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e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / Michael Keller

Composer and performer Robert Drasnin was born in Charleston on November 17, 1927. His parents were Eastern European immigrants who met while working at a munitions factory in Nitro, about 15 miles west of Charleston.

When Drasnin was 10, his family moved to California. In high school, he played sax and clarinet in an all-star band that provided music for Hoagy Carmichael’s NBC radio show. He also performed with big band leaders Tommy Dorsey and Les Brown. His 1959 solo release, Voodoo, remains a classic of the “exotica” genre.

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A song beloved by West Virginians will now represent the state across the country. The West Virginia Tourism Office is hoping the song will help promote the state.

The West Virginia Tourism Office says it has obtained rights to use the song "Take Me Home, Country Roads" in marketing and will begin this week.

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Grammy winning songwriter and producer Dan Wilson performs his rendition of "Someone Like You," live on Mountain Stage. Wilson co-wrote and produced the song with Adele, for her tremendously successful album "21."

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Rock-and-rolling Martingsburg, West Virginian Christian Lopez returns to the Mountain Stage on the campus of West Virginia University for a performance of "Steel on the Water" from his brand new release Red Arrow.

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Well now you think of love as sitting on a mountain. Think of it as being a great big rock. Won't you think before you started to roll it down. Because once you start it, you can't make it stop.

Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist Robert Cray returns to the Mountain Stage with a take on Bill Withers' "The Same Love that Made Me Laugh" that's sure to stir our soul. 

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A classic Southern soul band tinged with a fiery lead singer, St. Paul & the Broken Bones return to the Mountain Stage with a move'n and groove'n performance of "Flow with It."

This Sunday, September 24, point your browser to MountainStage.org at 7pm EST to watch a LIVE recording of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce via VuHaus.

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Even if you don’t recognize the name Charlie McCoy, you’ve probably heard his music. Many of the great musicians who recorded in Nashville over the past fifty years have played with McCoy, a native of West Virginia who’s been working in the Nashville music industry for over five decades. He’s recorded with some of the best known country music and rock and roll legends, including Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, and George Jones. Charlie McCoy's new memoir is called 50 Cents and a Box Top

Melissa Stilwell

30 days, 30 brand new #WVmusic interviews. Without a doubt, June was a wild, wonderful month to remember.

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"[West Virginia] affects everything about how I do my job and the way I live my life."

Mrs. Husband

"For better or worse, I can’t seem to do anything other than exactly what I feel compelled to do any given day, can’t seem to make a type of music just because I want to make that type of music."

Roberto Cavolo / Two Dollar Radio

"We want to always have this doomed artist cliche that doesn't exist, but there's always these other individuals as a part of the story as well."

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"It wouldn’t be considered commercially viable [as a traditional music venue]... and that’s what makes it unique.”

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From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and A Change of Tune, this is 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.  

And today's interview is with an Appalachian quartet who are creating a new mountain sound for the next generation. This… is Apple Pappy.

Chris Workman

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and A Change of Tune, this is 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.  

And today's interview is with an Appalachian acoustic punk rocker who isn’t afraid to sing about hills, pills and unpaid bills. This... is Sheldon Vance.

Sean Seaman

“Every community is bound to bare some sort of sound and champion that, but it’s not as definite as it used to be.”

Melissa Stilwell

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting and A Change of Tune, this is 30 Days of #WVmusic, the interview series celebrating the folks who make the West Virginia music scene wild and wonderful.  

And today's interview is with the Huntington drummer with the best seat in the house, keeping time for William Matheny and Tyler Childers. This... is Rod Elkins.

Samantha Waldron

“We felt that by coming together to write authentic music, we offer a modern-day "sound treaty" to the legends and heroes of grassroots, outlaw country and bluegrass music.”

This Sunday, June 25, point your browser to MountainStage.org at 7pm EST to watch a LIVE recording of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce via VuHaus.

Craig Acheson

People ask, “It’s a rock school. How do they graduate from this?” And I always say, “We win (and they graduate) when they go make music, play in bands and go out into the community on their own. That’s when everyone wins.” 

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