Mountain Stage Song of the Week

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, this year’s West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year is a Pittsburgh native who hails these days from the Morgantown area.

Here at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, we know Larry Dowling as a production manager -- but he’s also a videographer, lighting designer, grip, gaffer, director, and just about any other role you could think of on a film set. Inside Appalachia’s host, Jessica Lilly spoke with Larry after he won the award.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we preview of our weekend radio show, Inside Appalachia. The latest episode, we visit communities impacted by the creation of flood-control lakes.

Like the Village of Lilly, where in the 1940s, about 40 families were pushed off their land along the Bluestone River in Summers County. Many of these families had lived there for more than 200 years.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, as the number of coal mining jobs continues to decline in central Appalachia, hemp is getting a lot of attention as one way to diversify eastern Kentucky’s post-coal economy. But the region’s growing hemp industry is riddled with uncertainty.

The lack of land suitable for growing hemp and its association with marijuana pose significant challenges. Rachel Cramer, from our partners at WGBH and The GroundTruth Project, has that story.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, 87-year-old Jim Shaffer has had his hands busy since 1946. He is the last commercial broom-maker left in West Virginia. On Saturday, Sept. 30, a short film about Shaffer will be screened at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public.

State folklorist Emily Hilliard teamed up with Inside Appalachia earlier this year to produce the story, as part of a collaboration between West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the West Virginia Folklife Program.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, geologic studies indicate West Virginia is the largest geothermal hotspot on the East Coast. So why don’t we hear more about it? Liz McCormick reports, some counties in West Virginia have been pushing the envelope for a future in geothermal energy use.

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

The hardest of hardcore troubadours, outlaw country's own Steve Earle returns on this week's brand new broadcast of Mountain Stage with a turn back of time to 1988's "Copperhead Road." 

Josh Saul

This week's broadcast of Mountain Stage marks the return of two voices: the first in special guest host Joni Deutsch, and the second in classically eclectic pop maestro Kishi Bashi. 

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In the fall of 2017, Bruce Cockburn will join Neil Young in being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. But before he does, you'll be able to hear his brand new Mountain Stage performance on 200+ NPR stations. That includes the song "Lovers in a Dangerous Time," a quite-relevant piece of Top 40's pop culture that highlights the hopefulness in a hopeless world.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, pipeline protesters have been camped along the Potomac River in Maryland and West Virginia all summer long. They don’t want to see the 3.5-mile TransCanada natural gas pipeline built underneath the river. Liz McCormick reports, pipeline supporters argue the line is critical to expanding natural gas resources to businesses and homes in the growing Eastern Panhandle. 

Josh Saul / Mountain Stage

Revered singers and songwriters Billy Bragg and Joe Henry perform on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with songs that celebrate the wide-open romance of the American railroad.

Here they perform the John Hartford classic "Gentle on My Mind" in a show that also features performances by Chris Smither, Robert Ellis, LAU, and Kaia Kater.

Brian Blauser

Wynonna Judd makes her Mountain Stage debut during this week's episode, where she wins a new audience over in a matter of seconds with her powerful voice and magnetic stage presence. She closes her set with the song "Things That I Lean On," in a show that also features sets by the Indigo Girls, Lydia Loveless and Patty Larkin.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we hear the next part of our ongoing series, The Struggle to stay. For the past few months, we’ve met four West Virginians who are struggling to find a way to earn a living -- and debating whether the struggle is worth staying in Appalachia. Most recently, we’ve been hearing the story of Crystal Snyder, a mother of two who's working a new job with a program called Refresh Appalachia, which is helping her learn how to farm. Roxy Todd has been spending the past year and a half following Crystal and helping her document her story.

Josh Saul

This week's Mountain Stage Song of the week features our own Bob Thompson, with his take on the classic American folk tune "Shenandoah," which was recorded live on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, the small town of Harpers Ferry in the Eastern Panhandle is often referred to as a gateway into West Virginia. It was a prominent place during the American Civil War-- the site of John Brown’s Raid. Today, it’s home to the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park as well as nearly 300 residents.

The park, along with the commercial area of the town, sees thousands of visitors each year from around the country and all over the world. In June, Harpers Ferry elected a new mayor –Wayne Bishop. Liz McCormick sat down with Bishop to hear how he plans to lead the iconic West Virginia town.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, President Donald Trump’s visit to West Virginia Thursday was eclipsed by a major announcement from a state official during his campaign rally in Huntington. Trump was joined on stage by Democratic Gov. Jim Justice, whose announcement that he is switching party affiliation is sending shockwaves through the state’s political circles.

Listen: Leftover Salmon on Mountain Stage

Aug 2, 2017
Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Jamgrass heroes Leftover Salmon return to Mountain Stage this week, with a song that contemplates West Virginia History: "Blair Mountain."

Listen: William Matheny on NPR's Mountain Stage

Jul 19, 2017
Josh Saul

This week's broadcast of Mountain Stage proudly introduces two very deserving West Virginia voices: the first in special guest host Joni Deutsch, and the second in Mannington native William Matheny in his solo debut.

Here he performs "Living Half to Death," from his new album Strange Constellations, on a show that also features sets by Lucius, Rachel Yamagata, Adia Victoria and Margaret Glaspy.

Listen: Hayes Carll on NPR's Mountain Stage

Jul 5, 2017
Brian Blauser

Praised by Anthony DeCurtis as the "inheritor of the Texas songwriting tradition that includes Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle,” Hayes Carll has earned a reputation as one of the finest troubadours Texas has to offer.

On this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage, he performs "Sake of the Song" from his album Lovers and Leavers

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Today marks one year since floods devastated many parts of West Virginia, killing 23 people and causing major damage to many communities, including homes, businesses and schools.

Brian Blauser

Inspired by trailblazers like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and the traditional songs of the ‘50s folk revival, Judy Collins embarked on a career that has lasted more than five decades - and is still going strong. She's joined during her set by respected singer and songwriter Ari Hest. Here they perform, "I Choose Love," from this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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