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: Mountain Stage 35th Anniversary, More
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Mountain Stage broadcast its first regularly scheduled episode on Dec. 11, 1983. Host Larry Groce and West Virginia Public Broadcasting will celebrate the program’s 35 years on public radio with episode #935 on Sunday, December 2 at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.
Returning to Mountain Stage for the third time as a solo artist, in addition to many appearances with Indigo Girls, singer songwriter Amy Ray will return with her band to perform songs from her newest release of original material, “Holler.” Recorded at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, Ray says “Holler” is “inspired by traditional country, southern rock, mountain music, gospel and bluegrass.”
Due on September 28, “Holler” features cameos by Vince Gill, Derek Trucks, Kofi Burbridge, The Wood Brothers and The Freedom Singers, among others.
Since her last appearance on Mountain Stage in 2012, the fearless Anais Mitchell has been busy with her Off-Broadway musical theater piece “Hadestown,” which has been garnering award and nominations in just about every category imaginable. You can hear Mitchell perform songs from “Hadestown” on our show in 2011 at NPR Music. Mitchell returns to perform with us again on December 2.
Advance tickets for December 2 are available to Mountain Stage Members now (members, check your e-mail inbox for your discount code). Mountain Stage Members make a recurring gift of $10 a month or more and receive online pre-sale access to all our Culture Center Theater shows.
Update to original post: Canadian rock band Crash Test Dummies will reunite for the first time in 17-years to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their seminal sophomore album God shuffled His Feet. The north American tour will launch November 23 with a stop at Mountain Stage on Sunday December 2. The band will feature the original line-up of Brad Roberts, Ellen Reid, Dan Roberts, and Mitch Dorge. The band made three appearances on Mountain Stage, first performing in 1991.
We will announce another addition to the schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 18, so stay tuned to social media for the latest.
Tickets are $20 in advance, available online, by phone at 877.987.6487, or locally at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston starting Friday, Sept. 21 at 10a.m.
In other live show news, Sean Rowe has been added to the bill on Sunday, October 7 along with Livingston Taylor, Gretchen Peters and Jill Barber. Rowe’s latest is called “New Lore“. Tickets are available here.
On Sunday, November 11 we’re happy to announce that #NPRSlingshot artist Hello June, the indie-rockers based out of Morgantown, WV, will make their Mountain Stage debut, along with The Lone Bellow and more TBA. The band has released two singles from their upcoming full-length debut, Mars and Candy Rain, ahead of the self-titled record’s release on September 28. Tickets for November 11 are available here.
There are plenty of chances to catch a live show in the coming months. Take a look at our Live Show Schedule and plan your trip to come be a part of the radio audience.
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