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Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
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Keeping one foot in their native Michigan's Mowtown soul and another in Music City, bluegrass-inspired ensemble Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys delivered one of our favorite performances of 2015. You can listen to their entire set on this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees previews her television interview with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin that airs on West Virginia Public Broadcasting this weekend and we’ll preview this weekend’s Inside Appalachia hearing from supporters and opponents of President-elect Donald Trump.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Best known for his 1971 acoustic pop hit "Sunshine," Jonathan Edwards also has a solid background in country, folk, and bluegrass music. Here he performs the traditional song "I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground," from this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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From Northampton, Massachusetts, beloved folk-rocker Stephen Kellogg returns to Mountain Stage this week with a band that includes Miranda Mulholland of the Great Lake Swimmers. He closes his 2015 set with crowd favorite "The Bear" on this week's encore broadcast.

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The year 2016 was noteworthy for lots of reasons at Mountain Stage .  Our 32nd year of live performance radio from the Mountain State included 25 shows from seven venues in four states and two new guest-hosts! With 2017 around the corner (11 shows already on sale) and nostalgia in the air, here are 10 highlights of the year that made 2016 a special one.

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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, as we can hear on this Mountain Stage performance of "Christine" from his latest album Faith in the Future.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll find out more about the investigation by The Charleston Gazette-Mail that found drug wholesalers were sending millions of painkillers to West Virginia and the New Rhythm and Blues Quartet is along with our Mountain Stage song of the week.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Over the course of nearly half a century, NRBQ - which stands for "New Rhythm and Blues Quartet" - has earned the distinction of being one of the most finely tuned bands in America, with plenty of swing. Lead by founder and pianist Terry Adams, Scott Ligon takes the lead on this Mountain Stage performance of "Waitin' on my Sweetie Pie."

Chris Robinson, jam band, Mountain Stage, The Chris Robinson Band
Jay Blakesburg

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce welcomes The Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Mandolin Orange to Charleston, West Virginia on March 26.

NPR Keeps an Eye on Coal Miners Health

Dec 16, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, an interview with NPR investigative reporter Howard Berkes who has found a sharp increase in the number of coal miners with black lung disease and JD Souther and Nellie McKay are along with our Mountain Stage song of the week.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Jim McGuire

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is proud to announce the return of Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn and The Del McCoury Band to Charleston, West Virginia.

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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."

Discover our holiday line-up of radio specials. 

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2016 was a big year for NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage. We celebrated 33 years of live performance radio, commemorated the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s legendary set, and listened to the voices of two new guest hosts

Budget Cuts Could Be New Norm for PEIA

Dec 9, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning Kara Lofton talks with the director of the Public Employees Insurance Agency about its financial troubles and the Mountain Stage song of the week.

That's on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - telling West Virginia's story.

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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.

Courtesy of the artist

Every month, NPR asks 10 public-radio music curators to share the songs they're loving right now.

This early-winter mix doesn't disappoint. West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Joni Deutsch (host of A Change of Tune and producer/guest host of NPR's Mountain Stage) shared her favorite song with NPR's Weekend Edition.

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Milton, WV based Blenko Glass Company has teamed with West Virginia Public Broadcasting to commemorate 33 years of Mountain Stage with a limited edition, hand blown glass record. This one-of-a-kind piece will be available for an introductory price of $60 per piece, at Mountain Stage's SOLD OUT event on Sunday, December 4 in the Culture Center Lobby, and when Mountain Stage opens its "Pop Up Shop" at WVPB, 600 Capitol St. Charleston, WV on Wednesday December 14 and Thursday December 15, from 11a.m. to 6p.m.

WVU Women's Soccer Team in NCAA Final Four Contest

Dec 2, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, statehouse reporter Ashton Marra looks at this weekend’s election of leadership posts at the West Virginia Legislature and Clark Davis reports on WVU’s women’s soccer team heading to the Women’s College Cup today. 

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

NPR's Mountain Stage

Grab some snacks and a party hat! You're invited to the 33rd anniversary celebration of NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll have some advice about how to talk politics at the family Thanksgiving table and The Wood Brothers are along with the Mountain Stage song of the week.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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As the year winds down and we prepare for the camaraderie of Thanksgiving, Mountain Stage looks back at some of our favorite performances of 2016. One of those performances comes from The Wood Brothers, an established folk-soul trio from Nashville whose latest release Paradise was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.

Chris Hornbecker

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is proud to announce nine (that's right, nine) live shows scheduled for the first few months of 2017.

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Music has traditionally played a big role in the culture of Appalachia, and it seems that other countries are taking notice of the region’s rich musical tradition. In this episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear from the tourism music trail in West Virginia called The Mountain Music Trail (MMT) Since we last heard from them, they have grown. The MMT recently was a finalist in the British Guild of Travel Writers 2016 tourism initiative awards in the “wider word” category, and was recognized as one of the top three destinations in the world. 

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning Roxy Todd talks to a travel writer in London who’s a big fan of the state’s Mountain Music Trail and Larry Groce reflects on R.E.M’s appearance on Mountain Stage 25 years ago.

R.E.M. has now released Out of Time – The 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.  It’s a four disc set that for the first time features the recordings of the band’s appearance on Mountain Stage in 1991.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Mark Wolfe

When R.E.M. appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage on April 28, 1991, they were one of the biggest bands in the world. Though when they released Out of Time, in March of that year, they decided against touring behind it, opting for media appearances instead. One of these appearances was Mountain Stage.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll profile Charlotte Pritt, the Mountain Party’s candidate for governor and we’ll hear from a young Wyoming County woman whose father struggled with addiction and died of a heroin overdose last year. 

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Attorneys General Meet to Combat Drug Abuse

Oct 28, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, in honor of Halloween, we’ll have a story about the Philippi mummies and Billy Bragg and Joe Henry bring us the Mountain Stage song of the week.

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

This Sunday, October 23, point your browser to MountainStage.org at 7pm EST to watch a LIVE recording of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce via VuHaus.

Mountain Stage is one of the longest running live music performance shows on public radio.  It began in 1983 and has featured nearly 2,000 acts from more than 50 countries--and nearly every conceivable genre. With such a storied history, there is little doubt the show has helped to create a lot of memories over the years.

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