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Shervin Lainez

Whether you call it indie pop, alt-folk or punk rock, Lady Lamb (aka Aly Spaltro)'s newest record is a force to be reckoned with. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter sat down to chat with me about her teenage aspirations, upcoming projects and why her moniker still works.

Josh Saul

  When Ryan Kennedy picks up a guitar, people pay attention. Kennedy has released his debut CD titled Something to Say– a collection of nine original compositions. The 34-year-old Berklee School of Music trained Charleston native is a member of both the Bob Thompson Unit and the Mountain Stage Band.

The Ryan Kennedy Trio will be performing at his CD release party – Friday, March 27 at Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, 702 Quarrier St, in Charleston at 8 p.m.

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Sexton and Lovell and Earle, oh my! We're off to see the wizard of live performance radio on this week's "Mountain Stage After Midnight." (Ruby red slippers are optional.)

Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners.  

e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

Musician Frank Hutchison was born in Raleigh County on March 20, 1897. As a child, he moved to Logan County, where he encountered blacks who had migrated from the Deep South to work in the southern West Virginia coalfields. After listening to the music all around him, Hutchison started merging the blues with traditional Appalachian mountain music. He also developed a distinct style, featuring his slide guitar and high-pitched vocals.

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If you've been listening to 'A Change of Tune' in recent months, you've probably heard tracks (and chats) from a number of West Virginia bands, including Goodwolf, Ona, Bishops, Coyotes in Boxes and more.

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Dar Williams was pretty spot-on when she sang, "And February was so long that it lasted into March." In honor of her weather woman ways (not to mention the fact that she's coming back to the Mountain Stage this May!), we're devoting part of this week's "Mountain Stage After Midnight" to the legendary crooner.

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A Shepherd University graduate scored big with judges last week on NBC’s, “The Voice.”

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Can't make it Europe to celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Don your best green and join Mountain Stage as we open up the archives for some great Celtic music.

Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners.  

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

So that snow thing? It's still happening. (Sadly.) So we're going to make the best of it by catching up on some cool (pun intended) archived Red Molly and Drive-By Truckers before they each hit the Mountain Stage later this month. 

Craig Kief

Singer-songwriter Sam Beam has been releasing indie folk records under the name Iron & Wine for over a decade. With his newest release, Archive Series Volume No. 1, Beam's going back to basics with bedroom folk melodies and down-home whispers. We talk about his music, his new short film, "Dreamers and Makers are My Favorite People" (which features footage from his 2014 stop at the Jerry Run Summer Theater in West Virginia) and, of course, his infamous beard. 

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

After last week's crazy winter blast, we need something to warm our spirits (and fingers... and feet... and snow-covered cars). Let Buckwheat Zydeco, JD McPherson and Pokey LaFarge bring a little glow to your radio on this week's "Mountain Stage After Midnight." Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. 

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Mountain Stage is all you need when it comes to music discovery.

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

This Valentine's Day weekend, let Mountain Stage be the Abigail Washburn to your Bela Fleck and the Julie Miller to your Buddy Miller. Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. 

Hear some musically-minded couples this Saturday February 14 and Sunday February 15 on "Mountain Stage After Midnight."

Rhiannon Giddens

This past winter has been a hectic one for Carolina Chocolate Drops frontwoman Rhiannon Giddens. Between recording Dylan covers with Marcus Mumford and Elvis Costello under the moniker The New Basement Tapes and dueting with Iron & Wine's Sam Beam on NBC's Parenthood series finale, she's somehow found time to release her solo recording debut, Tomorrow is My Turn. If you're a fan of spellbinding interpretations of Americana classics, this interview and music are recommended for you.

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Punxsutawney Phil might have put a damper on your mood (seriously, more winter?), but this weekend's "Mountain Stage After Midnight" is sure to make your weekend feel better, brighter and at least 20 degrees warmer.  Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. 

Chris Graham

It's taken two years for Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf's The Bearer of Bad News to reach the States, but now we can finally hear why this Saskatchewan crooner is being hailed as "the next Nick Drake." Without a doubt, Shauf's folk is the kind of folk that makes you pause. If you're a fan of lush, contemplative songwriting, this interview and music are recommended for you.

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Four Mountain Stage performances enter, two Mountain Stage performances leave. So who was it going to be: legendary country music offspring Rosanne Cash, legendary singer-songwriter Randy Newman, bluegrass maestro Del McCoury or folk-rock duo The Civil Wars?

Brooke Fraser

It's hard to believe that it's been four years since Brooke Fraser released infectious folk pop songs like "Something in the Water." What's even crazier is the New Zealand singer-songwriter's brand new record, which effectively transforms that lighthearted acoustic pop princess into an electrifying alternative pop queen. If you're a fan of Lorde-esque soundscapes that are filled with depth, darkness and beauty, this interview and music are recommended for you.

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

A pinch of folk, a dash of soul and a good dollop of bluegrass. Mix it all together and what do you get? This week's "Mountain Stage After Midnight!" Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Broadcasting, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" takes the best episodes from the show's 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. Each week we'll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes that'll alternate order each night. 

Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage

Last year, "Mountain Stage After Midnight" posed a question to its music-loving fans: Who do you want to listen to overnight weekends? You voted on our Facebook, we tallied'em up and Bela Fleck and Robert Cray were crowned the victors.

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