Mountain Stage

Josh Saul

Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen was so beloved by the audience in Charleston that he was asked to perform an encore at the end of his set - a Mountain Stage rarity. Here he is playing "Don't Mess With Karma," from this week's premier broadcast.

Andy Ridenour and Larry Groce
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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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New West Virginia Public Radio documentary features more than 10 artist interviews

Broadcast date(s):.Thursday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. on West Virginia Public Radio                                

Additional broadcasts on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 9 p.m.

Brian Blauser

Even though they don't perform together as often as they once did, singer-songwriter and guitarist Buddy Miller; along with his wife and songwriting partner Julie Miller, are widely regarded as on of the most important duos in Americana and country music. Here they perform "All My Tears," written by Julie Miller, on this episode of Mountain Stage recorded in December 2001.

Brian Blauser

The Marshall and Huntington communities remember the 75 that lost their lives in a place crash on November 14, 1970, the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inducts a new class on Saturday, Classical Music host Jim Lange speaks with a guest maestro for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and Jesse Winchester performs "That's What Makes You Strong" on this Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

Brian Blauser

Recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, this week's Mountain Stage broadcast features iconic singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe, Bombadil, the John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band, and Scott Miller with fiddler Rayna Gellert.

Listen Sunday at 2pm on West Virginia Public Radio, or on one of over 130 public radio stations around America.

Brian Blauser

Many try - but Jesse Winchester is among the elite group of songwriters who can truly captivate an audience with just his words, his voice, and an acoustic guitar. Here he performs "That's What Makes You Strong" in front of an entranced Morgantown audience, from this week's premier broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.

Brian Blauser

Mountain Stage celebrates its 800th  during this week's broadcast, with Ani DiFranco, Dawes, Dave Mason, and Red Baraat.

Listen Sunday at 2pm on West Virginia Public Radio, or on one of over 130 public radio stations around America.

Dave Mason
Brian Blauser

West Virginia's political center seems to be abandoning its roots in the southern part of the state, a new program helps homeschoolers collaborate with one another, a report from the Trans Tech Conference in Morgantown, and Dave Mason performs "We Just Disagree" on this Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

Brian Blauser

English singer-songwriter and musician Dave Mason has had his hand in countless classic rock staples, including his chart-topping single "We Just Disagree." He performs it here, on the special 800th episode of Mountain Stage.

Josh Saul

This weekend you can hear the second of the two episodes that Mountain Stage recorded on the road in Grand Marais, Minnesota this fall. Iconic folk singer Tom Paxton closes the show, and Lori McKenna shows why she’s one of the most respected and in-demand singer-songwriters working today. Matraca Berg plays a few of the hits she’s written for others, along with the songs only she sings best. Andrew Walesch recalls classic jazz and lounge vocals.

Josh Saul

Lori McKenna has become one of Nashville's most in-demand singer-songwriters, even though she didn't begin making music of her own until she was in her mid-20's. Here she performs "If I Could By This Town," on an episode of Mountain Stage recorded on the north shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

Josh Saul

This week's episode of Mountain Stage is our first of two recorded on the shores of Lake Superior at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Going strong for 30 years, you'll hear alt-rock institution The BoDeans make their fifth appearance on the show. Comprised of members of Duluth's Trampled By Turtles, Dead Man Winter make their Mountain Stage debut. The Pines bring their evocative and atmospheric brand of northern Midwest alt Americana.

The Pines - "Rise Up and Be Lonely"

Oct 23, 2013
Josh Saul

The lush, dark, and atmospheric sounds Twin Cities band The Pines evoke the steely autumn breeze coming off the shore of Lake Superior, where this week's premiere episode of Mountain Stage was recorded.

Find your local affiliate and listen to the entire show this week.

Brian Blauser

This week's premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce features the banjo-clad indie pop of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Roots rock heroes The Bottle Rockets close out the show with some new songs and old favorites like "Thousand Dollar Car" and "Radar Gun." Kentucky native and cello master Ben Sollee fuses chamber pop, hip hop, classical, and jazz.

Bottle Rockets - "Big Lotsa Love"

Oct 17, 2013
bottle rockets on mounain stage 2013
Brian Blauser

Roots rock heroes The Bottle Rockets return to Mountain Stage with a love song - and a story - inspired by a new guitar, and frontman Brian Henneman's wife's favorite discount shopping location.

Find your local affiliate and listen to the entire show this week.

Bill Monroe on Mountain Stage 1989
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This week's special broadcast from the Mountain Stage archives looks back to 1989, when we were joined by the father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe. Here he plays what many consider to be his signature tune, "Uncle Pen."

Find your local affiliate and listen to the entire show this week.

Mountain Stage, founded in 1983, is celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year. The show recently recorded it's land-mark 800th episode. A capacity crowd at the Clay Center was in attendance to see performances by folk-singer Ani DiFranco, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Dave Mason, California rockers Dawes and the high-energy, horn-driven Brooklyn group Red Baraat. WV Public Radio listeners can hear the entire show Sunday November 10 at 2pm. 

Tim O'Brien and Larry Groce
Dave Mistich

West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage celebrated 30 years of live performance radio at the Americana Music Association's Conference in Nashville last week. Host Larry Groce and Producer Adam Harris were joined by singer-songwriters Tim O'Brien, Kim Richey and Chip Taylor for a special panel to discuss the show's history and its impact on American music and culture.

Here are a few images taken during the hour-long panel, which featured discussion and performances: 

"After Midnight" finale from Mountain Stage

Sep 18, 2013

The Mountain Stage finale is always something special and something that you often don't hear on the radio broadcast of the show. 

We were lucky enough to have a camera at a recent Mountain Stage and we captured this nice version of JJ Cale's "After Midnight". Cale performed on Mountain Stage in 1996 and recently passed away.

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