on November 14, 1970, the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inducts a new class on Saturday, Classical Music host Jim Lange speaks with a guest maestro for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and Jesse Winchester performs "That's What Makes You Strong" on this Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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.