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LISTEN: Nellie McKay Has The Mountain Stage Song Of The Week

A woman with blond curly hair plays a ukelele.
Nellie McKay performs live on Mountain Stage during the 40th anniversary show.
Chris Morris/ Mountain Stage

On this week’s premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage, we hear the first of two episodes celebrating our 40th anniversary. This episode was recorded on Dec. 3, 2023 at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, West Virginia with host Kathy Mattea, Joan Osborne, Nellie McKay, Jake Kohn, Todd Burge and a special appearance from West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman.

To celebrate this landmark year, Mountain Stage recorded not one, but two anniversary shows commemorating four decades as the home of live music on public radio, making it the second longest running nationally distributed performance radio show.

Our Song of the Week comes from singer songwriter Nellie McKay, whose music incorporates many different styles infused with her zany and profound interpretations of life.

The Mountain Stage Song of the Week is “Drinking Song” from Nellie’s first album of original material in 13 years, Hey Guys, Watch This. Joining her on the album, and in this special performance, are The Carpenter Ants, West Virginia’s favorite rhythm and blues group which features Mountain Stage Band guitarist Michael Lipton, bassist Ted Harrison, drummer/vocalist Jupie Little and keyboardist/vocalist Mark Bates.

Tune in to an affiliate station near you starting Friday, March 8 for the entire set from Nellie McKay, plus live performances from eight-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne, emerging country singer Jake Kohn, West Virginia’s premier songwriter Todd Burge and West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman.

Check out the playlist here, and take a look at our list of affiliates to find out when you can tune in.