Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

Fridays 8-10 pm, Saturdays 8-10 pm

For more than 30 years Mountain Stage has been giving radio audiences the best seat in the house for some of the world's most renowned performers. Distributed by NPR Music and produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is the longest running live-performance radio show of its kind. Each two-hour show features five guest artists performing live in front of an audience with studio quality audio. Showcasing talent from all over the world and in virtually every style of music, Mountain Stage has played host to world-class musicians and songwriters while consistently turning audiences on to new music. Our Podcast features songs not heard on the radio broadcast and featured sets are posted at NPR.org/mountainstage.

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Renowned jazz singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli brings his trio to Mountain Stage in this week's encore episode.

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Our Song of the Week comes from the Hardcore Troubadour himself, Steve Earle.

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Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale are the singers, songwriters and guitarists that comprise the modern folk duo The Milk Carton Kids. Hear their 2019 performance on "Mountain Stage" starting this Friday.

UPDATE: "There's A Stream" is archived right now on Facebook, and it will be available on YouTube and LiveSessions.NPR.org until Sunday, July 5.

Original Post: Since we’ve been unable to record fresh episodes recently, we reached out to the guests we’ve had to postpone appearances by and asked for performance video submissions. The results will premiere this Sunday June 28 at 7p.m. EST as we present “There’s a Stream,” a collection of virtual performances curated by Mountain Stage.

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This week’s broadcast reflects on some of our favorite performers who appeared on Mountain Stage in recent years during FestivALL Charleston, the city-wide arts celebration that helps our hometown become a work of art throughout the year, including their summer and fall festivals.

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Do you remember the 18th of September, 2016? If you were at Mountain Stage you sure do. It was a ladies’ night and the feeling was oh so right.

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Our Song of the Week is a modern-day blues original by the incomparable Adia Victoria.

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When country superstar Chris Stapleton stopped by a special FestivALL Charleston edition of Mountain Stage on June 28, 2015, he brought songs from arguably one of country music’s greatest debut albums in recent memory.

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Our Listeners’ Choice series of special broadcasts continues this weekend with a 2016 episode featuring Indigo Girls, Patty Larkin, Lydia Loveless and country mega-star Wynonna & the Big Noise.

With essentially every large American music festival canceled for the summer of 2020, we sure could use a dance-inciting funky live set to pry us off the couch and help us shout it out, shake it off and get our groove back.

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This week’s broadcast continues our Listeners' Choice series with a 2015 episode we recorded at The Clay Center in Charleston, W.Va. during FestivALL Charleston. We’ll hear performances by Chris Stapleton, Joan Osborne, Joe Ely, and a collaboration between The Fairfield Four and The McCrary Sisters called “Rock My Soul.”

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In the midst of a historical lockdown with people spending a hazy daze of unprecedented hours in their house, what a time to dive back into a set of music written about home’s comforts and complexities. Who better to pull back the complicated shades of home than a seasoned veteran of the road, like Jason Isbell.

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It’s a certifiable all-star line-up on this week’s show with performances by acclaimed soul troop Robert Cray Band, gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama, blues torchbearer John Hammond, and Dumpstaphunk, recorded in Charleston, W.Va. on March 23, 2014.

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Between 2006 and 2014, Mountain Stage made regular trips to the Paramount Center for the Arts in the Virginia/Tennessee border town of Bristol to raise awareness about the now completed Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

On August 21, 2011, Mountain Stage host Larry Groce welcomed one of the greatest and multi-talented country music artists – Vince Gill, who gave what Groce has described as one of the best sets ever performed on Mountain Stage. 

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Our Listeners' Choice episodes of Mountain Stage continue this week with a classic show from 2011 featuring Dawes, Jason Isbell & 400 Unit, Blitzen Trapper, James McMurtry and Matthew Sweet.

Check out the playlist here and find out where you can listen on these public radio stations starting Friday.

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In California, the land of endless sun, freeways and possibilities, there’s plenty of room in the musical test kitchen to birth a band that’s a little mariachi, a little bit hip hop, funk, folk country and rock and roll.

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This week's Listeners' Choice episode of Mountain Stage comes from a road-show recorded in Bristol, TN/VA with the Birthplace of Country Music.

Due to the current circumstances, Mountain Stage is canceling our live shows scheduled for June 7, June 21 and June 28, in Charleston, West Virginia.

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This week on Mountain Stage we look back to another classic episode from 2010, this time featuring live performances from Cake, Hayes Carll, Old 97s and Hot Club of Cowtown. Tune in on one of these public radio stations starting this Friday, May 1.

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Although Leon Redbone’s 2018 documentary was satirically titled, “Please, Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone,” it’s impossible not to talk about- and savor- those special times in the presence of the truly original, and refreshingly odd, stage character.

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This week we're looking back to a 2010 episode we recorded at the Clay Center as voted on by our listeners.

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This week Larry Groce is going back four decades to pull some "Gems From the Archive." We'll hear some of our favorite performances from 1990 on this week's special episode.

This week we are revisiting a special edition of Mountain Stage that our host Larry Groce originally compiled in the wake of September 11, 2001. "Songs of Hard Times and Hope" includes uplifting and inspirational songs from Sarah McLachlan, R.E.M., Billy Bragg, The Band, June Tabor, Richard Thompson and more.

For our Song of the Week, Larry chose Rodney Crowell's "Love Is All I Need," which originally appears on Crowell's 2001 album Houston Kid.

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Bill Withers was not only an American pop music icon, he was a symbol of American music itself.

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who voted! We'll announce the top vote-getters next week on our Facebook page and we hope you will listen for them on these NPR Music stations in the coming weeks.

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Songwriter Joe Pug has made six appearances on Mountain Stage since 2008. His ability to paint a scene is among his greatest gifts, as you can hear in our song of the week, "After Curfew."

One of the most prolific and decorated songwriters of his generation dies at 52 after contracting COVID-19

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“Why don’t you go out and hear some live music, wherever you are, just as soon as you can.”

The words of Larry’s slogan might translate a little differently when you hear them this weekend on NPR stations across the country. He says it after the credits at the end of every episode.

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One of the most awarded groups in bluegrass history sings one of the Mountain State’s most beloved anthems.

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Two Mountain Stage events scheduled for May have been canceled to comply with CDC guidelines regarding public gatherings. Refund details are below. We will work to reschedule each of the artists as soon as possible.

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