On this West Virginia Morning, a weekend of comedy kicks off Thursday in Morgantown. Now in its second year, the Red Eye Comedy Festival is not only highlighting the state’s nascent comedy community, but also attracting national talent to the region.
Singer Joan Osborne has made eight appearances on Mountain Stage. In her most recent performance, she brought songs from her new collection called “Songs of Bob Dylan.” For our Mountain Stage Song of the Week, we chose her version of “Tryin’To Get To Heaven,” from Dylan’s 1997 release “Time Out Of Mind.”
This week’s broadcast includes more Dylan tunes from Bettye LaVette, who released “Things Have Changed,” her own collection of Dylan songs, earlier this year. We also have a set from acoustic-blues mainstay Chris Smither, and some electrified Chicago Blues from the Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling.
This week’s show features long-time Mountain Stage favorite Tim O’Brien and his band, joined on this week’s line-up by David Mayfield Parade, Dirty Grass Players, Philip Bowen, and Lauren Calve. Join us on one of these NPR stations starting Friday, March 31, and be sure to subscribe to our podcast so you never miss a note.
Mountain Stage officially kicks off our 40th Broadcast Season this week with our 39th anniversary celebration featuring Bela Fleck My Bluegrass Heart, The Brother Brothers, Alice Howe with Freebo, The Bing Brother feat. Jake Krack, and a special appearance from West Virginia’s Poet Laureate Marc Harshman.
This week's encore episode of Mountain Stage features Martin Sexton, Nellie McKay, Joseph, Abe Partridge, and Cave Twins, welcomed by our guest-host Larry Groce. Join us on these NPR stations starting this Friday, March 17.
Join us this weekend for Mountain Stage as Kathy Mattea welcomes back Sarah Harmer, who has her first new album in 10 years. We'll also hear from Ohio roots-folk artist Arlo McKinley, old-time acoustic set from Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle, plus songwriter Taylor Rae and West Virginia bassist, singer and songwriter John Inghram and his band.