Larry Groce

Tim O'Brien
Josh Saul

No stranger to the Mountain Stage, acclaimed singer-songwriter and West Virginia native Tim O'Brien makes his returns to the program with a set of songs from the Mountain State, including this cover of Larry Groce's own "When the Mist Clears Away," which you can also hear during this week's broadcast.

Listen: Larry Groce Perform on NPR's Mountain Stage

Feb 1, 2017
Larry Groce
Josh Saul / Mountain Stage

Although he's hosted over 850 episodes, it's been a long time since Mountain Stage host Larry Groce has performed a set of his own on the show. But he does this week, with songs from his first album in over two decades, Live Forever.

This week's broadcast also features performances from seminal indie pop band Guster, established singer and entertainer Robert Earl Keen, and Americana folk band The Westies.

Vasilia Scouras / Mountain Stage

Milton, WV based Blenko Glass Company has teamed with West Virginia Public Broadcasting to commemorate 33 years of Mountain Stage with a limited edition, hand blown glass record. This one-of-a-kind piece will be available for an introductory price of $60 per piece, at Mountain Stage's SOLD OUT event on Sunday, December 4 in the Culture Center Lobby, and when Mountain Stage opens its "Pop Up Shop" at WVPB, 600 Capitol St. Charleston, WV on Wednesday December 14 and Thursday December 15, from 11a.m. to 6p.m.

Mark Wolfe

When R.E.M. appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage on April 28, 1991, they were one of the biggest bands in the world. Though when they released Out of Time, in March of that year, they decided against touring behind it, opting for media appearances instead. One of these appearances was Mountain Stage.

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This weekend, Mountain Stage listeners will hear a new voice on the show as we welcome a very special guest host: Joni Deutsch.

The show, which was recorded June 26 at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, West Virginia, will feature live performances by dreamy indie poppers Lucius, acclaimed singer-songwriter Rachel Yamagata, New York-based rocker Margaret Glaspy, gothic blues artist Adia Victoria and West Virginia rock-and-roller William Matheny.

Back in June when Mountain Stage announced that Indigo Girls were returning to Mountain Stage September 18 in Charleston, WV, it only took a few hours for tickets to sell out. Sometimes we can't believe our own luck, as it turned out that September 18 we'd be joined by a country-music icon and her new band, Wynonna & the Big Noise.

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If you're reading this right now, chances are you made it out to last Sunday's #WhyListen First Listen Music Party at Shepherdstown's Town Run Brewing with MiBurg. If you did, we have a new music playlist waiting for you.

Courtesey of Mark Wolfe

R.E.M. made a historic visit to Charleston, WV on April 28, 1991 to perform on Mountain Stage.

Michael Cerveris
Josh Saul / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

In the wake of June’s devastating floods, West Virginians from all over mobilized to help those in need. High-profile natives like Brad Paisley and Jennifer Garner returned home to raise awareness as well as money, shining a light on a tragedy that claimed 23 lives and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes and businesses. But there are other big name West Virginians playing a part, too - even if they can't make it back home to do so. 

Earlier this year, Mountain Stage host, artistic director, and co-founder Larry Groce independently released “Live Forever,” his first full-length recording in over 27 years. Prompted by the encouragement of friends and family, the album is filled with some of Groce’s favorite songs, many of which, have been performed on the storied radio program since its inception in 1983.

Josh Saul

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 The Sea The Sea to Coyotes in BoxesQiet to Bud Carroll 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.

Josh Saul

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 Bud Carroll, Ona to Bishops and beyond.

But those interviews have been a bit infrequent, and since West Virginia Day was this month (and with A Change of Tune’s second birthday on the horizon), 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.

Aaron New

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 Rozwell Kid to Beach House drummer Graham Hill, Goodwolf to Teammate's Scott Simons 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.

Tom Passinetti / Mountain Stage

Do you have a ticket for THIS SUNDAY's live Mountain Stage in Charleston with Lake Street Dive, Seratones, Royal Wood, Lucy Wainwright Roche & Suzzy Roche and My Bubba? If you do, you're in for a treat. If you don't, you better hurry. As of this writing less than 60 tickets remain, available at The Clay Center Box Office, 304.561.3570, or HERE.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Guy Clark was a big man and he cast a large shadow of influence over country folk music – what’s come to be called Americana. As a songwriter, he combined the two elements that are always present in a good song, real poetry and skilled craftsmanship. He took pride in his craft. Both his songs and the guitars he made attest to his great talent and attention to detail. He had solid commercial success over the years with many singers covering his songs, but he’ll always be most admired for his artistry.

Joni Deutsch

If you're reading this right now, chances are you made it out to last Thursday's #WhyListen First Listen Music Party at The Grove @ Secret Sandwich Society. If you did, we have a new music playlist waiting for you.

Vasilia Scouras / Mountain Stage

If you're reading this right now, chances are you made it out to last night night's #WhyListen First Listen Music Party at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews in Charleston. If you did, we have a new music playlist waiting for ya.

Josh Saul

In January 2015, Blitzen Trapper, Birds of Chicago, Wild Child, Ruby Amanfu and Suitcase Junket joined Larry Groce onstage for a special Mountain Stage finale song - David Bowie's "Heroes."

Larry Groce Remembers Allen Toussaint

Nov 12, 2015
Josh Saul

"Allen Toussaint was the most genteel person ever to perform on Mountain Stage. The first time he came, he brought his daughter with him. She was a university student at the time and was just as polite, soft spoken and friendly as he was.

The 33rd season of Mountain Stage will begin on Sunday January 17 at the WVU Creative Arts Center in Morgantown, WV. As guests of WVU Arts & Entertainment, host Larry Groce will welcome indie rockers Blitzen Trapper, Nashville based singer Ruby Amanfu and Austin-based seven piece Wild Child.

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