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Steve Gullick

When you think of live records, usually you think of album stop-gaps, in-between releases that don't exactly add or subtract much from a band's sound. Not so for indie folk rock band Phosphorescent, whose newest release, Live at the Music Hall, definitely deserves a listen. We talked with band frontman/founder/CEO Matthew Houck about the band's name, its evolution over the years and even its inclusion in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack.  

Generally when a musician makes a mistake in a concert, he or she can just go home and forget about it. When your husband or wife is also your partner in music, that may not be so easy! That's the case for the Fa2 Duo--the violin and piano duo comprised of Cristian and Victoria Fatu.

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The Carolina Chocolate Drops are supporting frontwoman Rhiannon Giddens' solo debut. Ivan & Alyosha are about to release a new record. Lucinda Williams is even hitting the folk festival circuit with her roots-rock'n hits.

Bud Carroll

Huntington rocker Bud Carroll has a lot of stories to tell.

For instance, did you know the song that opened his eyes to music came from Vanilla Ice? Or that his teenage guitar-playing impressed blues queen Koko Taylor? 

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Don’t get us wrong, we love doing themes for “Mountain Stage After Midnight” (see: Celtic music for St. Patrick’s Day, archived sets in honor of new releases). But this week’s archived shows are nothin' but good music, plain and simple.

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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Get excited, 'cause West Virginia Public Broadcasting's spring pledge drive is happening this week! Since this station is our "Mountain Mama," we're pulling out all the stops to show you why West Virginia Public Broadcasting is "Almost Heaven" and deserves your pledge of support! That's why we're playing exclusive, archived shows from 1988 and 1989 on this weekend's Mountain Stage After Midnight.

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What do you get when you mix a classically trained voice with dreamy electronic beats? You'll get Niia, an up-and-coming alt-pop singer with a debut EP called Generation Blue. I sat down with Niia to talk about her new release, how she handles stage fright and her love for all things James Bond.

Note: We briefly talk about 50 Shades of Grey (nothing explicit!) and bring up some House of Cards Season 3 spoilers around 19:00 to  27:00, in case you need to avert your ears.

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We're so excited for Kentucky bluegrass rocker Chris Stapleton's return to the Mountain Stage!

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.  

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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.

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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.  

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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. 

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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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