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Mountain Stage After Midnight: Listener's Choice!



It was a Mountain Stage Radio Show match for the ages: Randy Newman vs. Robert Cray vs. Colin Hay vs. Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Which performances would we choose for “Mountain Stage After Midnight?” Luckily, you made the tough call by voting for your favorite performances on Mountain Stage’s Facebook, and now it’s time to listen to the winners on this week’s  “Mountain Stage After Midnight.” Broadcast from 1am-5am Saturday and Sunday mornings here on West Virginia Public Radio, “Mountain Stage After Midnight” takes the best episodes from the show’s 31 year history and shares their memories and songs with our late-night listeners. Each week we’ll hand-pick two of our favorite episodes and they’ll alternate order each night.

By popular demand, West Virginia Public Radio will air Bela Fleck & the Flecktones’ 2003 performance and Robert Cray’s 2009 performance this Saturday October 18 and Sunday October 19 on “Mountain Stage After Midnight.”



Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage
Bela Fleck rehearsing before his 2003 Mountain Stage performance.

First you’ll hear the 400th episode of Mountain Stage featuring performances from the the late/great R&B singer Fontella Bass, Virginian instrumental trio The Holmes Brothers, West Virginia troubadour Todd Burge, American folk singer Chris Smither, Americana couple Tim & Mollie O’Brien, and the innovative “blu-bop” group Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.



Credit Brian Blauser / Mountain Stage
Robert Cray rehearsing for his 2009 Mountain Stage performance.

Next is Mountain Stage’s 700th show featuring performances from old-time banjo player Riley Baugus, husband-and-wife country-folkers Robin & Linda Williams, Australian singer-songwriting couple Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, iconic Texas grassroots band The Flatlanders, and the blues-rock’n Robert Cray Band.  See the playlist.

Keep up with Mountain Stage news and events over on the show’s FacebookTwitterTumblr, and Instagram. If you’re in the mood for more great jams, make sure to subscribe to The Mountain Stage Podcast to hear why Mountain Stage remains the home of live music on public radio.