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.
The July 4 weekend brings about a new way of hearing Mountain Stage as we present “Mountain Stage After Midnight,” from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on WV Public Radio. It’s all part of the improved radio schedule that we know you’ll appreciate, and we’re excited to be sharing the greatest episodes from our 31 year history with our late-night listeners. Each week we’ll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes and they’ll alternate order each night.
Here’s what is in store for you Saturday July 5 and Sunday July 6 on Mountain Stage After Midnight.
First, an episode from September 2009 featuring Indigo Girls, Chris Smither, Jill Hennessy, Alison Brown Band and Gary Jules. We taped this show at The Clay Center and it features an extra special rendition of “Closer to Fine,” with Jill Hennessy and Alison Brown both joining Emily & Amy of The Indigo Girls. See the playlist.
"Mary Chapin Carpenter taught me this tuning and I wrote like 16 songs with it. Never paid her a dime." – Emily Saliers, introducing "Galileo"
Next you’ll hear an episode recorded at the WVU Creative Arts Center in Morgantown with WVU Arts & Entertainment featuring the wonderful Regina Spektor, progressive indie-darlings Yo La Tengo, slide-guitar genius Sonny Landreth, double-threat singer-songwriter Will Hoge and Canada’s Great Lake Swimmers. Listen for Hoge performing “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” which would go on to be his first #1 when it was cut three years later by the Eli Young Band. See the playlist.
"Rock and Roll, the reason that we're all here, is such an innocent thing. You hear a record or a song and it changes you forever. This is a song about falling back in love with rock-n-roll." -Will Hoge, introducing "Even If It Breaks Your Heart."
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.
This week’s premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage features the 2022 NPR Tiny Desk Contest Winner, Alisa Amador. As a bilingual sing-songwriter, Amador commands audiences with her soulful voice and mixture of rock, jazz, funk and alternative folk that is sweetly wrapped with the Latin music she grew up with.