Larry Groce

Disney Music Memories
3:50 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Larry Groce: How a Junk Food Junkie Became a Mouseketeer

Mountain Stage host Larry Groce holding his platinum records for Disney's Children's Favorite Songs.
Credit 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).

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Storyteller Award
4:54 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

The People Behind Mountain Stage - Vasilia Scouras and Jeff Shirley

Vasilia Scouras and Jeff Shirley are two of the people behind Mountain Stage
Credit 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.

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12:52 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Three Reasons to Get ALL ACCESS from Mountain Stage tonight

Credit 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. 

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10:09 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Tori Amos Covers Nirvana on 1992 Mountain Stage Performance

Tori Amos performing on Mountain Stage September 20, 1992.
Credit 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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11:49 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Hear the "Best of" Mountain Stage 2013

2013 was the 30th Anniversary of "Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce." Hear a special episode Saturday April 5 at 8pm on WV Public Radio.
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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.

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1:50 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

New Live Shows Announced for Mountain Stage

Rodney Crowell feat. Steuart Smith & Friends will perform on Mountain Stage Sunday May 18 in Charlesto. Tickets are on sale Thursday March 20.
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.

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Larry Groce Speaks About Writing Songs
2:45 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Mountain Stage Host Featured Speaker at Creators Program Workshop

Larry Groce, host and artistic director of Mountain Stage

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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From the Archives
2:34 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Townes Van Zandt on Mountain Stage

Townes Van Zandt signs the wall at the Captiol Plaza Theater in Charleston, WV as Guy Clark looks on.
Credit Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage / mountain stage

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."

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Mountain Stage
3:21 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Asleep at the Wheel - "Hesitation Blues"- Live from Mountain Stage

Credit 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."

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3:21 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Mountain Stage Offers FREE Admission to Thank Community After Water Crisis

Mountain Stage celebrated their 30th anniversary in December 2013. This Sunday's show kicks off the 2014 season. The show's producers wanted to thank members of the community who helped during the recent water crisis by offering the show free to the public.
Credit 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.

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Bonus Features
1:00 pm
Sat January 4, 2014

Mountain Stage at 30: Songs From the Doc (Part Six)

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.

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Bonus Features
8:45 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Mountain Stage at 30: Songs From The Doc (Part One)

Credit 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.

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4:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

The Birth of a Radio Show: 'Mountain Stage at 30' Preview

Andy Ridenour and Larry Groce first met in 1976
Credit 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. 

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A dramatic radio series
2:59 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

The Last Forest Collection on West Virginia Public Radio Presents

A railroad passes through the old forest.

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."

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