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Our Mountain Stage Song of the Week comes from enchanting jazz and pop vocalist Kat Edmonson, who makes her third appearance on the show with songs from her album called "Old Fashioned Gal."

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The seeds of our Song of the Week were sown from a tune that Los Angeles area musician Joachim Cooder would sing to his houseplant, called a Fuchsia Machu Picchu.

Listen: R.E.M. on Mountain Stage

Apr 28, 2019

R.E.M. made their historic visit to Mountain Stage 28 years ago this week. The appearance was just one of three shows scheduled to promote their upcoming release "Out of Time."  The other appearances included in the media tour were "Saturday Night Live" and MTV's "Unplugged."

The anniversary is all the reason we need to revisit their performance of "It's The End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. on April 28th, 1991.

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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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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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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.

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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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 is by revered Nashville-based songwriter Gretchen Peters.

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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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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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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.

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.


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 will celebrate its 34th Anniversary this Sunday, December 3 at the Culture Center Theater on the grounds of the State Capitol. Doors open at 6:30p.m. and the show starts at 7p.m., but you should make plans to arrive early because we have a couple of special surprises for our ticket holders, so keep reading.

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This week's episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is a special one, comprised of some of our favorite performances of the last couple of years.

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2016 was a big year for NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage. We celebrated 33 years of live performance radio, commemorated the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s legendary set, and listened to the voices of two new guest hosts

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When R.E.M. appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage on April 28, 1991, they were one of the biggest bands in the world. Though when they released Out of Time, in March of that year, they decided against touring behind it, opting for media appearances instead. One of these appearances was Mountain Stage.

Mountain Stage's Larry Groce and A Change of Tune's Joni Deutsch join over 50 public radio hosts in listing their favorite songs of 2015.
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Public radio hosts from across the country came together this past month to pick their favorite songs of 2015. The result? An NPR Music Best Songs of 2015 playlist, of course!  Here's a recap of that list and the music you heard this past year on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Josh Saul

Heed Larry Groce's words, folks: John Mark Nelson is going places.

Max Nolte

There's no place like public radio when it comes to discovering new and emerging music. And there's no better time than today to be a part of West Virginia's budding music scene.

That's why I was so excited to be a part of NPR's Heavy Rotation to talk about my love for Ona, a Huntington band that has been on my radar for a while but will be on the world's radar soon enough.