Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

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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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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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Asheville, N.C. based roots-pop group River Whyless make their second appearance on Mountain Stage during this week's broadcast.

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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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Thanks to our colleauges at VuHaus and the video production department at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, we are offering a live video webcast of THIS SUNDAY'S Mountain Stage from the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

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Due to a family emergency The Lone Bellow have asked to reschedule their performance on Mountain Stage and are unable to appear this Sunday, November 11.

A mutually agreeable date to reschedule the The Lone Bellow will be announced later.

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Mountain Stage with Larry Groce will kick off its 36th season of live performance radio with two January live events just announced.

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The lineup has been finalized for Mountain Stage’s 35th Anniversary show in Charleston, W.Va., Sunday December 2.

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Tickets are still available for this Sunday's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce featuring Bottle Rockets, Amy Helm, Alela Diane, John R. Miller & the Engine Lights and Hubby Jenkins. Now, thanks to our colleagues at VuHaus and West Virginia Public Broadcasting you can watch along wherever you are.

Pianist Bob Thompson returns with 27th edition of Joy to the World, featuring guest-vocalist Jane Monheit.

Update: Sept. 24, 2018- Thank you to everyone who watched along with us or attended last night's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. Listen for this show starting October 26 on our NPR affiliates, and keep an eye on the Mountain Stage VuHaus Channel for select performances from last night's how.

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Mountain Stage broadcast its first regularly scheduled episode on Dec. 11, 1983. Host Larry Groce and  West Virginia Public Broadcasting will celebrate the program's 35 years on public radio with episode #935 on Sunday, December 2 at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Ticket info is available here.

“Candy Rain” is the new single from the upcoming self-titled debut album by Hello June.

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First released by Bill Withers in 1974, "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh" has been covered by artists like Diana Ross, Al Jarreau and Joan Osborne. This week, it's our Song of the Week performed by Grammy-winning blues and soul man Robert Cray, who makes his sixth appearance on Mountain Stage on this week's encore broadcast.

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A great deal has changed since 1964. But when rockabilly purveyor Bill Kirchen performed "The Times They Are A-Changin'" on Mountain Stage in 2017, it brought it back into focus.

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Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is excited to welcome legendary acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke back to Mountain Stage for his 9th appearance. More artists have been added to our Live Show Schedule.

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A throwback to classic southern soul music from a modern-day band, our Song of the Week comes from Alabama's St. Paul & the Broken Bones. Making their second appearance on Mountain Stage with songs from the highly acclaimed second full-length album "Sea of Noise," here's "Flow With It."

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Conductor, multi-instrumentalist and composer of more than 100 orchestral and chamber works, "the Renaissance man of American music" David Amram performs a stunning rendition of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."

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As summer slowly winds down, Mountain Stage is making plans for the Fall with another new live show just announced for Sunday, October 21 in Charleston, W.Va.

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This week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage celebrates the program's 900th episode.  Our Song of the Week is the best-known hit by the hardest of hardcore troubadours, Steve Earle. Here's Earle with his band The Dukes performing 1988's "Copperhead Road."

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Classically-influenced eclectic pop maestro Kishi Bashi locally sourced a quartet of Appalachia-based string players for his performance on Mountain Stage, which you can hear on this week’s encore broadcast with guest-host Joni Deutsch.

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In the fall of 2017, Bruce Cockburn joined Neil Young in being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Our Song of the Week, "Lovers In a Dangerous Time," helps justify that distinction, and can be heard on this week's broadcast during Cockburn's sixth appearance on Mountain Stage with Larry Groce since 2004.

Grammy winning performing artist and West Virginia native Kathy Mattea will release her new album "Pretty Bird" in September and will appear on Mountain Stage Saturday August 11, 2018 as part of the Augusta Heritage Festival on the campus of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va. Tickets are available now.

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Lovingly referred to as The First Family of the Banjo, partners in love, life and music Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn join us on the Mountain Stage for an extended set during this week's encore broadcast.

This Sunday, July 15th, Mountain Stage welcomes Hiss Golden Messenger, Kris Delmhorst, Nicki Bluhm, Teddy Thompson, and The Parachute Brigade to the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV. Tickets are still available online, by phone at 877.987.6487 or locally at Taylor Books. 

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Singing-dancing-acting duo Nancy And Beth (a.k.a actresses Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt) made their Mountain Stage debut in grand style with songs from their self-titled first release. While their set had plenty of good humor and levity, our Song of the Week is their moving performance of a soulful classic, "Waiting for My Child."

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