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LISTEN: James McMurtry Has The Mountain Stage Song of the Week

A man with a black hat, glasses, and a red button down shirt holds a guitar and sings into a mic.
James McMurtry performs on Mountain Stage during the 40th anniversary celebration.
Chris Morris/Mountain Stage

On this week’s premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage, we hear the second part of our 40th anniversary celebration. This episode was recorded on Dec. 10, 2023 at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, West Virginia with host Kathy Mattea, James McMurtry, Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche, John Doyle & Mick McAuley, Tommy Prine, Cheryl Wheeler & Kenny White and a special appearance from West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman.

With two nights of music, there was no shortage of memories being shared on stage and behind the scenes making for a memorable night honoring the legacy of the show.

Our Song of the Week is “Painting by Numbers” by James McMurtry, which appears on his album Too Long In The Wasteland. That album was released in 1989, the same year that McMurtry performed on Mountain Stage for the first time. Over the next three decades, he joined us 14 more times for some truly unforgettable performances.

Hear the entire episode starting Friday, March 15 on these public radio stations, and if you are listening overseas or on a smart device, the Mountain Stage podcast of this episode will be available starting March 26.