Song of the Week

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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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Do you remember the 18th of September, 2016? If you were at Mountain Stage you sure do. It was a ladies’ night and the feeling was oh so right.

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

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

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

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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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Ohio based duo Cave Twins, featuring David Mayfield on mandolin and Abby Rose on guitar, sing beautiful harmony on a heart felt dose of encouragment for our Song of the Week, "Keep on Singing."

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Iconic musician, songwriter and producer Nick Lowe returned to Mountain Stage flanked by surf-rock legends Los Straitjackets to perform a set of songs from their latest EP “Love Starvation/Trombone.”

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Renowned singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin is marking the 30th anniversary of her landmark album "Steady On" with acoustic treatments of the songs.

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Songwriter's Hall of Fame member and twice-grammy nominated artist Beth Nielsen Chapman performs on this week's episode of Mountain Stage with guest-host Kathy Mattea.

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With unmatched musicianship and a good dose of humor, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn are featured on this week's episode of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.
 

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Percussive dance blends with old-time instruments for a fresh take on traditional music by the trio called T-Mart Rounders, who have our Song of the Week.

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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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Michael and Tanya Trotter are the driving voices behind The War And Treaty. With an energetic 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 we're revisiting 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,  in 2018, this week's episode 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 encore episode of Mountain Stage, recorded at the Augusta Heritage Festival in Elkins, W.Va. in 2018.

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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.

Country music star Lee Ann Womack released her album "The Lonely, The Lonesome, & The Gone"  last year to critical acclaim. Our Song of the Week is her performance of "All The Trouble,"

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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: John Gorka on Mountain Stage

Apr 4, 2019
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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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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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