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. He owned the Fret and Fiddle music store in St. Albans, West Virginia. He helped form the band, The 1937 Flood, which plays traditional West Virginia Tunes, as well as rag time, swing, and jug band music.

This October 6th at 7 PM, the West Virginia Symphony League will be showing off the latest fashion of the season during their Fashion Show fundraiser at the University of Charleston Erma Byrd Gallery. Over 50 models will adorn clothing from over 20 retailers in a tribute to local community heroes.

Josh Saul

As Don Henley's long-time writing partner, JD Souther has had his hands in some of the most memorable pop songs of all time,  including "The New Kid in Town" and "Best of My Love." But here Souther teams up with Mountain Stage favorite Nellie McKay to cover another legendary songwriter: Cole Porter's standard "Every Time We Say Goodbye."

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.

Brian Blauser

Best known as the powerful lead singer of Grammy winning African American stringband The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens plays songs from her T-Bone Burnett-produced solo debut on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage.  Here she performs "Black is the Color," from her album Tomorrow is My Turn.

Child on high ropes
Stephen Smith

The last of our four part American Radio Works series concludes Monday, September 28 with Beyond the Blackboard: Building Character in Public Schools.

Brian Blauser

Musician Larry Campbell has long been regarded as one of Americana and country music's most respected and in-demand sidemen; backing Rosanne Cash, and serving as Levon Helm's longstanding musical director. Here he steps into the spotlight with his partner in life and music Teresa Williams with "Cry, Cry, Cry."

Veteran hanging flag
Stephen Smith

The American Radio Works series continues on WVPB radio on September 21st at 8:p.m. with a special on American Veterans with From Boots to Books: Student Veterans and the New GI Bill.

Robley Dupleix

Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce has announced six live shows scheduled for October and November.

Tickets for each show are $20 in advance and $25 day of show, available NOW at, by phone at 877-987-6487 or locally at Taylor Books in downtown, Charleston (unless otherwise specified).

Cellist Julian Schwarz will join us live on radio during Classical Music with Matt Jackfert starting at 2:06 PM this Friday (9/18).

Schwarz will discuss his upcoming performance of the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra as well as his career that's been skyrocketing in the short time since his orchestral debut at age 11.

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.

Josh Saul

Since leaving beloved bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, Chris Stapleton has become one of Nashville's most respected and in-demand songwriters. He has written five number one songs for George Strait, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and Josh Turner; and his solo debut, The Traveller, was released to wide acclaim. But for his Mountain Stage performance, Stapleton dips back into his SteelDrivers catalog with the crowd favorite, "Drinkin' Dark Whiskey."

Teaching Teachers

Sep 12, 2015
Emily Hanford

Join WVPB on Monday at 8 p.m. September 14,  for the second program in the award winning American Radio Works series.  This show is about Teaching Teachers.

You’re probably well aware that in places like southern West Virginia, it’s really tough right now for coal miners, their families and many communities. So many miners have been laid off these past few years, and those who have a job don’t have a lot of hope that they will be able to keep what they have for much longer.

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.

Josh Saul

When Bahamas first appeared on Mountain Stage a few years ago, they all but stole the show with their infectious mix of folk-influenced harmonies and indie rock hooks. Since then, they've received much deserved mainstream recognition, thanks in no small part to the song "All the Time in the World," which was heavily featured in a television ad campaign starring James Franco. They perform the song live on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage.

Amanda Hill

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

West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) is pleased to announce changes in its radio program line-up, featuring new voices and returning favorites.

Composer and announcer Matt Jackfert will host a new classical music show Monday through Thursday from 2 – 3 p.m. on WVPB.


He joins our other classical hosts: West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Famer Frank Stowers, and Peter Van de Graaff, a professional singer who has performed with opera companies and orchestras throughout the world.


Today the Montclaire String Quartet shared with us some of their talents by performing Johan Halvorsen's Pasacaglia for Violin and Viola after JF Handel's Harpsichord Suite No. 7 in G minor live in studio. They also brought along Scott Woodard, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities of West Virginia State University to discuss their new partnership with WVSU.

Check them out Sept. 3rd, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Davis Fine Arts Building at WVSU.

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

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