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.
Fayetteville, West Virginia’s Andrew Adkins is renowned for his honest and heartfelt songwriting. His fourth solo album, “Who I Am,” was produced by Mountain Stage band leader Ron Sowell.
Adkins brought a band of West Virginia music luminaries with him to perform songs from “Who I Am” on Mountain Stage, which you can hear on this week’s encore broadcast.
Our Song of the Week is Adkins’ vulnerable, reflective ballad “Fragile Heart,” performed alongside vocalist Annie Neeley, guitarist Bud Carroll, mandolinist Johnny Staats, and Adkins’ longtime bassist Clint Lewis. We’ve placed a video for the song from our Live Sessions page at NPR Music.
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.
On this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage, guest host Larry Groce welcomes Wilco back to the show for their fourth appearance since 1996. Also joining us is blues man Guy Davis, alt-folk singer and songwriter Peter Case, and Grammy Nominated songwriter and producer Garrison Starr.
This week’s encore episode of Mountain Stage is a compilation of our "Festival Favorites." This special episode features performances by some of our favorite festival acts that have also graced the Mountain Stage. You'll hear songs from Phish, Joan Baez, Widespread Panic, Greensky Bluegrass and many more.
On this West Virginia Morning, tucked away in downtown Morgantown is Yama, a cozy diner that serves up homestyle Japanese food. Since the 1990s, Japanese students have come there to share their common language and culture with the staff. It’s also a place of comfort and connection for everyone.