Steve Earle & The Dukes

Brian Blauser/ Mountain Stage

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

The Legacy Of The Upper Big Branch Disaster

May 13, 2020
Joan Marcus

Ten years ago, the Upper Big Branch Mine exploded in West Virginia. Twenty-nine men died and an investigation uncovered that a legacy of overlooked safety measures contributed to the disaster.

A new play called “Coal Country” focuses on the stories of the men and their families. It aims to put a spotlight on prejudice against the rural working class — to bridge a divide between city dwellers and those who work with their hands underground.

Mountain Stage Archive

We're reflecting on past Mountain Stage appearances from some of the gifted musicians who we lost in 2019.

Brian Blauser/ Mountain Stage

Our radio audiences will hear all new episodes starting this Friday, September 6, on more than 220 NPR stations.

Courtesy of the Artist

Mountain Stage is working through the Spring with an eye on the long Summer evenings, so here’s the latest updates on our upcoming Live Show Schedule. Ticket prices vary per event, and all shows are on sale now online and at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston.