Larry Groce

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.

Courtesy of Fret and Fiddle

This week on Inside Appalachia we pay tribute to fiddler Joe Dobbs, who passed away September 21st at the age of 81. For 25 years he hosted a radio show, called Music From the Mountains, on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Josh Saul

Since this week's A Change of Tune is dedicated to indie/alternative takes on Disney music, it would only make sense to chat with West Virginia Public Radio's very own Mouseketeer, Larry Groce. His contributions to records like Disney's Children's Favorite Songs ​and Disney's Christmas Favorites were understated (you'll never see his smiling, bearded face on a record cover) but impactful (millennials know how "Froggie Went A-Courtin'," thanks to Larry).

Josh Saul

Mountain Stage is West Virginia's calling card to the world, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's premier program. On show night, everyone sees Larry Groce, Adam Harris, Julie Adams, Bob Thompson and the other musicians on stage.

But behind the Stage is a small team of people who make sure the tickets get sold, the musicians make it there on time, and everyone gets paid. And two of them went WAY above and beyond in May and June to be our Storyteller Award winners: Vasilia Scouras and Jeff Shirley.

Larry Groce Bobblehead
Vasilia Scouras / Mountain Stage

UPDATE: ALL ACCESS tickets have sold out. If you haven't purchased a ticket or reserved a seat but would like to participate in cocktail hour and the silent auction, a suggested donation of $50 is requested. If you can't attend and would like to make a donation, simply click here.

Mountain Stage is hosting "ALL ACCESS," a fundraiser to benefit the Mountain Stage Digital Archive Project. Tickets are still available, but seating is limited.

Money raised will go towards digitizing, indexing and building a web-portal where the world will be able to hear all 800+ episodes of Mountain Stage. Everyone who attends is helping build the digital archive of over 2,000 hours of unique, exciting live performances. 

Mountain Stage Archive

On Thursday April 10 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted seminal grunge rockers Nirvana into its 2014 class. The next morning the internet was abuzz about the female-led performances that honored the group’s late front-man Kurt Cobain(1967-1994). Reunited Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were joined on stage by Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde to pay homage to the late grunge-music icon.

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Join us on WV Public Radio Saturday, April 5 at 8p.m. for a special edition of "Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce." You'll hear a "Best of 2013" review of the show's historic 30th year of live performance radio, curated by host and artistic director Larry Groce and "Mountain Stage" staff.

You'll be front-and-center for performances by Dawes, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Loudon Wainwright, Jason Isbell, Jesse Winchester and many more.

David McClister

Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce announces four new events scheduled at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston. Tickets for all four events go on sale Thursday, March 20 at 8 a.m.

Larry Groce, the host and artistic director of Mountain Stage is speaking at the annual Creators Program Workshop tomorrow at the West Virginia State University (WVSU) Economic Development Center (EDC) from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. His topic is "What Songs Do."

The center is located at 1506 Kanawha Blvd. W. in Charleston. The event is free but registration is requested. To register, visit

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Legnedary Texas singer and songwriter Townes Van Zandt made three appearances on "Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce" before his death in 1997. In honor of his birthday we're sharing two songs from his 1995 appearance; "If I Needed You" and "Buckskin Stallion Blues."

Asleep at the Wheel
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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."

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

So many West Virginians have responded to the water crisis by helping their community. We’ve checked on elderly neighbors, we’ve delivered bottled water to the needy. Our emergency workers have put in long hours to restore our way of life.

So we’re saying “thank you” on Sunday by making this week’s Mountain Stage show free to the public. People who attend the show will be encouraged to donate to non-profit groups that are helping people hurt by the crisis.

I'm sad to report that this sixth 'Songs From the Doc' post marks the penultimate in the series that documents the music used in 'Mountain Stage at 30: A Radio Retrospective'. It's been a lot of fun putting these posts together and being able to share the music that's help shape the history and identity of the show.

These Mountain Stage performances from the 1980s will be digitized as part of the Digital Archive Project.
Josh Saul / Mountain Stage

Probably--well, not probably, most definitely--the most fun part of producing a documentary on 30 years of Mountain Stage is getting to cull through the archives of 2,000 hours of live performance radio. It's daunting, humbling, and exciting all in one. There's music recorded on virtually every format: reel to reel, DAT, miniDisc--you name it--they've got it on that medium.

Andy Ridenour and Larry Groce
Mountain Stage

Have you ever wondered how Mountain Stage got started? Retrace the show's history Thursday (Thanksgiving) night at 8:00 p.m., when Mountain Stage at 30: A Radio Retrospective premieres on West Virginia Public Radio.

Listen to a preview of how Larry Groce, Andy Ridenour and Francis Fisher helped start this West Virginia tradition and how they've keep the show going strong for 30 years.

West Virginia Public Radio Presents is broadcast Thursdays at 9 p.m. and features a variety of insightful programs that explore life, politics, and culture in and around the Mountain State.

Produced by Larry Groce (host of Mountain Stage) these three one-hour programs  dramatize five of the short stories from G.D. McNeill’s book, "The Last Forest."