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.
Hear one of music’s most distinct vocalists perform songs from her new album in this week’s encore episode of Mountain Stage, recorded at the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, W.Va. in 2018.
Kathy Mattea returns to Mountain Stage with songs from her brand new album “Pretty Bird.” The collection finds the Grammy-winning singer interpreting some of her favorite songs by a variety of artists, including our Song of the Week- the iconic story-song “Ode to Billy Joe.”
Hear more of Mattea’s performance, plus award winning bluegrass group Darin and Brooke Aldridge, West Virginia honky-tonk treasures Blue Yonder, and old-time musician Joe Newberry, when special guest-host Bil Lepp nagivates the latest episode of Mountain Stage recorded on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.
Mountain Stage is back at the Augusta Heritage Festival this weekend for a live show Saturday, July 27 at 7:30p.m. Find the details here.
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.
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.
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.