Mountain Stage

Saturday 6-8PM
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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12:45 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Scenes from This Week's Broadcast with Keb' Mo', Joan Osborne and More

Keb' Mo'
Josh Saul

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 12:59 pm

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

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11:46 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Keb' Mo' Plays "The Worst is Yet to Come," Live on Mountain Stage

Keb' Mo' live on Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 1:03 pm

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.'"

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2:53 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Hear Amy Ray Play "Duane Allman," Live on Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 2:11 pm

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

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12:56 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Lake Street Dive - "Clear a Space" - Live from Mountain Stage

Lake Street Dive on Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 10:56 am

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.

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2:06 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Hear Black Prairie Play "The 84" Live from Mountain Stage

Black Prairie on Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 10:46 am

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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12:23 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Hear James McMurtry Play "Ain't Got a Place," Live on Mountain Stage

James McMurtry on Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 2:55 pm

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

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2:02 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Listen to Dr. John on Mountain Stage

Dr. John on the Mountain Stage loading dock in Charleston, West Virginia.

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


Iko Iko

My Buddy

Such a Night

Right Place

Walk on Gilded Splinters

Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying

Medley (Instrumental)

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10:49 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Listen to Guitar Virtuoso Julian Lage on Mountain Stage

Julian Lage on Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 2:56 pm

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

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9:12 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Hear John Gorka Play "Give Us Back Our Water," Live from Mountain Stage

John Gorka live on Mountain Stage

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.

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12:23 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Hear Holly Williams, Live on Mountain Stage

Holly Williams on Mountain Stage

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.

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9:02 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Hear Catherine Russell Play "Aged and Mellow" Live on Mountain Stage

Catherine Russell, live on Mountain Stage

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.

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1:37 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

WATCH LIVE: Mountain Stage Sunday at 7pm

Watch this Sunday's Mountain Stage live from anywhere in the world at

This Sunday, December 7, point your browser to 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.

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6:15 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Hear Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn Play "What'cha Gonna Do" Live on Mountain Stage

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn on Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 10:59 am

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?"

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9:22 am
Tue November 25, 2014

The Traveling McCourys With Keller Williams - "Price Tag" - Live from Mountain Stage

The Traveling McCourys featuring Keller Williams - Live from Mountain Stage

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.

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3:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Hear Chip Taylor Play "Big River" Live on Mountain Stage

Chip Taylor, live on Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:19 am

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.

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9:02 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Hear Shovels & Rope Play "Evil," Live on Mountain Stage

Shovels and Rope, Live on 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.

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4:23 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Hear Jill Barber Perform "Broken for Good" Live from Mountain Stage

Jill Barber, live on Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 12:20 pm

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.

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2:22 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Hear Judith Owen Perform "Blackbird" Live on Mountain Stage

Judith Owen Live on 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.

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5:10 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Hear Chris Smither Play "Get a Better One" Live on Mountain Stage

Chris Smither, live on Mountain Stage

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.

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10:49 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Hear Dave Bing & Ben Townsend Play "Red Mountain Wine" Live on Mountain Stage

Dave Bing and Ben Townsend live on Mountain Stage

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."

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1:54 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Red Molly- "Live" from S.U.

Red Molly

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.”

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10:23 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Hear Martina McBride Perform "My Babe" Live on Mountain Stage

Martina McBride, live on Mountain Stage

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."

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4:18 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Hear Umphrey's McGee Play "Comma Later" on Mountain Stage

Umphrey's McGee, live on Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 8:24 am

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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9:02 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Hear Rosanne Cash Play "A Feather's Not a Bird," Live on Mountain Stage

Rosanne Cash, live on Mountain Stage

Rosanne Cash's song "A Feather's Not a Bird" comes from her latest album, "River and the Thread," which was inspired a recent trip she took through the American deep south. She performs the song live on Mountain Stage, backed by her partner in life and music, guitarist and producer John Leventhal.

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12:05 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Hear Jason Isbell Play "Cover Me Up" Live on Mountain Stage

Jason Isbell performs "Cover Me Up," Live on Mountain Stage

Jason Isbell took home top honors last night at the 2014 American Music Association's awards ceremony in Nashville; winning  Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for "Cover Me Up." Isbell perfomed "Cover Me Up" when he visited Mountain Stage last year, backed by his wife Amanda Shires on violin.

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3:42 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Hear Paul Thorn Play "What the Hell is Going On?," Live on Mountain Stage

Paul Thorn on Mountain Stage

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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10:02 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Hear Twin Forks Play "Kiss Me Darling" Live from Mountain Stage

Twin Forks, live on NPR's Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

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

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9:02 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Tune in This Saturday for Patty Griffin, The Head and the Heart, and More on Mountain Stage

Patty Griffin, live on Mountain Stage
Josh Saul

Mountain Stage returns to your radio this weekend with the first premiere broadcast of our fall season. You'll hear from singer-songwriter Patty Griffin, with songs from her long-unreleased classic Silver Bell. 90's hitmakers Toad the Wet Sprocket play some of their best-know songs (including "All I Want" and "Walk on the Ocean") and a few new classics. Indie acoustic darlings The Head and The Heart make their first Mountain Stage appearance, along with newcomer and instant crowd favorite Parker Millsap.

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1:32 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Hear Toad the Wet Sprocket Play "Walk on the Ocean" Live on Mountain Stage

Toad the Wet Sprocket, live on Mountain Stage

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

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9:32 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Mountain Stage Staff Picks: Mieka Pauley Plays "Wreck"

Mountain Stage Associate Producer Jeff Shirley.

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 1:40 pm

Earlier in the year, Mountain Stage staffers each picked a single performance to be featured as bonus content on the "best of" USB drives that are given away as pledge premiums. Associate Producer Jeff Shirley chose "Wreck" by singer-songwriter Mieka Pauley:

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