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Parkersburg's Todd Burge to Guest Host Mountain Stage


On Sunday, February 12, Mountain Stage will have a sweetheart of a Valentine’s Day show as we welcome special guest host Todd Burge to present the long-running public radio show.

This February 12 show will take place at the Culture Center Theater and feature performances by retro-roots crooner Pokey LaFarge, Canadian alt-country songwriter Fred Eaglesmith, award-winning blues singer Ruthie Foster, Scottish folk musician Rachel Sermanni, and Canadian songsmith Rose Cousins. Tickets are available online, by phone (877.987.6487), or at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston.


“As a longtime listener and fan, as well as a repeat guest, I can say with certainty that Mountain Stage has profoundly influenced my music and the direction of my career,” singer-songwriter Todd Burge said. “Being asked to guest host is a really big deal for me. Huge.”

Burge joins a short list of guest hosts in the show’s 33 year history, joining Tim O’Brien, Joni Deutsch, and Conor Knighton as the only hosts to fill in for Larry Groce in over 885 episodes. Although, we should mention Burge guest hosted the program (for 33 seconds) back in 2011 when introducing regional music favorite Southeast Engine.

Burge, who may be best known for his method of writing songs from the perspective of odd characters, bugs and animals, has performed on Mountain Stage twelve times since 1991. In 2016, he released a 17-track album featuring almost a decade’s worth of his performances from the Mountain Stage. Find out more about Burge on his website.

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