On this West Virginia Morning, Willie Carver was Kentucky’s teacher of the year in 2021, but as a gay man, he and some of his students were harassed. So, in 2022, he resigned from Montgomery County High School. Last summer, he released Gay Poems for Red States. The book earned praise and helped turn Carver into a much-followed, outspoken voice on social media. Bill Lynch caught up with Carver.
On Sunday, December 4, Mountain Stage will record episode #885 at the Culture Center Theater on the State Capitol Grounds, 1900 Kanawaha Blvd., Charleston. The show (which acts as Mountain Stage’s 33rd birthday celebration and will be heard on over 180 NPR Stations nationwide in early 2017) will include indie folk giant Iron & Wine, the one-man folk operation conducted by Sam Beam. This will mark the singer-songwriter’s first appearance on the Mountain Stage, following his recent collaborative releases with Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell and California-born, Manchester-dwelling singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop, as well as his short film Dreamers and Makers are My Favorite People about the Jerry Run Summer Theater in Cleveland, West Virginia.
Also appearing on the December 4 show is up-and-coming Canadian multi-instrumentalist Andy Shauf, whose intricate songwriting and indie folk leanings have led to comparisons to Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, and Grizzly Bear. Appropriately enough, Shauf will make his Mountain Stage debut on our 33rd birthday show with a new record titled The Party in tow.
West Virginia mainstay Todd Burge will also perform on this December 4 show. Often named one of West Virginia’s premier singer-songwriters, Burge has performed on Mountain Stage over ten times since the show began in 1983, leading to his new release of some of his favorite performances on Live on Mountain Stage: 2006-2015.
More acts for this December 4 show will be announced in the coming weeks, but we recommend grabbing those tickets now for this sure-to-sell-out show!
Amy Ray returns to Mountain Stage on this week’s encore broadcast, along with her band, New York trio The Lone Bellow, progressive banjo player Alison Brown, slide guitar master and banjo champion Tony Furtado, and Nova Scotia folk group Villages. This episode was recorded at the People's Bank Theatre in Marietta, Ohio with guest host Larry Groce.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s News Department has secured 11 nominations in eight categories in the 2023 Virginias Associated Press Broadcasters annual awards competition. This competition includes the best radio and television stations in both West Virginia and Virginia.
On this West Virginia Morning, the United States Postal Service (USPS) held a public hearing in Charleston last week where officials discussed their plans to downsize a local mail processing facility. But union representatives came away from the hearing with questions left unanswered. Now, they say their trust in the USPS has only further eroded.
When the farming start-up, AppHarvest, launched in Kentucky, it promised good jobs in coal country — but some workers called it a grueling hell on earth. We also explore an island of Japanese culture in West Virginia called Yama.