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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The four virtuoso musicians that make up Lake Street Dive met as students at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, and after performing together for nearly a decade are now regarded as America's premier indie pop band. Here they play "Clear a Space," from their latest album Bad Self Portraits.

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This week's broadcast of Mountain Stage features a performance by guitar virtuoso Julian Lage. He was playing with Bela Fleck at age 11, was the subject of an Oscar nominated documentary, and is member of fiddle legend Mark O'Connor's trio. He appears here with his own band, performing the instrumental "For Critter."

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On this week's premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, you'll hear sets from John Gorka, Justin Townes Earle, Nellie McKay, Elizabeth & The Catapult, and Wesley Stace.

Listen this Sunday at 2 pm on West Virginia Public Radio, or on one of over 130 stations throughout  America.

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Iconic Midwestern folk singer John Gorka returned to Mountain Stage in early February, with a brand new song that he introduced as his "love letter to Charleston." Here he performs "Give Us Back Our Water," from this week's premiere broadcast.

Mountain Stage Remembers Jesse Winchester

Apr 11, 2014
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Jesse Winchester was an unforgettable personality and his songs were instantly identifiable. He visited Mountain Stage ten times from 1986 through 2013. His talent, charm, and gentle charisma became more potent with each visit.

The recent tribute album, Quiet About It, put together by Mac McAnally, with Winchester covers from Jimmy Buffet, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint and seven more of the best singer songwriters you can name is a hint of the respect he has earned among peers and admirers.

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R&B singer Bettye LaVette is comfortable covering material ranging from Tom Waits to Bob Seeger. Here she lends her soulful voice to Bob Dylan's classic "Everything is Broken."

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Mountain Stage celebrates its 30th anniversary during this weekend's premiere broadcast, featuring our old friend Todd Snider. He kicks off his set with a cover of the Hayes Carll song "Stomp and Holler."

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This Sunday, Mountain Stage returns to West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. In honor of the occasion, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite performances from our past visits to the campus.

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Mountain Stage returns to your radio this weekend with another premiere broadcast of live music, featuring Holly Williams, Gary Nicholson, Sam Baker, Charlie Faye, and Missy Raines & the New Hip.

Listen this Sunday at 2pm on West Virginia Public Radio, or on one of over 130 stations across America.

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Holly Williams’ lineage is bonafide country royalty: her father is Hank Jr. and her grandfather is Hank Sr. But as a singer-songwriter, her voice is all her own, as you'll hear in the song "Drinkin'," from her acclaimed album The Highway.

Even though this weekend's Mountain Stage with Robert Cray, The Blind Boys of Alabama & more is sold out, you can still watch the live webcast of the show at MOUNTAINSTAGE.ORG beginning at 7pm this Sunday. We'll see you then!

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Originally based out of Rhode Island, Deer Tick have won fans over with their unique blend of country-soul, indie-pop, folk, and garage rock. Here they perform "Mr. Sticks" from this week's premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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This weekend Mountain Stage pays tribute to Ireland with a special episode featuring featuring Bell X1, Karen Casey & John Doyle, The Henry Girls, The Lost Brothers, Cathie Ryan, Lunasa, and the Celtic Fiddle Festival.

Listen this Sunday at 2 pm on West Virginia Public Radio, or on one of 130 stations around the country.

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Like their fellow Irish rockers U2, Bell X1 take their name from another iconic aircraft - the first to fly faster than sound - flown by Lincoln County native Chuck Yeager. In fact, the first time Bell X1 visited Mountain Stage, they asked only half jokingly if Yeager might be in the audience. This performance is taken from the band's second appearance on the show in 2011, and opens this weekend's special Irish Tribute edition of Mountain Stage.

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Legendary Texas singer and songwriter Townes Van Zandt made three appearances on "Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce" before his death in 1997. In honor of his birthday we're sharing two songs from his 1995 appearance; "If I Needed You" and "Buckskin Stallion Blues."

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One of the most respected bluegrass bands of all time, The Del McCoury Band is one of the few groups who are equally beloved by audiences at traditional bluegrass festivals and hippie jam band gatherings. They perform the song "In Despair" on this week's premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage.

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Acclaimed songwriters and longtime friends Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin share the stage on this week's broadcast, with a special extended set that includes material from both of their catalogs - including this song, "That Don't Worry Me Now."

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Comprised of iconic singer-songwriters Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock, The Flatlanders are widely regarded as one of country-rock's most influential bands, despite their short time together. They reunite on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with their song "Hopes Up High."

Mountain Stage Webcast - February 16, 2014

Feb 14, 2014

We hope you're able to join us in person at Mountain Stage featuring Lake Street Dive, Willie Sugarcapps, Shonna Tucker, The Steel Wheels, and Gregory Alan Isakov.

Thanks again to West Virginia Public Broadcasting's tireless television production staff for making this happen. So whether you join us online or in person, thanks for supporting live music on Mountain Stage. We'll see you at 7 right here or at mountainstage.org.

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We hope you can tune in to this weekend's special encore broadcast of Mountain Stage, featuring the First Family of the Banjo, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn. The Stray Birds are also there, along with Houndmouth, Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman Glen Phillips, and award winning bluegrass band The SteelDrivers.

Listen this Sunday at 2pm on West Virginia Public Radio, or on one of 130 stations across America.

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Partners in life and music, world-renowned banjo players Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn began playing their first series of shows together just last year. Abigail joked that they were appearing on Mountain Stage as a trio, as she was 7 months pregnant at the time of their performance. Only a few weeks later, the couple finally welcomed baby Juno Fleck into the world. Their set begins with this song, "City of Refuge."

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Mountain Stage returns to your dial this weekend with an episode featuring one of America's finest, funniest, and poignant songwriters, Loudon Wainwright III. Hitmaker Paula Cole performs her most beloved songs, along with a few new tunes. You'll also hear from The Overmountain Men, Paleface, and The Sea The Sea, which includes singer-songwriter Mira Stanley, who practically grew up backstage at Mountain Stage alongside her father Ron Sowell.

Mountain Stage returns to West Virginia University's Creative Arts Center in Morgantown this Sunday with world music superstar Angelique Kidjo, Valerie June, The Julian Lage Trio, and Damon Flower.  Tickets for this show are still available at 304.293.SHOW, ticketmaster.com, and in person at the CAC Box Office.

It's our first show in Morgantown of 2014! We hope to see you there.

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The Sea The Sea are Mira Stanley and Chuck E. Costa. Now based out of New York, the duo have serious West Virginia roots - Mira spent much of her youth backstage alongside her father, Mountain Stage band leader Ron Sowell. Their song "Watertreader" appears on their new album, which they recorded with renowned producer and longtime-Ani DiFranco sideman Todd Sickafoose.

Larry Groce remembers Dave Van Ronk, who appeared on Mountain Stage in 1995:

“In the early sixties, pretty much every serious aspiring folkie with a thumb pick and four chords knew of Dave Van Ronk, even if they’d never heard him. As the age of singer-songwriters took shape with Bleeker and McDougal its mythical epicenter, Van Ronk was the burly, growly bohemian who always seemed to be in the mix - even if you were hearing about him third hand far from NYC.

Mountain Stage has had some spectacular live shows on Super Bowl Sunday over the years, and dare we say that 2014 is no exception. Rising Americana star Justin Townes Earle will be joining us, along with folk institution John Gorka. Elizabeth & The Catapult make their second appearance on the show, and you'll also hear sets from Nellie McKay and Wesley Stace (who you may also know as John Wesley Harding).

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We hope you can listen to this week's special encore broadcast of Mountain Stage, featuring guitar master Robben Ford. Incendiary retro-rockers Vintage Trouble will also be there, along with singer-songwriters Steve Forbert and Mieka Pauley; and indie rockers Milo Greene kick of the show.

Listen on West Virginia Public Radio this Sunday at 2 pm, or on one of 130 public radio stations across America.

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Widely regarded as one of America's finest blues and rock guitarists, Robben Ford has collaborated with everyone from Joni Mitchell and Miles Davis to KISS. For his latest solo release, Bringing It On Home, Ford brought things back to basics by using only a single guitar. He kicks off his Mountain Stage set with this song, declaring that from now on, "Every Thing I Do Gonna Be Funky."

Josh Saul

We hope you can tune in this weekend to the special encore broadcast of Mountain Stage featuring western swing standard-bearers Asleep at the Wheel, along with summer festival favorites Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, and white-hot Irish acoustic group Lunasa, songwriter Kate Campbell, and Brooklyn-based stringband The Down Hill Strugglers.

Asleep at the Wheel
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Legendary Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel have been performing for more than 40 years. Here's a live staple, most recently recorded by the band with Willie Nelson,  called "Hesitation Blues," from the band's eighth appearance on "Mountain Stage."

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