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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Mountain Stage continues it’s 36th season of live performance radio with three shows, just announced, for late Summer.

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Our Song of the Week is a fan-favorite from Colorado's The Devil Makes Three.

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The live show is sold out, but thanks to West Virginia Public Broadcasting and VuHaus you can experience this Sunday's Mountain Stage, with guest-host Kathy Mattea, from anywhere.

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This performance by jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell comes from a 2006 Mountain Stage show where she put her special touch on "New Speedway Boogie," a song written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia, first popularized by The Grateful Dead.

Listen: John Gorka on Mountain Stage

Apr 4, 2019
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John Gorka has been a regular guest on Mountain Stage since his first visit in 1989. He has our Song of the Week with "Tattooed," from his latest album "True In Time," accompanied by the Mountain Stage Band.

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Mountain Stage is working through the Spring with an eye on the long Summer evenings, so here’s the latest updates on our upcoming Live Show Schedule. Ticket prices vary per event, and all shows are on sale now online and at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston.

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Songwriter James McMurtry is highly admired by listeners and peers alike for his astute observations and ability to develop characters while painting scenery with just a few, well-chosen words. This week's Song of the Week is McMurtry's "State of the Union," which depicts a family's inner-conflicts, long-standing grudges and stubborn optimism. 

"We're all in the family/The Cursed and the Blessed/It's the State of the Union I guess."

This Sunday, March 24 Mountain Stage welcomes special guest host Kathy Mattea back to the host position as she guides us through a showcase of bluegrass and roots music at its finest.

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June will be a busy month for music lovers as Mountain Stage has scheduled three live tapings in Charleston, W.Va. that will be worth planning a trip for. Tickets for all three shows are on sale now to Mountain Stage Members. Not a member? Click here to find out more, choose a level and sign-up.

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New Orleans based genre-blending band Tank and the Bangas will appear on Mountain Stage at the Culture Center Theater on Sunday, May 19.

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Mountain Stage looks towards Spring as we finalize our upcoming shows in April and May. Browse our entire live-show schedule for details and more links, and be sure to purchase early before the show sells out, like our  April 14 event with Matt Nathanson, Stephen Kellogg, Carbon Leaf and others.

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Ranky Tanky are a South Carolina based band that specializes in "Gullah" music- a style born out of the coastal region and influenced by West African traditions. Here's the band's take on the American folk song, "O Death," for our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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This week's Song of the Week is from Kenny White, a highly regarded session musician, producer, songwriter and pianist.

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Singer Joan Osborne has made eight appearances on Mountain Stage. In her most recent performance, she brought songs from her new collection called "Songs of Bob Dylan."

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Poet, performer, visual artist and rock-and-roll icon Patti Smith joins us on this week's  encore broadcast of Mountain Stage.

Here she performs "People Have The Power," the driving anthem co-written with her husband Fred "Sonic" Smith, a native of Lincoln County, W.Va. who was posthumously inducted into the WV Music Hall of Fame the evening prior to this performance.

This Sunday's Mountain Stage show sold out back in November but we still want you to join in on the music!  Thanks to our video production team at West Virginia Public Broadcasting and our partners at VuHaus, you’ll be able to tune in from the comfort of your home computer or mobile device.

Dailey & Vincent's song "More Than a Name on a Wall" is what Larry Groce calls "one of the most patriotic songs ever performed on Mountain Stage." A beloved favorite for long time fans of Dailey & Vincent, "More Than a Name on a Wall" is for those who have lost loved ones who "died for God and Country in a place so far away." 

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Our Song of the Week is "Southern Gothic," the title track from Tyminski's 2017 release. The album is an artistic departure from a new group led by bluegrass mainstay Dan Tyminski, which incorporates drum loops and electronics for a modernized roots sound.

The group debuted new material from the album in Morgantown this past January.

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Indie-rock band The Mountain Goats have produced 16 studio albums, including their most recent called "Goths." On this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage, the group helps celebrate 34 years of live performance radio as they make their second appearance on the show.

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You can be in the radio audience for performances by Leftover Salmon, Tim O’Brien’s Bluegrass Band, Matt Nathanson, Darlingside and more.

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The latest album from Kentucky's Joan Shelley was produced by Wilco bandleader and songwriter Jeff Tweedy, in his Chicago studio. The pair met backstage at a Mountain Stage taping in February 2016, and the resulting album, Joan Shelley, is a beautiful testament to Shelley's enchanting vocals and timeless, heartfelt songwriting. You can hear all of Shelley's charms in "The Push and Pull," our Song of the Week.

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Tupelo, Mississippi born songwriter Paul Thorn has appeared on Mountain Stage nine times since 1997, each time charming the audience with his trademark humor, wit and introspection.

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Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Glier's latest album "Birds" was written from a very personal place, but based on his growing popularity, the album has a broad appeal.

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In our landmark 35th year we hosted 23 shows, in three states, with 111 guest-artists, one of W.Va's best liars, and we welcomed three guest-hosts. In this post you’ll find some highlights from shows we recorded in 2018, painstakingly narrowed down by our host Larry Groce and staff. There are two Dylan tunes, one Emmy award winner, a Broadway playwright, two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, plenty of fresh faces and some long-time friends.

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Paul Kelley's career has spanned three decades, including 21 albums and six appearances on Mountain Stage. This performance was recorded in October of 2017 when he returned with a full band and songs from his album “Life Is Fine." Enjoy the powerful “Rising Moon,” heard here.

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Grammy winning songwriter and producer Dan Wilson performs his rendition of "Someone Like You," live on Mountain Stage. Wilson co-wrote and produced the song with Adele, for her tremendously successful album 21.

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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.

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This week's episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is a special edition with favorites chosen by some of our staff, band and crew.

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This week's Song of the Week comes from Martinsburg, W.Va's Christian Lopez, recorded in Morgantown with WVU Arts & Entertainment.

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Mountain Stage with Larry Groce will return to the campus of Ohio University on Sunday April 7, 2019 as  guests of OU Performing Arts in partnership with our affiliate station WOUB.

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