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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.

Mountain Stage fans are a passionate lot. Last month, we announced the return of The Indigo Girls to our nationally-syndicated live performance radio program, leading to a totally sold out show within hours of the announcement.

Without our loyal fans and public radio members, there would be no Mountain Stage, and we never forget that. Which is why we invite you to join us on Sunday, September 18 at 7pm as we stream this live recording of Mountain Stage via VuHaus and MountainStage.org.

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.

Listen to Darlingside on Mountain Stage

Aug 30, 2016
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Combining influences that range from 60's folk and bluegrass to classical music 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 broadcast of Mountain Stage that also features Sam Bush, Chuck Prophet, Corb Lund and Patrick Sweany.

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Incendiary slide guitar master and Louisiana native Sonny Landreth returns to this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with a timely song he wrote for his fellow survivors of  Hurricane Katrina: Blue Tarp Blues. You'll also hear performances from Bob Schneider, David Berkeley, Lilly Hiatt, and Jackie Greene.

Listen to John Mark Nelson on Mountain Stage

Aug 17, 2016
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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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"Bramble Rose" was the title track on Tift Merritt's widely-acclaimed debut album, which was released in 2002. Over a decade later, The Eagles' Don Henley chose to kick off his long-awaited album of country songs with his own version of "Bramble Rose," which also featured vocals by Mick Jagger and country superstar Miranda Lambert. She revisits the song during this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, recorded live in Cook County, Minnesota.

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The most popular song from the Kentucky Headhunters platinum-selling Pickin' on Nashville album was almost never released:

This Sunday, July 31, point your browser to MountainStage.org at 7pm EST to watch a LIVE recording of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce via VuHaus.

Listen to Rhiannon Giddens on Mountain Stage

Jul 27, 2016
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Best known as the powerful lead singer of Grammy winning African American stringband The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens plays songs from her T-Bone Burnett-produced solo debut on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage.  Here she performs "Black is the Color," from her album Tomorrow is My Turn; on a show that also features The SteelDrivers, Sam Gleaves, Jesse Milnes and Emily Miller, and Alice Gerarrd.

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Musician Larry Campbell has long been regarded as one of Americana and country music's most respected and in-demand sidemen; backing Rosanne Cash, and serving as Levon Helm's longstanding musical director. Here he steps into the spotlight with his partner in life and music Teresa Williams with "Everybody Loves You," on a show that also features Jarekus Singleton, Los Aztex and Tyler Childers.

Listen to Chris Stapleton Live on Mountain Stage

Jul 12, 2016
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Since leaving beloved bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, Chris Stapleton has become one of Nashville's most respected and in-demand songwriters. He has written five number one songs for George Strait, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner; and his solo debut, The Traveller, was released to wide acclaim.

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When Bahamas first appeared on Mountain Stage a few years ago, they stole the show with their infectious mix of folk-influenced harmonies and indie rock hooks. Since then, they've received much deserved mainstream recognition, thanks in no small part to the song "All the Time in the World," which was heavily featured in a television ad campaign starring James Franco. They perform the song live on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who made four appearances on "Mountain Stage" starting in 1998, died Thursday from difficulties with skin cancer. He was 89. Continue reading to hear performances by Stanley of "Angel Band" and "Pretty Polly" as heard on Mountain Stage.

"Mountain Stage" host and artistic director Larry Groce had this to say:

The skies of Virginia and West Virginia opened last night as Ralph Stanley passed, and poured rain on his home in historic and tragic proportions. Perhaps it’s coincidence.
 

Listen to Pokey LaFarge on Mountain Stage

Jun 22, 2016
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Proclaiming “It’s not retro music, it’s American music that never died,” Pokey LaFarge takes to this week's Mountain Stage with songs from his new album," Something in the Water, including this one, "Wanna Be Your Man." You'll also hear performances by Dar Williams, Joe Pug, & Jill Sobule.

COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

Jerry Douglas and his Earls of Leicester will return to the Culture Center Theater in Charleston on Sunday, July 24, 2016, for West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s live-performance radio program Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.  Also appearing are Lera Lynn, and the duo of Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley.  

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The tight harmonies and furious guitar picking of the Milk Carton Kids recall the sounds of legendary folk duos like Simon and Garfunkel, along with Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. They make their second appearance on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, bringing with them this song, "City of our Lady." You'll also hear performances by Martin Sexton, Alison Brown, Feufollet, and Amy Speace.

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Darrell Scott visited Mountain Stage this past Sunday, and closed his set with a song by his friend Guy Clark. Here he performs "Deperados Waiting for a Train," accompanied by Bob Thompson on piano, Michael Lipton on slide guitar, and Ron Sowell on harmonica.

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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.

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NPR Music & West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is proud to announce its return to the Augusta Heritage Festival on Saturday, August 13.

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