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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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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10:58 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Hear the Steep Canyon Rangers Play "Tell the Ones I Love" Live on Mountain Stage

The Steep Canyon Rangers, Live on Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 11:06 am

Bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers appear on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, fresh off their Grammy award-winning collaborations with Steve Martin. Here they perform the title track from their latest album, "Tell The Ones I Love."

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11:23 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Hear Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott Play "It All Comes Down to Love" Live on Mountain Stage

Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott Live on Mountain Stage

Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott are two of roots music's most formidable singer-songwriters in their own right, but when they join forces, the results are nothing less than spectacular. Here they perform "It All Comes Down to Love," from their acclaimed collaboration Memories and Moments.

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1:05 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Ginger Power: Redheads on Mountain Stage

Brett Dennen on Mountain Stage

Between Brett Dennen, Joy Kills Sorrow singer Emma Beaton, and retro-inspired diva Dominique Pruitt, it's safe to say that redheads run this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage. With that in mind, we thought this was a great excuse to take a look back at powerful performances by redheads on Mountain Stage. First though, two from this week's broadcast.

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10:53 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Hear Brett Dennen Play "Don't Mess With Karma," Live from Mountain Stage

Brett Dennen on Mountain Stage

Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen was so beloved by the audience in Charleston that he was asked to perform an encore at the end of his set - a Mountain Stage rarity. Here he is performing "Don't Mess With Karma," from this week's special encore broadcast.

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3:45 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Listen to Jesse Winchester Play "Never Forget to Boogie," Live on Mountain Stage

Jesse Winchester - live on Mountain Stage, 2013

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3:14 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Hear Jesse Winchester play "That's What Makes You Strong," Live from Mountain Stage

Jesse Winchester, Live on Mountain Stage

Many have tried - but the late Jesse Winchester was among the elite group of songwriters who could truly captivate an audience with just his words, his voice, and an acoustic guitar. Here he preforms one of his most beloved tunes, "That's What Makes You Strong," in front of an entranced Morgantown audience during his final Mountain Stage appearance, recorded in October of last year.

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10:43 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Hear Dave Mason Perform "We Just Disagree" Live from Mountain Stage

Dave Mason, live on Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 1:42 pm

English singer-songwriter and musician Dave Mason has had his hand in countless classic rock staples, including his chart-topping single "We Just Disagree." He performs it here, on the special 800th episode of Mountain Stage.

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4:35 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Hear Dawes Play "Most People" Live from Mountain Stage

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes on Mountain Stage

For this week's rebroadcast of the 800th episode of Mountain Stage, we have a special bonus Song of the Week: "Most People" by California rock band Dawes. It's been a staff favorite since it was first released last year, and the Mountain Stage performance of the song features extended guitar work by frontman Taylor Goldsmith that isn't usually heard in other broadcasts.

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3:54 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Watch Umphrey's McGee Live on Mountain Stage

Umphrey's McGee

  Umphrey's McGee  will be perform a special one hour show at Mountain Stage Sunday night, and you can watch right here or at

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10:57 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Hear Lori McKenna Perform "If I Could Buy This Town" Live on Mountain Stage

Lori McKenna live on Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 2:23 pm

Based out of her hometown of Stoughton, Massachusetts, Lori McKenna has become one of Nashville's most in-demand singer-songwriters. Here she performs "If I Could By This Town," on an episode of Mountain Stage recorded on the north shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

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3:51 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Hear Mountain Stage with The BoDeans, Jill Sobule, Julia Sweeney & More This Saturday

Dead Man Winter
Josh Saul

This week's broadcast of Mountain Stage is the first of two episodes recorded on the road in Grand Marais, Minnesota. You'll hear sets from roots rock vets The BoDeans, featuring legendary rock drummer Kenny Aronoff. Jill Sobule and SNL alum Julia Sweeney give you a taste of The Jill & Julia Show, and you'll also hear Trampled By Turtles electric cousin Dead Man Winter, along with The Pines, and Jonathan Rundman.

Listen this Saturday night at 8pm on West Virginia Public Radio, or on one of more than 130 stations across America.

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11:55 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Hear The Pines Play "Rise Up and Be Lonely" Live on Mountain Stage

The Pines, Live on Mountain Stage

The lush, dark, and atmospheric sounds Twin Cities band The Pines evoke the steely autumn breeze coming off the shore of Lake Superior, where this week's episode of Mountain Stage was recorded. Here they play the song "Rise Up and Be Lonely" from their 2012 release "Dark So Gold."

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3:34 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Hear The Black Lillies Perform "Gold and Roses" Live on Mountain Stage

The Black Lillies, Live on Mountain Stage

The Black Lillies' signature mix of roots rock and and Appalachian music has earned them a loyal following at festivals across the southeast and beyond. They can be heard on this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with their song "Gold and Roses."

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10:53 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Hear Jason Isbell Play "Traveling Alone" Live on Mountain Stage

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires on Mountain Stage

Accompanied by his wife Amanda Shires on fiddle, Alabama-born singer-songwriter Jason Isbell performs "Traveling Alone," as heard on his acclaimed album "Southeastern."

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10:39 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Mountain Stage Staff Music Picks: Lucius Plays "Turn it Around"

Mountain Stage Assistant Producer Vasilia Scouras Loves Lucius
Josh Saul

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 Vasilia Scouras chose "Turn it Around" by Lucius.

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2:32 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Listen to Mountain Stage with Guest Host Tim O'Brien This Sunday

Special Guest Host TIm O'Brien on Mountain Stage
Josh Saul

We hope you can tune in this Sunday at 2 pm to hear the first ever episode of Mountain Stage to feature a guest host - our oldest and dearest friend, Americana icon and West Virginia native Tim O'Brien. Rodney Crowell is there, along with The Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, Tattletale Saints, and another band with deep West Virginia Roots, The Sea The Sea.

Thanks for listening!

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4:37 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Hear Keb' Mo' perform "The Worst is Yet to Come" Live on Mountain Stage

Keb' Mo' live on Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 12:27 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.'" In the time since, Keb' Mo' has become one of America's most respected and beloved blues artists. Here he performs "The Worst is Yet to Come" from his brand new studio album Blues Americana.

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10:39 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Hear Amy Ray Play "Duane Allman" on Mountain Stage

Amy Ray on Mountain Stage

Indigo Girl Amy Ray visits Mountain Stage this week, with songs from her latest solo release. Growing up in Georgia, The Allman Brothers were one of the very first bands Ray listened to, playing a major part in her musical upbringing. Here she pays tribute to the band's beloved legendary lead guitarist with the song "Duane Allman."

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10:03 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Robert Cray - "You Move Me" - Live from Mountain Stage

Robert Cray live on Mountain Stage

In addition to being one of America's foremost electric blues guitarists, Robert Cray's nimble vocals allow him to venture into R&B and rock sounds, as he does here with the song "You Move Me."

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4:08 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Solas - "Am I Born to Die?" - Live from Mountain Stage

Solas live on Mountain Stage

Irish-American supergroup Solas have visited Mountain Stage 8 times through the years. Here the band's newest member Noriana Kennedy takes the lead, alongside founders Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan, with the heart-wrenching Irish traditional song "Am I Born to Die."

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9:02 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Watch Lake Street Dive Perform "Bad Self Portraits" on Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 11:06 am

Lake Street Dive's second appearance on Mountain Stage debuts on West Virginia Public Radio this Sunday at 2pm. Visit the Mountain Stage YouTube channel for even more videos.

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11:33 am
Wed April 30, 2014

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

Lake Street Dive on Mountain Stage

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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4:20 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

R.E.M - "Losing My Religion" - Live from Mountain Stage

R.E.M. on Mountain Stage, April 28th, 1991

23 years ago today, iconic alt-rock band R.E.M. appeared on Mountain Stage. It was one of only three shows the band would play that year.

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