If you had to bet on one, I would say Shepherdstown was probably founded first, simply because it's on an important thoroughfare connecting the Shenandoah Valley to the important Delaware ports, where a lot of European migrants, principally Scots Irish and German migrants, were arriving in the 18th century. So it's likely that these migrants arrived at the banks of the Potomac River in the valley before they arrived in the South Branch Valley. So it's likely that Shepherdstown was founded earlier.
In October 2011 California quartet Dawes were touring in support of their acclaimed album Nothing is Wrong. Our Song of the Week is a performance of the final track on that album, a creative and emotional high watermark for the band, “A Little Bit of Everything.”
In March the band released “I Will Run,” a previously unreleased song from the recording sessions for their 2018 album Passwords. All proceeds will benefit the North Shore Animal League America and the MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund.
Hear the entire set from Dawes, plus performances by Jason Isbell & 400 Unit, James McMurtry, Matthew Sweet and Blitzen Trapper, on this week’s encore broadcast of Mountain Stage. We hope you can find comfort in the sound of the applause that we hear in these classic episodes.
On this West Virginia Morning, Shepherdstown and Romney both lay claim to being the oldest town in West Virginia – but there’s some confusion as to which town is actually correct. Shepherd Snyder spoke to Appalachian historian and Shepherd University professor Benjamin Bankhurst about why the answer is more complicated than it appears.
This week’s encore episode of Mountain Stage features one of Americana music’s most heralded and admired writers, James McMurtry. He performs songs from his latest album, The Horses and the Hounds, on New West Records. We also get a set of enchanting new music from Aoife O’Donovan, a high-energy performance from the effervescent Sammy Rae & The Friends, plus Nashville based hit writer Natalie Hemby, and songwriter Heather Maloney.
Our encore broadcast of episode 992 will start Friday, June 2, 2023. This re-broadcast is from our 2022 fall season, and features Ireland’s We Banjo 3, Southern Avenue, Cordovas, Matt Andersen, and Lilli Lewis.
This week’s 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.