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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Can't make it to this weekend's Mountain Stage? There's a stream for that.

Listen to Chris Smither on Mountain Stage

Jul 29, 2015

The 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 last year when the show returned to 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.

Mountain Stage is Streaming This Sunday!

Jul 24, 2015

Unfortunately Delta Spirit is unable to appear as scheduled July 26 due to unexpected circumstances. And if you can't make it to this Sunday's Mountain Stage with Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Tyler Childers, Jarekus Singleton, and Los Aztex, you can watch live from anywhere at mountainstage.org.

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."

Listen to Martina McBride on Mountain Stage

Jul 15, 2015

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 by her 11 member road band, which includes a 4 piece horn section, McBride performs the 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.

Rosanne Cash's song "A Feather's Not a Bird" comes from her latest album, "River and the Thread," which earned her a Grammy for Best Americana performance earlier this year. She performs the song live on Mountain Stage, backed by her partner in life and music, guitarist and producer John Leventhal.

With his trademark humor and razor-sharp insight, singer-songwriter Paul Thorn asks a question about the state of the world today as only he can: "What the Hell is Going On?"

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After nearly  two decades fronting iconic emo band Dashboard Confessional, Chris Carrabba formed the heavily pop and Americana influenced acoustic quartet Twin Forks. Here they perform "Kiss Me Darling," from their self-titled debut.

Hitmakers Toad the Wet Sprocket made their first appearance on Mountain Stage near the beginning of their career in 1992. They returned 22 years later to perform some of their most beloved songs, including this favorite, "Walk on the Ocean."

Proclaiming “It’s not retro music, it’s American music that never died,” Pokey LaFarge takes to this week's Mountain Stage with songs from his new album," Something in the Water, including this one, "Wanna Be Your Man."

The tight harmonies and furious guitar picking of the Milk Carton Kids recall the sounds of legendary folk duos like Simon and Garfunkel, along with Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. They make their second appearance on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, bringing with them this song, "City of our Lady."

Since they emerged in the mid 1990's, bluegrass band The Gibson Brothers have won nearly every award and accolade the genre has to offer; earning a place alongside great sibling duos like The Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and West Virginia's own Lilly Brothers. But here, they take on the harmonies of Don and Phil Everly, with their own version of the beloved early rock standard "Bye Bye Love."

Alt-country-rock masters Drive-By Truckers return to Mountain Stage this weekend with a preview of the sounds from their "Dirt Underneath" tour.  Inspired by a character in book he'd just finished, singer Patterson Hood wrote the song "Pauline Hawkins" in a single day.

It's been suggested that the Earls of Leicester (pronounced "Lester") might well be one of the greatest band  name puns of all time.

One of acoustic folk and blues' most respected singers, songwriters, and guitarists; Eric Bibb closes this week's all new broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. Here he plays the song "New World Comin' Through."

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The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience featuring Del McCoury on guitar and vocals play "Little Georgia Rose," live on Mountain Stage, recorded April 9th, 1989.

Mountain Stage ventures looks back at a classic show from 2008 this week, featuring Swedish indie folk singer and songwriter Jose Gonzalez.

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. 

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