Mountain Stage Song of the Week

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
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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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Lovingly referred to as The First Family of the Banjo, partners in love, life and music Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn return to the Mountain Stage for an extended set on this week's broadcast.

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Singing-dancing-acting duo Nancy And Beth (aka actresses Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt) make their Mountain Stage debut in grand style on this week's broadcast. While you'll have to wait to hear their cover of Gucci Mane's "I Don't Love Her" on the Mountain Stage podcast, you'll be able to hear their heartstring-pulling take on "Waiting for My Child" (as originally performed by The Consolers, Mavis Staples and Patty Griffin).

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Prodigiously talented musician Sarah Jarosz returns to Mountain Stage this week with songs from her new album Undercurrent. Here she performs "House of Mercy" on a show that also features Robbie Fulks, Over the Rhine, The Black Lillies and Steve Forbert.

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One of the best break-out Americana acts out of the Keystone State, Pennsylvania trio The Stray Birds return to the Mountain Stage with this radio-ready performance of their new tune "Radio." Catch it on over 200+ NPR stations during this week's all-new Mountain Stage broadcast.

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Claire Lynch is an accomplished country artist. Just ask Dolly Parton, who credits Lynch with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today."

Backed by her award-winning acoustic ensemble, she offers a thoughtful reinterpretation of Dave Francey's "Empty Train" on this week's all-new Mountain Stage broadcast.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, over the weekend, Pres. Donald Trump will reach his 100 day mark in office. 

As a part of our series "100 Days in Appalachia," Beth Vorhees checks in with Dave Mistich, the managing editor of the project, about the stories they've shared in the first 100 days and what to expect in the future.

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Warren Zevon was a beloved cult hero in the world of rock music. Born in Chicago but raised on the West Coast, Zevon began his music career as a classical piano student before broadening his admiration of Stravinsky to The Everly Brothers and other folk and pop icons.

Zevon’s stoic vocals and gallows songwriting led to critical acclaim and popular success, eventually leading to his 1978 hit “Werewolves of London.” Although he could certainly be “Mr. Bad Example,” Zevon was an artist’s artist, one that we were proud to welcome twice to the Mountain Stage

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Roots rock standard-bearers the Bottle Rockets return to Mountain Stage this week. Here the Bottle Rockets perform their song "Dog," which showcases lead singer Brian Henneman's irreverent humor, as well as his love for his canine friend.

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Since they first met as students in Syracuse, New York, Ra Ra Riot has put a decade of experience performing under its collective belt. They draw influence from the experimental side classic rock like The Police and Talking Heads, but they also feature a small string section, which sometimes leads to their music being called "chamber pop," like in this performance of "Water."

Wilco, Jeff Tweedy, Space Oddity
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Since their formation as an alt-country influenced group in the mid 90's, Chicago-based band Wilco have evolved into the de facto standard bearers for experimental and indie rock. They close their Mountain Stage set this week with a cover of the late David Bowie's masterpiece "Space Oddity."

Listen: Larry Groce Perform on NPR's Mountain Stage

Feb 1, 2017
Larry Groce
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Although he's hosted over 850 episodes, it's been a long time since Mountain Stage host Larry Groce has performed a set of his own on the show. But he does this week, with songs from his first album in over two decades, Live Forever.

This week's broadcast also features performances from seminal indie pop band Guster, established singer and entertainer Robert Earl Keen, and Americana folk band The Westies.

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Since their formation in 2000, Portland-based indie rock band Blitzen Trapper have played nearly every major festival in America and shared the stage with the likes of Iron & Wine and Wilco. Here they play "Black River Killer" from this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.

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Best known for his 1971 acoustic pop hit "Sunshine," Jonathan Edwards also has a solid background in country, folk, and bluegrass music. Here he performs the traditional song "I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground," from this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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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 2015 set with crowd favorite "The Bear" on this week's encore broadcast.

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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, as we can hear on this Mountain Stage performance of "Christine" from his latest album Faith in the Future.

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Over the course of nearly half a century, NRBQ - which stands for "New Rhythm and Blues Quartet" - has earned the distinction of being one of the most finely tuned bands in America, with plenty of swing. Lead by founder and pianist Terry Adams, Scott Ligon takes the lead on this Mountain Stage performance of "Waitin' on my Sweetie Pie."

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As Don Henley's long-time writing partner, JD Souther has had his hands in some of the most memorable pop songs of all time,  including "The New Kid in Town" and "Best of My Love." But here, Souther teams up with Mountain Stage favorite Nellie McKay to cover another legendary songwriter: Cole Porter's standard "Every Time We Say Goodbye."

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As the year winds down and we prepare for the camaraderie of Thanksgiving, Mountain Stage looks back at some of our favorite performances of 2016. One of those performances comes from The Wood Brothers, an established folk-soul trio from Nashville whose latest release Paradise was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.

Listen to Darlingside on Mountain Stage

Aug 30, 2016
Brian Blauser

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.

Brian Blauser

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
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.

Josh Saul

"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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