UPDATE: Thanks to our colleauges at VuHaus and the Video Production department of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, we will be offering a live video webstream of this Sunday's 35th Anniversary Celebration of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.
UPDATE: As of 4:30pm Friday advance tickets have sold out. Any available tickets will be placed on sale starting at 5p.m. at the Culture Center Theater, first come first served.
ORIGINAL POST- November 29, 2019:
Less than 50 tickets are available for this Sunday’s special Mountain Stage as Larry Groce and the gang celebrate 35 years of live performance radio from the Mountain State of West Virginia. Advance tickets are general admission and can be purchased online or at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston while supplies last.
Larry will welcome long-time friend of the show Amy Ray, who makes her third appearance as a solo artist after seven performances with the Grammy Winning duo Indigo Girls. Ray’s new album Holler features guest spots from Derek Trucks, Vince Gill, Brandi Carlile, The Wood Brothers and Lucy Wainwright Roche among others. Banjo virtuoso Alison Brown, also featured on Holler, will appear this Sunday as part of Ray’s band.
Also on the bill are Canadian alt-rockers Crash Test Dummies, who are taking their own celebration on the road as they reunite for the 25th anniversary of God Shuffled His Feet. While the hits from that record, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” and “Swimming In Your Oceans” among them, are how most of us got to know the band, their first appearance on Mountain Stage was nearly two full years before that album was released. It’s fitting to welcome them back as a band that has never been easily categorized, and they’ve always honored their artistic vision. Maybe we'll recreate this shot from their 2001 appearance!
It was 2007 when Anais Mitchell first performed a song from her folk-opera “Hadestown” on Mountain Stage. Now the critically acclaimed musical is in residency at the National Theatre in London and, as recently announced in the New York Times, it will debut on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre on March 22.
Oklahoma native Parker Millsap will return for his third appearance on Mountain Stage- his first solo- and he brings songs from his latest Other Arrangements. Released in May, Rolling Stone Country calls Other Arrangements Parker's "tightest, sharpest and most infectious set of songs to date."
2018 was a great year for artists from our region, with the likes of Tyler Childers, Ona, The Parachute Brigade and Hello June making waves on the national scene. William Matheny has been one of the work-horses of the field since he released his critically acclaimed Strange Constellations in 2016. Matheny included his 2016 Mountain Stage performance on his EP Moon Over Kenova, which was followed earlier this year by a new single, “Flashes and Cables/Christian Name.” He and his band of Appalchia-based rockers return to the show this Sunday.
Be sure to follow Mountain Stage on social media, as we're destined to spend a little bit of time roaming down memory lane in the next few days. We're on Instagram and Twitter, and you can help spread the word by clicking "going" on our Facebook Event.