This week on Inside Appalachia, we look back at a shocking crime near the Appalachian Trail and speak to the author of a book that re-examines the case. We also sample a beloved Lenten staple made in Charleston, West Virginia. It’s a Yugoslavian fish stew that has a little bit of everything. And we talk with the poet laureate of Blair County, Pennsylvania, who invented the demi-sonnet.
Live Show News: Darrell Scott, Joan Shelley and More Updates
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Mountain Stage is adding guest artists to their array of live shows already on the calendar.
There are currently six shows on sale for audiences to be a part of our live Mountain Stage events. Browse the entire schedule for details on each show, and let us know you’re coming on Facebook. Be sure you’re signed up for our e-mail newsletter, and better yet make sure you sign up for Mountain Stage Membership, as we have three live shows coming for the month of June in our hometown of Charleston, WV- including some exciting plans during FestivALL Charleston.
Darrell Scott, bonafide troubadour and musical beacon, has been added to the bill on March 15 when Kathy Mattea returns to guest host with a talent-packed lineup that already includes J2B2 (featuring John Jorgenson on acoustic guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mark Fain on bass; and Patrick Sauber), Ireland’s Karan Casey, Western North Carolina’s rustic blues maestro Malcolm Holcombe, and critically acclaimed artist, producer and musician Jonathan Wilson.
Scott just memorialized the anniversary of the passing of Hank Williams on New Years day by releasing the first single from his upcoming album Darrell Scott Sings the Blues of Hank Williams. You can hear “My Sweet Love Ain’t Around” below and click here for tickets to see him live on March 15.
Our April 26 show at Ohio University has generated a lot of interest already with the buzz surrounding the 4 Grammy nominations for UK country-soul sensation Yola, who leads a bill with guest host Kathy Mattea that already includes Kim Richey and Carsie Blanton. Recognition keeps building for Yola, who was recently awarded both UK Album and UK Artist of the Year at the AmericanaFest UK.
We’ve completed the line-ups for our upcoming February shows, including one that is already sold out. On February 16, guest host Kathy Mattea will welcome Dom Flemons, former member of the popular string-band Carolina Chocolate Drops, with songs from his 2018 release titled Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys. The album garnered a GRAMMY Nomination for “Best Folk Album” at the 61st GRAMMY Awards and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts, receiving multiple year-end album recognitions. Flemons was also nominated for “2018 Artist of The Year” at the International Folk Music Awards. He recently announced a deluxe re-issue of his 2014 album Prospect Hill, via Rolling Stone Country.
Tickets for February 16 have already sold out, thanks to a powerful lineup that also features The SteelDrivers, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, soulful folk artist Christopher Paul Stelling, and roots duo The Small Glories.
There are still a limited number of tickets available for Sunday, February 23 when Larry Groce returns to welcome beloved “amplified string band with drums” Railroad Earth, ukulele phenom Jake Shimabukuro, singer songwriter and podcaster Joe Pug, and Red House recording artists The Mastersons. We’ve finalized the line-up with the addition of road-tested singer and songwriter Emily Scott Robinson. Robinson’s debut Traveling Mercies was named one of Rolling Stone’s 40 Best Country & Americana Albums of 2019.
Next up are THREE new events coming for the month of June, with news hitting Mountain Stage Member inboxes this Friday, February 7 around 10 a.m. Sign-up for membership here to enjoy presale access to all our Culture Center Shows before they’re available to anyone else.
Edible Mountain follows botanists, conservationists, and enthusiastic hobbyists in the field as they provide insight on sustainable forest foraging. The episodes are designed to increase appreciation and accessibility to the abundance found in Appalachia, celebrating the traditional knowledge and customs of Appalachian folk concerning plants and their medical, religious, and social uses.
Tim James, a music education teacher at Cabell Midland High School, has earned West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Above and Beyond Award for December 2022, which recognizes excellence and creativity of Mountain State teachers.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting is proud to announce that Education Director Maggie Holley will serve on the newly formed West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Leaders of Literacy Advisory Council.