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Listen to Black Prairie on Mountain Stage

Dec 29, 2015
Brian Blauser

Black Prairie began as a bluegrass-influenced side project lead by 3 of the 5 members of indie rock band The Decemberists. 

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It's no stretch to call Catherine Russell one of the most respected and versatile singers working today.

Mountain Stage Remembers John Trudell

Dec 10, 2015
Brian Blauser

Outspoken and charismatic Native American activist John Trudell died this week. While Trudell’s triumphs and tragedies as an activist and leader are chronicled in this NYT obituary, Trudell was also an important musician, author, and poet who brought his songs and spoken word pieces to Mountain Stage multiple times. Larry Groce remembers:

Listen to Craig Finn on Mountain Stage

Dec 10, 2015
Josh Saul

Singer and songwriter Craig Finn is best known as the frontman of the raucous punk-influenced rock band The Hold Steady. But in his solo work, Finn turns his focus to quiet themes of perseverance and redemption. Here he perfroms the song "Christine," from his latest album Faith in the Future.

UPDATE: (Tuesday December 8, 2015) The entire allotment of advance tickets to see Wilco perform on Mountain Stage Valentine's Day 2016 sold out in just over an hour. Sign-up for the Mountain Stage newsletter to be the first to know about future updates.

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Listen to Dawes on Mountain Stage

Nov 24, 2015
Brian Blauser

For the Thanksgiving holiday, Mountain Stage revisits one of its favorite broadcasts of this decade - a 2011 show which featured Jason Isbell, James McMurtry, Blitzen Trapper and Matthew Sweet. The episode closes with a set from Dawes, who perform this song, "A Little Bit of Everything."

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First Family of the Banjo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn return to Mountain Stage this week, with songs from the first album they've recorded together as a duo.

Larry Groce Remembers Allen Toussaint

Nov 12, 2015
Josh Saul

"Allen Toussaint was the most genteel person ever to perform on Mountain Stage. The first time he came, he brought his daughter with him. She was a university student at the time and was just as polite, soft spoken and friendly as he was.

Can't make it to this weekend's Mountain Stage? There's a stream for that!

Josh Saul

As Don Henley's long-time writing partner, JD Souther has had his hands in some of the most memorable pop songs of all time,  including "The New Kid in Town" and "Best of My Love." But here Souther teams up with Mountain Stage favorite Nellie McKay to cover another legendary songwriter: Cole Porter's standard "Every Time We Say Goodbye."

Josh Saul

Lead by songwriter and guitarist Taylor Goldsmith, California rock band Dawes make their 4th appearance on this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage. Here they perform the song "Things Happen," from their latest album "All Your Favorite Bands," produced by David Rawlings.

Listen to Chip Taylor on Mountain Stage

Aug 25, 2015
Chip Taylor on Mountain Stage
Josh Saul

Singer, songwriter, golf pro, and nationally recognized horse race handicapper Chip Taylor may actually be the Most Interesting Man in the World. While he's written hits like "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning," one of his best known solo albums was his country-influenced "This Side of the Big River," which featured a cover of the famous Johnny Cash tune of the same name. He performs it live on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage.

Listen to Shovels & Rope On Mountain Stage

Aug 19, 2015
Brian Blauser

Husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope return to this week’s broadcast of Mountain Stage with songs from their latest album, Swimmin’ Time. Here they perform the song “Evil,” which showcases their passionate harmonies and uncharacteristically dark lyrics.

Listen to Jill Barber on Mountain Stage

Aug 12, 2015
Josh Saul

While singer-songwriter Jill Barber’s smoky, soulful voice has made her an alt-cabaret favorite on Canada's folk scene, she’s also known for penning songs with timeless hooks and melodies. Here she performs “Broken for Good,” from this week’s premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage.

Can't make it to this weekend's Mountain Stage? There's a stream for that.

Josh Saul

It's been said that singer, songwriter and performer Judith Owen displays the depth of Carole King with the European flair of Annie Lennox.

Listen to Chris Smither on Mountain Stage

Jul 29, 2015
Josh Saul

The undisputed master of acoustic blues guitar,  Chris Smither's  songwriting often draws on the influences of poets, folk singers, philosophers and humorists. Now in his 5th decade of making music, Smither made his 13th appearance on Mountain Stage last year when the show returned to the lakeside town of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Here he performs "Get a Better One," recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School.

Mountain Stage is Streaming This Sunday!

Jul 24, 2015

Unfortunately Delta Spirit is unable to appear as scheduled July 26 due to unexpected circumstances. And if you can't make it to this Sunday's Mountain Stage with Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Tyler Childers, Jarekus Singleton, and Los Aztex, you can watch live from anywhere at mountainstage.org.

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Roane County, West Virginia native Dave Bing is a veteran fiddle teacher and musician, with decades and performing throughout the United States and abroad. He's backed here by fellow West Virginian Ben Townsend (of beloved stringband The Fox Hunt) on banjo and vocals for "Red Mountain Wine."

Listen to Martina McBride on Mountain Stage

Jul 15, 2015
Josh Saul

Although she's a bona fide country music superstar, on this week's episode of Mountain Stage Martina McBride explores her rhythm and blues side. Backed by her 11 member road band, which includes a 4 piece horn section, McBride performs the Little Walter classic "My Babe."

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Whether you call it progressive rock, progressive improvisation or "improg," the force of Umphrey's McGee's musicianship cannot be denied. On any give night they can be found performing for thousands of screaming fans, but on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, they deliver a special performance for a sold-out crowd of 400. Here they are performing "Comma Later," live in Charleston.

Josh Saul

Rosanne Cash's song "A Feather's Not a Bird" comes from her latest album, "River and the Thread," which earned her a Grammy for Best Americana performance earlier this year. She performs the song live on Mountain Stage, backed by her partner in life and music, guitarist and producer John Leventhal.

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With his trademark humor and razor-sharp insight, singer-songwriter Paul Thorn asks a question about the state of the world today as only he can: "What the Hell is Going On?"

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After nearly  two decades fronting iconic emo band Dashboard Confessional, Chris Carrabba formed the heavily pop and Americana influenced acoustic quartet Twin Forks. Here they perform "Kiss Me Darling," from their self-titled debut.

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Hitmakers Toad the Wet Sprocket made their first appearance on Mountain Stage near the beginning of their career in 1992. They returned 22 years later to perform some of their most beloved songs, including this favorite, "Walk on the Ocean."

The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience featuring Del McCoury on guitar and vocals play "Little Georgia Rose," live on Mountain Stage, recorded April 9th, 1989.

Brian Blauser

Mountain Stage ventures looks back at a classic show from 2008 this week, featuring Swedish indie folk singer and songwriter Jose Gonzalez.

This week, Mountain Stage dips into its 30 year archive of live music to visit a 1999 performance by acclaimed songwriter Randy Newman.

Listen to Solas on Mountain Stage

Mar 11, 2015
Brian Blauser

Irish-American supergroup Solas have visited Mountain Stage 8 times through the years.

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One of roots music's most respected singer-songwriters, Rodney Crowell closes this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage, with special guest host Tim O'Brien.

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