Mountain Stage

Saturday 6-8PM
  • Hosted by Larry Groce

Celebrating its 30th season in 2013,  Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce guarantees listeners the best seats in the house for new performers and established artists. It's a two-hour weekly exploration of the exciting and spontaneous sound of live performance, offering intelligent, contemporary music of various roots and styles.

Hosted by Larry Groce, the show emanates from the Mountain State of West Virginia, with stops in other regions becoming more frequent. With Mountain Stage, listeners are treated to the performers and the place.

Produced by WV Public Broadcasting, this award-winning show is the longest-running program of its kind. Well over 1,200 artists have appeared on the Stage since it premiered in 1983.

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This week, Mountain Stage dips into its 30 year archive of live music to visit a 1999 performance by acclaimed songwriter Randy Newman.

Singer, Songwriter and pianist Allen Toussaint is not only a New Orleans institution, but he's had his hands in many of the most popular tunes in the American songbook.

It's always a special occasion when Ray Wylie Hubbard returns to Mountain Stage.

Born and raised in the Clay County, West Virginia town of Ivydale, David Morris and his brother John became an important link between oldtime masters like Ira Mullins and the new breed of folk and traditional artists in West Virginia.

Like many of the most beloved artists who perform on Mountain Stage, singer-songwriter and guitarist Mac McAnally may not be a household name, but his music might as well be.

Listen to Solas on Mountain Stage

Mar 11, 2015

Irish-American supergroup Solas have visited Mountain Stage 8 times through the years.

One of roots music's most respected singer-songwriters, Rodney Crowell closes this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage, with special guest host Tim O'Brien.

This week's special encore broadcast of Mountain Stage features Keb' Mo', Joan Osborne, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Subdude Tommy Malone.

Keb' Mo' - "The Worst is Yet to Come" - Live from Mountain Stage

Singer-songwriter Kevin Moore first visited Mountain Stage nearly 20 years ago, around the same time he adopted the stage name of "Keb' Mo.'"

Indigo Girl Amy Ray appears on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with songs from her latest solo release.

The four virtuoso musicians that make up Lake Street Dive met as students at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music, and after performing together for nearly a decade are now regarded as America's premier indie pop band. Here they play "Clear a Space," from their latest album Bad Self Portraits.

Black Prairie began as a bluegrass-influenced side project lead by 3 of the 5 members of indie rock band The Decemberists. 

Acclaimed singer-songwriter James McMurtry makes his 10th appearance on Mountain Stage this weekend, with songs from his first new album in 7 years.

Listen to Dr. John on Mountain Stage

Jan 7, 2015

From the Mountain Stage reel-to-reel archives. Recorded live, January 8th, 1989.

Setlist:

Iko Iko

My Buddy

Such a Night

Right Place

Walk on Gilded Splinters

Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying

Medley (Instrumental)

This week's broadcast of Mountain Stage features a performance by guitar virtuoso Julian Lage.

Iconic Midwestern folk singer John Gorka returned to Mountain Stage in February 2014 with a brand new song that he introduced as his "love letter to Charleston" in its time of need. Here he performs "Give Us Back Our Water," from this week's special encore broadcast.

Hear Holly Williams, Live on Mountain Stage

Dec 16, 2014

Holly Williams - Drinkin' - Live on Mountain Stage

Holly Williams’ lineage is bonafide country royalty: her father is Hank Jr. and her grandfather is Hank Sr. But as a singer-songwriter, her voice is all her own, as you'll hear in the song "Drinkin'," from her acclaimed album The Highway.

It's not stretch to call Catherine Russell one of the most respected and versatile singers working today. Blessed with a voice that doesn't confine her to a single genre, she worked with everyone from Paul Simon to David Bowie and Dolly Parton. But jazz is what she does best - here she performs "Aged and Mellow," live from this week's premiere broadcast.

This Sunday, December 7, point your browser to MountainStage.org at 7pm EST to watch "Mountain Stage" with Larry Groce celebrate the end of their 31st season of live performance radio. You'll be able to watch performances by Canadian singer/songwriter Rose Cousins, new-time string-band The Stray Birds, Kentucky's Joan Shelley, Portland's Black Prairie (featuring members of the Decemberists) and pop-culture icon Lisa Loeb. This will be episode #834, and the last live production of the year.

First Family of the Banjo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn return to Mountain Stage this week, with songs from the first album they've recorded together as a duo. Over a bed of intertwined banjos, Abigail takes the lead on a song Bela wrote, lyrics and all, "What'cha Gonna Do?"

This week's special Thanksgiving weekend broadcast of Mountain Stage features a performance by bluegrass icons the Traveling McCourys, who are joined onstage by acoustic music hero Keller Williams. When playing together, they're known to explore sounds ranging from the traditional to jazz and jamband, along with covers of well-known pop songs. Here they perform Jessie J's hit "Price Tag," recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston.

Singer, songwriter, golf pro, and nationally recognized horse race handicapper Chip Taylor may be the actual Most Interesting Man in the World. While he's written hits like "Wild Thing" and "Angel of the Morning," one of his best known solo albums was his country-influenced "This Side of the Big River," which featured a cover of the famous Johnny Cash tune of the same name. He performs it live on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage.

Husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope return to this week’s broadcast of Mountain Stage with songs from their latest album, Swimmin’ Time. Here they perform the song “Evil,” which showcases their passionate harmonies and uncharacteristically dark lyrics.

While Canadian singer-songwriter Jill Barber’s smoky, soulful voice has made her an alt-cabaret favorite on Canada's folk scene, she’s also known for penning songs with timeless hooks and melodies. Here she performs “Broken for Good,” from this week’s premiere broadcast of Mountain Stage.

It's been said that singer, songwriter and performer Judith Owen displays the depth of Carole King with the European flair of Annie Lennox. Her latest album, Ebb & Flow pays tribute to artists  who inspired her, like Carole King, along with James Taylor and the Beatles. Here she performs the McCartney standard "Blackbird," backed by legendary session bass player Leland Sklar.

An undisputed master of acoustic blues guitar,  Chris Smither's  songwriting often draws on the influences of poets, folk singers, philosophers and humorists. Now in his 5th decade of making music, Smither made his 13th appearance on Mountain Stage this year, when the show visited the lakeside town of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Here he performs "Get a Better One," recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School.

Roane County, West Virginia native Dave Bing is a veteran fiddle teacher and musician, with decades and performing throughout the United States and abroad. He's backed here by fellow West Virginian Ben Townsend (of beloved stringband The Fox Hunt) on banjo and vocals for "Red Mountain Wine."

Saturday, October 11th  at 8PM

Join us for a special broadcast of a performance recorded in April featuring Americana Folk Trio Red Molly.

Since 2004, Red Molly has performed to crowds throughout the United States, as well as Australia and Denmark. Opening for such legendary acts as Willie Nelson, the trio — Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Venter — has earned critical accolades and its own unique fan base, who call themselves “RedHeads.”

Although she's a bona fide country music superstar, on this week's episode of Mountain Stage, Martina McBride explores her rhythm and blues side. Backed her 11 member road band, which includes a 4 piece horn section, Martina McBride performs the Willie Dixon-penned Little Walter classic, "My Babe."

Whether you call it progressive rock, progressive improvisation or "improg," the force of Umphrey's McGee's musicianship cannot be denied. On any give night they can be found performing for thousands of screaming fans, but on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, they deliver a special performance for a sold-out crowd of 400. Here they are performing "Comma Later," live in Charleston.

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