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.

Otis Gibbs

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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One of the best break-out Americana acts out of the Keystone State, Pennsylvania trio The Stray Birds return to the Mountain Stage with this radio-ready performance of their tune "Radio." Catch it on over 240+ NPR stations during this week's encore Mountain Stage broadcast.

THIS SUNDAY's Mountain Stage welcomes The Wood Brothers, Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Todd Snider, Kat Wright, and special guest-host Peter Mulvey! 

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"A voice that's part Memphis, part Chicago and all woman," Shemekia Copeland returns to the Mountain Stage with a fiery performance of "The Battle is Over (But the War Goes On)." Catch it on over 240+ NPR stations during this week's encore Mountain Stage broadcast.

Tim O'Brien
Josh Saul

No stranger to the Mountain Stage, acclaimed singer-songwriter and West Virginia native Tim O'Brien makes his returns to the program with a set of songs from the Mountain State, including this cover of Larry Groce's own "When the Mist Clears Away," which you can hear during this week's encore broadcast.

Judith Owen
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If Judith Owen had not gone off to become a powerhouse singer-songwriter, she could have easily become a full-time humorist with her sharp wit and self-deprecating charm.

For her fourth appearance on Mountain Stage, the Welsh chanteuse is joined by Portuguese percussionist Pedro Segundo and the legendary bassist Leland Sklar for a performance of "We Give In," which you can also hear during this week's broadcast.

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(Important Ticketing Update)
Mountain Stage with Larry Groce welcomes Lee Ann Womack, Caitlyn Smith, The Travelin' McCourys, Haley Heynderickx, and Anthony da Costa to Mountain Stage this Sunday in Charleston.

Margo Price
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Country music's reigning honky-tonk queen, Margo Price, performs "Hurtin' (on the Bottle)" from this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. 

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Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is pleased to welcome Americana group The Lone Bellow and their acoustic TRIIIO tour to Mountain Stage later this fall.

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is about to get back into their schedule of live performances in Charleston, WV, starting this Sunday May 13 at the Culture Center Theater.

Tickets are still available online and at Taylor Books in downtown, Charleston.

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Rock and roller and WV native William Matheny has just released a new EP, "Moon Over Kenova," that includes some B-Sides, covers and other rarities, including Matheny and his band's 2016 set on Mountain Stage.

Mountain Stage is busy planning our Summer schedule. We've already announced two August road shows- On Saturday, August 11 we return to the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, and Sunday, August 19 we’ll be at the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta, OH.

Now we’re rolling out two July shows and both on sale now!

Alysse Gafkjen

On Sunday June 24 Mountain Stage will once again be a part of FestivALL Charleston, the city-wide celebration of the arts in our hometown of Charleston, WV. Iconic songwriters Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Vermont’s emerging soul-music star Kat Wright, have already been announced. Today we’re adding the next round of artists, and our next guest-host.

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This week's episode of Mountain Stage features past performances from the show's archive by Grammy award nominees and winners. Our Song of the Week is "Forget About It," which comes from Alison Krauss and Union Station's 2005 performance on Mountain Stage.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Patti Smith and her family returned to West Virginia in February 2018 to accept the posthumous induction of her husband Fred "Sonic" Smith into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

Due to travel conditions Lee Ann Womack will be unable to appear at Mountain Stage as scheduled on Sunday, March 25. We are rescheduling for Sunday, June 3 at the Culture Center Theater.

Ticket holders may choose to attend the show tonight, featuring James McMurtry, Inara George, John Moreland and The Low Anthem, or redeem/transfer their March 25 tickets to the June 3 show.


UPDATE: Due to travel conditions Lee Ann Womack will be unable to appear as advertised on March 25. We hope to reschedule another date as soon as possible. This post was edited to reflect these changes Sunday morning March, 25.

The lineup for Sunday's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is going to be an Americana honors class that embraces our diverse love of music here in Charleston, W.V.  We'll welcome James McMurtry, The Low Anthem, Inara George and John Moreland.

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is pleased to be a part of this summer's FestivALL Charleston, the city-wide arts and entertainment festival that turns our hometown of Charleston, WV into a work of art.

Tickets are on sale now for Sunday April 8 when Mountain Stage with Larry Groce makes its first trip to Radford University, in Radford, VA.

Steve Brightwell/WV Division of Culture and History

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, the long-running live event and radio program produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR Music, was recognized with the Governor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement at a ceremony held at the Culture Center Theater Wednesday, March 7.

After making 19 appearances as a guest-artist on Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, West Virgina's own country music royalty Kathy Mattea steps up to host the show this Sunday in Charleston, WV. Mattea will welcome performances from Seamus Egan Project, Cheryl Wheeler, Sam Baker, The Mulligan Brothers and Kenny White.

Pokey LaFarge
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"An aural anachronism of country, Western swing, ragtime, jazz, bluegrass and Americana [that] brings the nostalgia to Technicolor-life," critically-acclaimed Mid-Westerner Pokey LaFarge performs a rollicking "Hard Times Come and Go" during his fourth appearance on Mountain Stage with special guest host Todd Burge. 

Mark Seliger

This Sunday, February 25 Mountain Stage is hosting a four-act show in Charleston, WV at the Culture Center Theater. Tickets are still available.

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