Song of the Week

Our Mountain Stage Song of the Week comes from enchanting jazz and pop vocalist Kat Edmonson, who makes her third appearance on the show with songs from her new album called "Old Fashioned Gal."

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The seeds of our Song of the Week were sown from a tune that Los Angeles area musician Joachim Cooder would sing to his houseplant, called a Fuchsia Machu Picchu.

Listen: John Gorka on Mountain Stage

May 3, 2018
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John Gorka has our Mountain Stage Song of the Week. Along with the Mountain Stage band here he is performing "Tattoed" off of his newest album released earlier this year. 

Ranky Tanky are a South Carolina based band that specializes in "Gullah" music- a style born out of the coastal region and influenced by West African traditions. Here's the band's take on the American folk song, "O Death," for our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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This week's Song of the Week is from Kenny White, a highly regarded session musician, producer, songwriter and pianist.

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This week's episode of Mountain Stage features past performances from the show's archive by Grammy award nominees and winners. Our Song of the Week is "Forget About It," which comes from Alison Krauss and Union Station's 2005 performance on Mountain Stage.

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Poet, performer, visual artist and rock-and-roll icon Patti Smith joins us on this week's broadcast.

Here she performs "People Have The Power," the driving anthem co-written with her husband Fred "Sonic" Smith, a native of Lincoln County, WV who was posthumously inducted into the WV Music Hall of Fame the evening prior to this performance.

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Indie-rock band The Mountain Goats have produced 16 studio albums, including their most recent called "Goths." On this week's Mountain Stage the group helps celebrate 34 years of live performance radio as they make their second appearance on the show.

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Tupelo, Mississippi born songwriter Paul Thorn has appeared on Mountain Stage nine times since 1997, each time charming the audience with his trademark humor, wit and introspection.

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In a 20-year recording career that began when he was just 16, Louisiana born guitarist and songwriter Kenny Wayne Shepherd has become one of the most recognizable players in all  of rock music. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band appears on this week's Mountain Stage with songs from their latest release "Lay It On Down," including "Diamonds & Gold," heard here.

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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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On this West Virginia Morning, this week's episode of Inside Appalachia celebrates getting outdoors with a new series called "Hidden Gems of Appalachia." Host Jessica Lilly spoke with a children's book author Katie Fallon, who wrote a book that's meant to encourage children to get outside and check out the unique birds you can find in West Virginia.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear the next part of our ongoing series, The Struggle to stay. For the past few months, we’ve met four West Virginians who are struggling to find a way to earn a living -- and debating whether the struggle is worth staying in Appalachia. Most recently, we’ve been hearing the story of Crystal Snyder, a mother of two who's working a new job with a program called Refresh Appalachia, which is helping her learn how to farm. Roxy Todd has been spending the past year and a half following Crystal and helping her document her story.

On this West Virginia Morning, Roxy Todd takes us to a farmer's market in Abingdon, Va., where local farmers express their concerns over the used of genetically modified organisms, GMOs, in surrounding farms.

Thomas Makes Valentine's Day Interesting

Feb 13, 2015
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On this West Virginia Morning, we’ll hear from President of WVU Gordan Gee about WVU’s Day at the Legislature. And Roxy Todd brings us a story about a small town in West Virginia and their special Valentine’s Day gift. We also have out Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Ashton Marra speaks with Senator Greg Tucker--who backed a bill to restrict sales of pseudoephedrine--about major retail pharmacies announcing plans to stop selling the drugs. Marshall University professor Vincent Sollars recently received a nearly $500,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute for his unique cancer research involving canalization. The 24th season of the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University  features plays exploring the topics of our day. Also, The Bottle Rockets perform "Big Lots of Love" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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We  hear what author Alan Fitzpatrick was able to uncover in his search in the mystery of how Wheeling got its name. The Student Climate and Conservation Conference asks the question: How are we as global citizens going to bring back and contribute to our schools and communities? Also, Jason Isbell performs "Traveling Alone" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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High School students focused on the fields of science, technology, engineering and math this week as part of  Marshall University's Health Care Pipeline Initiative. We celebrate West Virginia's 151st birthday with a segment from our award-winning documentary, West Virginia 150: Commemorating Statehood. Also, Lucius performs "Turn it Around" on this Mountain Stage song of the week. 

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It’s only been a little over a year since Governor Tomblin signed the Justice Reinvestment Act into law, but the state is already seeing tremendous decreases in the number of people in prison. College students from all over the region visited Marshall this week to find out if the field of medicine was meant for them.  At this year's FestivALL, Charleston’s Contemporary Youth Arts Company their own adaptation of the classic 1958 film The Blob in the form of a musical.  Also, Rodney Crowell performs "Moving Work of Art" in this Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Coal miners in the state's southern coalfields worry about their jobs in light of the EPA's Clean Power Plan. Filmmaker, writer, and graphic novelist Danny Boyd enters the political arena with Carbon. The Girl Scouts' Black Diamond Council talk leadership and the future. Also, Keb' Mo' from Mountain Stage on this song of the week. 

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Lawmakers heard a report this week on the state’s magistrate’s system from a national group.  In Huntington the Wild Ramp food market is moving to a new larger location. Also, Robert Cray performs "You Move Me" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger is hoping to bring to light the issue of senior hunger and nutrition by creating a pilot program in McDowell County that the organization hopes will be replicated across Appalachia and the country. The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine announced they have been approved to start a psychiatry residency program, which will become only the third in the state to train the specialists. A Concord University student photographer depicts the urban side of West Virginia. Also, Pink Martini featuring The Von Trapps on this Mountain Stage song of the week. 

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The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department plans the release of the results of their survey that attempts to gauge the impact of the Elk River chemical spill. Sylvia Mathew Burwell faces her first Senate confirmation hearing on her way to become the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Former West Virginia Public Broadcasting reporter Anna Sale launches a new podcast that attempts to tackle the issues we all deal with but rarely discuss. Also, Solas performs "Am I Born to Die" on thjis Mountain Stage song of the week.

Historical documents seem to strengthen some Republican lawmakers' case that the Legislature has the ultimate power to override a gubernatorial veto. West Virginia's Professor of the Year for 2013 is an English teacher at Marshall University who has a unique style, and John Gorka performs "Give Us Back Our Water" in the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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We take you through the process of signing up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid before Monday's deadline. We conclude our series on the Story of the Jews in West Virginia about the Ahavath Shalom congregation in Bluefield. Holly Williams performs "Drinkin'" on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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On this West Virginia Morning, the Senate deals with minimum wage, the budget, and fracking waste while the House considers construction worker safety. We also have a special report on brain research from West Virginia University. And the Del McCoury Band is our featured musical guest in this week's Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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On this West Virginia Morning, college students are using a food pantry in Huntington. Food pantries for college students are becoming more popular.

Also, the clock is ticking down on getting bills passed through the hurdles of the legislature this session.

Also, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin are on this Mountain Stage song of the week.

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On this West Virginia Morning, tempers flare in the State Senate over a bill that looks at trade practices.

Also, the House looks at taxpayer protections.

Those stories, and The Flatlanders perform as part of the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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On this West Virginia Morning, legislators debate details of pseudoephedrine, electric cigarettes, and child welfare. Plus, some radio sleigh riding, and this week's Mountain Stage Song of the Week: Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn with "City of Refuge."

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Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen was so beloved by the audience in Charleston that he was asked to perform an encore at the end of his set - a Mountain Stage rarity. Here he is playing "Don't Mess With Karma," from this week's premier broadcast.

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