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Brian Blauser

Singer, Songwriter and pianist Allen Toussaint was not only a New Orleans institution, but musician's musician who was responsible for many of the most popular tunes in the American songbook.

Brian Blauser

Acclaimed singer-songwriter James McMurtry makes his 10th appearance on Mountain Stage this weekend, with songs from his first new album in 7 years, Complicated Game.

Josh Saul

It's always a special occasion when Ray Wylie Hubbard returns to Mountain Stage.

Josh Saul

This past Sunday, 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." Look for the full episode in March.

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Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, the long-running live-performance radio program based in Charleston, WV, is pleased to announce it will record episode #866 before a live audience in Lexington, Kentucky, on Sunday April 3, 2016. This will mark the first time Mountain Stage has ever recorded its live performance radio program in Lexington. Tickets are available now.

Brian Blauser

Born and raised in the Clay County West Virginia town of Ivydale; David Morris and his brother John became an important link between oldtime masters like Ira Mullins and the new breed of folk and traditional artists in West Virginia.

Brian Blauser

Like many of the most beloved artists who perform on Mountain Stage, singer-songwriter and guitarist Mac McAnally may not be a household name, but his music might as well be.

Brian Blauser

Black Prairie began as a bluegrass-influenced side project lead by 3 of the 5 members of indie rock band The Decemberists. 

Brian Blauser

It's no stretch to call Catherine Russell one of the most respected and versatile singers working today.

Josh Saul

From Northampton, Massachusetts; beloved folk-rocker Stephen Kellogg returns to Mountain Stage this week with a band that includes Miranda Mulholland of the Great Lake Swimmers. He closes his set with crowd favorite "The Bear," on this week's all new broadcast.

Brian Blauser

Outspoken and charismatic Native American activist John Trudell died this week. While Trudell’s triumphs and tragedies as an activist and leader are chronicled in this NYT obituary, Trudell was also an important musician, author, and poet who brought his songs and spoken word pieces to Mountain Stage multiple times. Larry Groce remembers:

Josh Saul

Singer and songwriter Craig Finn is best known as the frontman of the raucous punk-influenced rock band The Hold Steady. But in his solo work, Finn turns his focus to quiet themes of perseverance and redemption. Here he perfroms the song "Christine," from his latest album Faith in the Future.

UPDATE: (Tuesday December 8, 2015) The entire allotment of advance tickets to see Wilco perform on Mountain Stage Valentine's Day 2016 sold out in just over an hour. Sign-up for the Mountain Stage newsletter to be the first to know about future updates.

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Brian Blauser

For the Thanksgiving holiday, Mountain Stage revisits one of its favorite broadcasts of this decade - a 2011 show which featured Jason Isbell, James McMurtry, Blitzen Trapper and Matthew Sweet. The episode closes with a set from Dawes, who perform this song, "A Little Bit of Everything."

Brian Blauser

First Family of the Banjo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn return to Mountain Stage this week, with songs from the first album they've recorded together as a duo.

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.

Brian Blauser

Combining influences that range from 60's folk and bluegrass to classical and indie rock, Massachusetts-based quartet Darlingside perform lush, cinematic songs around a single microphone. Here they perform "God of Loss" from this week's premier broadcast of Mountain Stage.

Brian Blauser

Incendiary slide guitar master and Louisiana native Sonny Landreth returns to this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with a song he wrote for his fellow survivors of  Hurricane Katrina: Blue Tarp Blues.

Can't make it to this weekend's Mountain Stage? There's a stream for that!

Josh Saul

Even though he's just in his early 20's, Twin Cities based indie-folk artist John Mark Nelson's name has already begun to be mentioned alongside other longstanding Minnesota musical heavyweights like The Jayhawks, Trampled by Turtles, Low, and Dan Wilson.  Here he performs "Dream Last Night," backed by his own band, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

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