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West Virginia is a wealth of musical talent. And this June, West Virginia Public Broadcasting's A Change of Tune is shining a light on some of its hidden gems.

Debra Rayhill/Michael Workman

Two Charleston-based artists. One indie folk'n collaboration. Singer-songwriters Sean Richardson and Kyle Meadows have come together for a new 4-song split EP, and they’ve even brought in seminal indie rock fellow Ken Stringfellow from The Posies along for the ride. We sat down with Sean and Kyle to talk about their new music, Ken Stringfellow’s return to the Mountain State and you know, cats.

R.E.M. made their historic visit to Mountain Stage 25 years ago today. Listen to their performance of "It's The End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" recorded live on April 28th, 1991.

Josh Saul

Roots rock standard-bearers The Bottle Rockets to Mountain Stage this week, with an episode that also features performances by Marshall Crenshaw, HONEYHONEY, Mike Cooley and Webb Wilder. Here the Bottle Rockets perform their song "Dog," which showcases lead singer Brian Henneman's irreverent humor, as well as his love for his canine friend.

Brian Blauser

Hailing from Galway, brothers Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the most celebrated young musicians in Ireland today. Calling themselves We Banjo 3, the group traveled straight from their Mountain Stage performance to perform for President Obama and Congressional leaders at the White House. They can be heard on this week's all new episode, along with Red Baraat, Star & Micey, and Davina & the Vagabonds.

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Since they first met as students in Syracuse, New York, Ra Ra Riot has put a decade of experience performing under its collective belt. They draw influence from the experimental side classic rock, like The Police and Talking Heads, but also feature a small string section, which sometimes leads to their music being called "chamber pop." Here they perform "Water," from this week's all new broadcast of Mountain Stage, which also includes sets from Walter Martin, I Draw Slow, Overcoats, and West Virginia's own indie rock sensation Ona.

Mountain Stage

This's week's  broadcast of Mountain Stage is a special one, featuring live performances by this year's Grammy nominees and winners - including this song by iconic R&B singer Mavis Staples, "You Are Not Alone." You'll also hear sets from  rising stars Chris Stapleton and  Jason Isbell, along with Rhiannon Giddens, Wilco, Buddy Guy, The SteelDrivers and much more.

Eliot Lee Hazel

After a four year break, seminal alt rock band Yeasayer is back with a dazzling new release titled Amen & Goodbye. We sat down with Yeasayer’s Anand Wilder to talk about the record, the farm that it was recorded on and how things have changed since the band came together almost ten years ago.

Josh Saul

Are you a fan of music discovery? Then Record Store Happy Hour is the place for you.

Mountain Stage and Budget Tapes & Records are partnering to give Charleston-area music lovers a preview of new releases from upcoming Mountain Stage guest artists. The event is free and will be held Thursday, April 28 from 5-7 p.m.

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Since their formation as an alt-country influenced group in the mid 90's, Chicago-based band Wilco have evolved into the de facto standard bearers for experimental and indie rock. They close their Mountain Stage set this week with a cover of the late David Bowie's masterpiece "Space Oddity."

Delos Records.

Recently, both students and faculty from West Virginia University teamed up to perform and record the music of Mary McAuliffe for a CD from the Delos label. The reason? WVU piano professor, Lucy Mauro says, "We really liked her music, so we wanted to record it." Fair enough.

McAuliffe had written a set of songs for Mauro and tenor, Donald George, and the pair fell in love with McAuliffe's compositions.


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Although he's hosted over 850 episodes, it's been a long time since Mountain Stage host Larry Groce has performed a set of his own on the show. But he does this week, with songs from his first album in over two decades, Live Forever.

Brian Blauser

Since their formation in 2000, Portland-based indie rock band Blitzen Trapper have played nearly every major festival in America, and shared the stage with the likes of Iron & Wine and Wilco. Here they play "Black River Killer," from this week's all-new broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.

Hidden in one of the "Coolest Small Towns in America" (Lewisburg, WV), is a world-renowned pianist who has played with some of the world's top orchestras. Barbara Nissman moved to the Mountain State in 1989, and now she's bringing her talents up I-64 to Charleston this weekend.

Josh Saul

Keeping one foot in their native Michigan's Mowtown soul, and another in Music City; bluegrass-inspired ensemble Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys delivered one of our favorite performances of the past year. You can finally listen to their entire set this week, on the latest episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.

Woodwind Trio Performs Live In-studio

Mar 3, 2016
Matt Jackfert

This Thursday, we were graced with the presence of a local woodwind trio in our studios here at WVPB. They shared with us the music they've been preparing for the first installment of this year's Concerts @ St. John's Series. That concert is scheduled for Sunday, March 6th at 4 PM at St. John's Episcopal Church in Charleston, WV.

This Friday, March 4th at 12pm, former Mountain Stage guest Ray LaMontagne will perform his new album "Ouroboros," live at the studios of WXPN in Philadelphia. And you can watch the whole thing via our friends at VuHaus by visiting Spend your lunch hour with one of America's most exciting and soulful singers! We hope you can tune in.

Brian Blauser

Best known for his 1971 acoustic pop hit "Sunshine," Jonathan Edwards also has a solid background in country, folk, and bluegrass music. Here he performs the traditional song "I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground," from this week's all-new broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.

Rafael Barker / Courtesy of the artist

Ask anyone in Charleston about the #WVmusic scene, and you'll get responses ranging from venue reviews to summer fest suggestions to, of course, band recommendations. No matter what kind of response you get, we're sure it somehow leads back to Qiet, the Appalachian gypsy rock band that has been a fixture of the #WVmusic scene for quite some time.

Renae Phillips

Although the Kanawha Valley has had some economic struggles in recent years, there still stands a full-functioning and devoted theatre and arts community. Forces from all around the valley continue to converge on a production, and a receptive audience is there to receive it (even on a Sunday matinee no less!).