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Mountain Stage to Stream Dec. 1 Anniversary Show on NPR's Live Sessions


We’re saying “Thanks” by offering a live stream to our sold out 36th Anniversary show, December 1.

Mountain Stage is about to celebrate 36 years of live performance radio, and to show our gratitude to the many people who support the show year-round, you’ll be able to join the celebration from wherever you are.

Thanks to the video production team at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, a live video stream of the 36th Anniversary Mountain Stage will be offered free on the new NPR Music Live Sessions this Sunday, December 1.

Appalachian country singer and recent Grammy nominee Tyler Childers will lead the bill, which already includes West Virginia’s mandolin super-picker Johnny Staats & The Delivery Boys. The line-up has been finalized with the addition of songwriting great Mary Gauthier, Nashville’s Miss Tess & the Talkbacks, and a special visit from champion liar Bil Lepp.

Point your browser to this post,, or, to watch live starting at 7p.m. EST on Sunday, December 1. This free stream is made possible thanks to the support of Mountain Stage Members and those who support West Virginia Public Broadcasting.


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Rifles & Rosary Beads, the most recent record from Mary Gauthier (“Go-SHAY”), was named Best Album of the Year by the International Folk Music Awards and was a 2019 Grammy nominee for Best Folk Album. Rifles & Rosary Beads, her tenth album, contains eleven songs, all co-written with and for wounded veterans. Eleven of the nearly four hundred songs that highly accomplished songwriters have co-written as part of the five-year-old SongwritingWith:Soldiers program.


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Based in Nashville, rootsy blues modernist Miss Tess and her band The Talkbacks convened with veteran producer Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) at his studio in East Nashville to create a new record, “The Moon is an Ashtray,” The record is getting its finishing touches and will be released Feb 7. Wide Open Country recently premiered the first single, True Flood, which features Rachel Price of Lake Street Dive.

Storyteller Bil Lepp is a WV treasure when it comes to the long-standing Appalachian tradition of tall tales. Since he first won the WV Liars Contest in 1992, Lepp has been entertaining audiences and listeners with his stories. Most recently he released his CD Book Report, and his latest book, The Princess and the Pickup Truck.

Tickets for the first four Mountain Stage events of 2020 are on sale now. Visit our Live Show Schedule and make plans to be a part of our 37th season. Be sure to follow Mountain Stage on social media and sign up for our e-mail newsletter, as we have another round of show announcements coming Friday, Dec. 6 at 10a.m.