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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Renowned jazz singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli brings his trio to Mountain Stage in this week's encore episode.

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Our Song of the Week comes from the Hardcore Troubadour himself, Steve Earle.

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Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale are the singers, songwriters and guitarists that comprise the modern folk duo The Milk Carton Kids. Hear their 2019 performance on "Mountain Stage" starting this Friday.

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This week’s broadcast reflects on some of our favorite performers who appeared on Mountain Stage in recent years during FestivALL Charleston, the city-wide arts celebration that helps our hometown become a work of art throughout the year, including their summer and fall festivals.

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Our Song of the Week is a modern-day blues original by the incomparable Adia Victoria.

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Our Listeners’ Choice series of special broadcasts continues this weekend with a 2016 episode featuring Indigo Girls, Patty Larkin, Lydia Loveless and country mega-star Wynonna & the Big Noise.

With essentially every large American music festival canceled for the summer of 2020, we sure could use a dance-inciting funky live set to pry us off the couch and help us shout it out, shake it off and get our groove back.

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This week’s broadcast continues our Listeners' Choice series with a 2015 episode we recorded at The Clay Center in Charleston, W.Va. during FestivALL Charleston. We’ll hear performances by Chris Stapleton, Joan Osborne, Joe Ely, and a collaboration between The Fairfield Four and The McCrary Sisters called “Rock My Soul.”

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It’s a certifiable all-star line-up on this week’s show with performances by acclaimed soul troop Robert Cray Band, gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama, blues torchbearer John Hammond, and Dumpstaphunk, recorded in Charleston, W.Va. on March 23, 2014.

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Our Listeners' Choice episodes of Mountain Stage continue this week with a classic show from 2011 featuring Dawes, Jason Isbell & 400 Unit, Blitzen Trapper, James McMurtry and Matthew Sweet.

Check out the playlist here and find out where you can listen on these public radio stations starting Friday.

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This week's Listeners' Choice episode of Mountain Stage comes from a road-show recorded in Bristol, TN/VA with the Birthplace of Country Music.

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This week on Mountain Stage we look back to another classic episode from 2010, this time featuring live performances from Cake, Hayes Carll, Old 97s and Hot Club of Cowtown. Tune in on one of these public radio stations starting this Friday, May 1.

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This week we're looking back to a 2010 episode we recorded at the Clay Center as voted on by our listeners.

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This week Larry Groce is going back four decades to pull some "Gems From the Archive." We'll hear some of our favorite performances from 1990 on this week's special episode.

This week we are revisiting a special edition of Mountain Stage that our host Larry Groce originally compiled in the wake of September 11, 2001. "Songs of Hard Times and Hope" includes uplifting and inspirational songs from Sarah McLachlan, R.E.M., Billy Bragg, The Band, June Tabor, Richard Thompson and more.

For our Song of the Week, Larry chose Rodney Crowell's "Love Is All I Need," which originally appears on Crowell's 2001 album Houston Kid.

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Songwriter Joe Pug has made six appearances on Mountain Stage since 2008. His ability to paint a scene is among his greatest gifts, as you can hear in our song of the week, "After Curfew."

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One of the most awarded groups in bluegrass history sings one of the Mountain State’s most beloved anthems.

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The Portland-based band Frution makes their Mountain Stage debut with songs from Wild As The Night.

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Hear Glen Phillips makes his eighth appearance on Mountain Stage this weekend and enjoy this preview with his performance of "Held Up."

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Mountain Stage returns to new broadcasts this week with our 36th Anniversary Show recorded in December 2019. Our Song of the Week comes from Kentucky's renowned country artist Tyler Childers.

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

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This week's broadcast of "Mountain Stage" revisits a show from last April with special guest host Kathy Mattea that includes an awe-inspiring set from New England quartet Darlingside.

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Morgantown, West Virginia native Charles Wesley Godwin's  song "Coal Country" reminds us that the commodity's impact reaches far beyond Appalachia, broadening the definition of what many think of as "Coal Country."

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This week's Song of the Week is by Americana trio The Lone Bellow.

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Award-winning bluegrass group Balsam Range made their first appearance on Mountain Stage last March with songs from their newly released album Aeonic.

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This week singer-songwriter Mark Cline Bates makes his second appearance on Mountain Stage with songs from 2019 release, King Of The Crows. In our Song of the Week, "Ginger," Bates weaves a heart-wrenching tale about aging, reflection, regret and loss.

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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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We revisit our Anniversary show from 2018 this week with Amy Ray Band, Crash Test Dummies and more.

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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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