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A shot of the crowd rating new music at our 2015 #WhyListen party in Huntington.
Ryan Fischer / The Parthenon

If you're reading this right now, chances are you made it out to Wednesday night's #WhyListen First Listen Music Party at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews in Huntington.

Courtesy of Fret and Fiddle

This week on Inside Appalachia we pay tribute to fiddler Joe Dobbs, who passed away September 21st at the age of 81. For 25 years he hosted a radio show, called Music From the Mountains, on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

WVPB First Listen Music Party in Huntington Oct. 14

Oct 2, 2015

Have you ever wondered what makes a new song into a good song? West Virginia Public Broadcasting invites you to the #WhyListen first listen music party on October 14 at 6 p.m at Black Sheep Burrito & Brews in Huntington.

Live on the Levee

Some say Froot Loops, others say Corn Flakes, and then there's that whole All-Bran thing, but our preferred Kellogg has been and will always be Stephen.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

This weekend, Bahamas returns to over 150 NPR stations with his recent performance on the Mountain Stage. But do you know what's better than one dose of Canadian folk pop-rock? Two doses of Canadian folk pop-rock. That's where "Mountain Stage After Midnight" comes into play.

Amanda Hill

Let’s play a game of #WVmusic 'Guess Who,' shall we?

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

"Aw man, [band] AND [artist] were on your show in [year]? That sounds amazing. Why wasn't I there!"

Nooran Matties

If you take a second to look around, you can find hardworking West Virginians in the coolest places.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The 23rd Annual African American Heritage and Culture Festival took place in Jefferson County over the weekend. From a parade to live music, and a memorial walk to the original site of John Brown’s Fort – the festival offered a variety of events for visitors.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

What's on the line-up for this week's #MSAM? A little folk, a little alt-rock and a whole lot of archived music goodness.

Jason Lockart / Kid in the Background

What are the Heavy-Set Paw-Paws? What’s it like making music in Beckley, West Virginia? And what does “Appalachian Stank” mean as a music genre? I sat down with the alt-rock group’s frontman Tyler Evans to get to the bottom of these questions and more.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Stop us if you've heard this one: Soul'n'roll rocker Booker T. Jones, indie pop darlings Lake Street Dive and folk singer-songwriter Brett Dennen walk onto a stage... If that story doesn't ring a bell, you're in for a treat on this week's Mountain Stage After Midnight.

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.

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