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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 on WVPB Radio.

LISTEN: Our Song Of The Week Celebrates The Life And Music Of John Prine

John Prine on Mountain Stage
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John Prine, who we lost in 2020, seen here performing on Mountain Stage in 1997.

This week on Mountain Stage we’re celebrating some of the finest musicians to step foot on the Mountain Stage, but it’s bittersweet as they all left us in 2020.

John Prine made three appearances on Mountain Stage over the years. Our Song of the Week was recorded during his second visit to the show on April 27, 1997 in Huntington, West Virginia. He passed away from complications stemming from Covid-19 in April of 2020. As host, Larry Groce stated in this week’s broadcast “John’s songs had a blue-collar sensibility that cut through the core of human emotions.” Hear "Souvenirs" and five other tunes from John Prine on this week’s special broadcast.

John Prine - Souvenirs, live on Mountain Stage
John Prine on Mountain Stage

In addition to John Prine, this special show celebrates Tony Rice, Justin Townes Earle, Jerry Jeff Walker, Billy Joe Shaver, and other musicians who left us in 2020. We hope you’ll tune in on one of these NPR affiliates as we pay our respect.

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