#WVmusic

Nooran Matties

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

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.

Lisa Sullivan

Ever since 'A Change of Tune' started, we've had a list of folks who we've wanted to talk #WVmusic (and pepperoni rolls) with. Last week, we had the pleasure of marking one of those names off our list when we chatted with the self-proclaimed "Redheaded Stepson of the Huntington Music Scene," Americana rocker Tyler Childers.

Amelia Ferrell

It's a new radio year, a new radio perspective for A Change of Tune, and that means a new way of doing our semi-frequent artist chats.

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. 

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? 

Michael Hays / Twin Cousins Records

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.

Rozwell Kid

Rozwell Kid is what you'd call a slacker-rock band. On second thought, maybe they're a post-grunge outfit? Whatever you call them (note: frontman Jordan Hudkins believes they play "Hawaiian shirt core"), they're a West Virginia-based group of friends who love good times and great music. Hudkins chats with me about Rozwell Kid's "origin story," the band's new releases and how the Mountain State is still their musical home.

Ona

They’re earnest, they’re indie, they’re Ona, the five-piece rock outfit that found its start in a sliver of unincorporated Appalachia called Ona, West Virginia. If you're a fan of deliciously mellow alt-rock bands that live by the motto "WWNYD" (that's "What Would Neil Young Do"), this interview and music are recommended for you.

Scott Simons

Indie/alternative sleigh bells ring; are you listening? To celebrate this winter wonderland of a season, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch chatted with some holiday music hitmakers. Since Chanukah is just around the corner (December 16, to be exact), it only made sense to go to TeamMate frontman Scott Simons, the Bridgeport, West Virginia-native behind such poppy holiday classics as “Chanukah in West Virginia” and “I Won’t be Home for Chanukah.” Needless to say, Simons’ tunes are a breath of fresh air compared to Adam Sandler’s typical Chanukah fare.

Joni Deutsch

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch chats with West Virginia rocker Tyler Grady about his new solo project. Grady branched out from Morgantown group Sleepwalker with a relatively new pop-rock side gig called Goodwolf, which just released its sophomore record titled Car in the Woods with the help of West Virginia mega-producer Bud Carroll. If you’re a fan of rambunctious pop influenced by ‘90s rock, this interview and music are recommended for you.   

Josh Saul

Since this week's A Change of Tune is dedicated to indie/alternative takes on Disney music, it would only make sense to chat with West Virginia Public Radio's very own Mouseketeer, Larry Groce. His contributions to records like Disney's Children's Favorite Songs ​and Disney's Christmas Favorites were understated (you'll never see his smiling, bearded face on a record cover) but impactful (millennials know how "Froggie Went A-Courtin'," thanks to Larry).

Sage Perrott (haypeep.com)

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch talks with Tucker Riggleman (vocals, guitar) from the Shepherdstown-based rock band Bishops. Since the dissolution of his other West Virginia alt-outfit, The Demon Beat, Riggleman has been focusing on creating gritty yet accessible rock melodies as the frontman for Bishops, as evidenced by the band’s newest release, Silver Lining. Check out the interview below to learn more about Bishops’ musical past, present, and future.

Porter McLeod

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Kyle Baughman (drums, vocals) and Steve Holland (vocals, bass) from the indie rock band Coyotes in Boxes. The band is currently based in Nashville, but these Box-loving Coyotes still have a fond place in their heart for their alma mater (Marshall University), their hometown musical heroes (Sly Roosevelt, Tyler Childers, Qiet), and their home state (West Virginia).

Hillary Wilson

This week, "A Change of Tune" host Joni Deutsch interviews Petersburg-native Kenny Tompkins about New God, Tompkins' Baltimore-based art pop band that includes his very own brother, Curt Tompkins. The interview veers into topics as diverse as New God's music, the future of youth in West Virginia, and the confusion over the band's name and a popular Kanye West song. If you're a fan of music that invokes the breezy, lo-fi catchiness of The Beach Boys, this interview and band are recommended for you.

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