Mountain Stage Song of the Week

Every Thursday

For over 35 years, Mountain Stage has been the home of live music on public radio.  Each week, host Larry Groce hand picks his Song of The Week from the two hour broadcast and an excerpt is heard every Friday morning during West Virginia Morning.

Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR Music, Mountain Stage can be heard every week on 240 stations across America and around the world via NPR Music and mountainstage.org.

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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.

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Award-winning bluegrass group Balsam Range made their first appearance on Mountain Stage earlier this year with songs from their newly released album "Aeonic".

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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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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."

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This week singer-songwriter Mark Cline Bates makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage with songs from his upcoming album, "King Of The Crows." In our Song of the Week, "Ginger," Bates weaves a heart-wrenching tale about aging, reflection, regret and loss.

Fayetteville, West Virginia's Andrew Adkins is renowned for his honest and heartfelt songwriting. His  fourth solo album, "Who I Am," was produced by Mountain Stage band leader Ron Sowell.

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North Carolina's Mandolin Orange have been guests on Mountain Stage four times since 2013. Their latest album, Tides of a Teardrop, was released shortly after their most recent appearance, and it landed at the top of four different Billboard Music Charts

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A brand new season of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce kicks off this weekend as we celebrate our 35th Anniversary.

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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.

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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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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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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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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Bit Logic is the latest album from road-tested, blue-collar rockers Bottle Rockets, who have been visiting Mountain Stage since 1995.

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This week's Song of the Week is by revered Nashville-based songwriter Gretchen Peters.

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Michael and Tanya Trotter are the driving voices behind The War And Treaty. With an inspirational sound that blends classic roots, gospel and R&B with country and soul, The War And Treaty are a treat to experience live.

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Renowned acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke has a career that spans five decades, dating back to his 1969 debut album 6 & 12 String Guitar. This week you'll hear his 10th appearance on Mountain Stage since 1990, including our pick for Song of the Week.

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Recorded at the Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta, OH, this week's episdoe of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce features a broad array of musical styles, drawing from pop, rock, soul and folk.

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Hear one of music's most distinct vocalists perform songs from her new album in this week's episode of Mountain Stage, recorded at the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, W.Va.

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Emmy-winning actor Jeff Daniels is also an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, who recently appeared on Mountain Stage along with the Ben Daniels Band, led by his son Ben, which also includes Jeff's  daughter Amanda.

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