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Todd Paris/Mountain Stage

Did you hear? Our good friend Tift Merritt is returning to Mountain Stage this fall! Since we have such a “Sweet Spot” for the singer-songwriter, we’ll look back at one of her last performances (in Alaska, no less!) on this week’s Mountain Stage After Midnight

Max Nolte

There's no place like public radio when it comes to discovering new and emerging music. And there's no better time than today to be a part of West Virginia's budding music scene.

That's why I was so excited to be a part of NPR's Heavy Rotation to talk about my love for Ona, a Huntington band that has been on my radar for a while but will be on the world's radar soon enough.

Roxy Todd

The 1930s, 40s, and 50s in Charleston- before the decline in mining jobs caused many African Americans to leave Kanawha County- those years were electric with music that could be found throughout the city on almost any night of the week. That’s what Hubert "Rabbit" Jones remembers.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Another week, another weekend of live performance radio courtesy of #MSAM.

B. Hockensmith Photography / All Good Festival, 2011

An estimated 11,000-15,000 people attended the All Good Music Festival upon its return to West Virginia this past weekend.

 

B. Hockensmith Photography / All Good Festival, 2011

It’s been four years since the All Good Music Festival has been in West Virginia. After spending almost a decade in Preston County, then two years in Ohio, and taking a hiatus last year, the festival comes back to the Mountain State to Jefferson County. It begins Thursday and ends Sunday, July 11.

While the festival is loved by many because of its line-up of big-name bands and relaxed atmosphere, it’s also developed a reputation for heavy traffic and drugs.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Between the two of them, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have appeared on Mountain Stage over 15 times in the last twenty years. Until the First Family of the Banjo make their next appearance on the show (get to writing, Bela/Abby!), we'll go ahead and listen back to their past pick'n tunes on Mountain Stage After Midnight.

Since July 2014, A Change of Tune has vowed to never play the same exact song twice. Why? Because we like the challenge of playing new and exciting music each week, not to mention the fact that we want to give our listeners a music discovery experience every time they listen.

 

But this weekend, we’re flipping the script.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

When you think of something being solar powered, what do you picture? Solar panels on roofs, bridges, in fields, maybe you think of solar cars. But what about a solar musician?

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

What if I told you that Neko Case, Vic Chesnutt, Colin Hay and The Proclaimers took the same stage years ago? And what if I told you that it all happened in good ol' Charleston, WV. Don’t believe me? Hear it for yourself this weekend on 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.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Saturday is West Virginia Day! In our opinion, the best way to celebrate the Mountain State of West Virginia is with some music from…. well… you know… Mountain Stage.

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.

Tune in this Saturday June 21 and Sunday June 22 for some archived music goodness on Mountain Stage After Midnight.

KaiL Baxley

If you’ve ever gone to kailbaxley.com (and you should, it’s the official website for South Carolina retro folk singer KaiL Baxley), you’ll see this quote from The Huffington Post: “He is a musical nomad that tells his tales in his music and his tales are some of the most fascinating you will hear.”

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

There’s a reason why artists like Tim O’Brien, Kathy Mattea and Nellie McKay keep coming back to the Mountain Stage year after year. Between the good home cooking (provided by the lovely Judy Byrne) and the jam band togetherness of our finale song, each show feels like a musical family reunion of sorts.

Matt Tillett / creativecommons.org

The All Good Music Festival makes its return to West Virginia this summer after four years, but the Jefferson County’s Planning and Zoning departments are still waiting for the necessary paperwork.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

What do Marty Stuart, The McCrary Sisters, The Greencards and Tracy Nelson have in common? We're playing them all this week on 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.

Gather up some energy and stay up late Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7 for some spectacular sets on Mountain Stage After Midnight.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Memorial Day Weekend and the livin' is easy, especially when we've got your late nights covered with superb live performance radio. But don't take our word for it: hear it for yourself on 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.

Mountain Stage

It's National Pizza Party Day this weekend (seriously), so why not grab a pie, a pal and a Pug (acoustic rocker Joe Pug, to be exact) for 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.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Late nights, good tunes and great friends. That's what's in store for you this weekend on Mountain Stage After Midnight.

Chattman Photography / The Sea The Sea

Acoustic folk duo The Sea The Sea are coming back to the Mountain State this month to play a couple shows. If the name sounds familiar, it's probably because they've played a couple times on NPR's Mountain Stage, or because one of the band members is a Charleston native or because they just play great music. 

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Cinco de Mayo is all about the food, the dance and the music. If you promise to bring the chips and dip, this weekend's Mountain Stage After Midnight will supply the music and dance from boundary-pushing Mexo-Americana bands like David Wax Museum, Quetzal and Son de Madera.

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