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10 Mountain Stage Highlights of 2016
December 29, 2016
The year 2016 was noteworthy for lots of reasons at Mountain Stage . Our 32 nd year of live performance radio from the Mountain State included 25 shows from seven venues in four states and two new guest-hosts! With 2017 around the corner ( 11 shows already on sale ) and nostalgia in the air, here are 10 highlights of the year that made 2016 a special one. If you haven’t already, take a look and listen to our Favorite Performances of 2016 post. * The Show That Almost Wasn’t* Jan. 24, 2016 – Charleston, WV The snow came hard on Friday evening. Guster postponed their show in Philly and stayed put in Pittsburgh, and even did a Facebook Live dumpster concert . After two hours and a little help from a local hardware store , Robert Earl Keen and band finally got out of their hotel parking lot in Charlottesville and on the road to Charleston. The Westies hit the road like nothing had even happened. Sadly our friend Rhett Miller was stranded, however. Fortunately for us our host, co-founder and
Listen: Craig Finn on NPR's Mountain Stage
December 28, 2016
Singer and songwriter Craig Finn is best known as the frontman of the raucous punk-influenced rock band The Hold Steady. But in his solo work, Finn turns his focus to quiet themes of perseverance and redemption, as we can hear on this Mountain Stage performance of "Christine" from his latest album Faith in the Future . This week's broadcast also features performances from wildly soulful roots rocker Langhorne Slim, Oklahoma country-flavored rock outfit Turnpike Troubadours, alt-country musician Rayland Baxter, and soft-singing folkers Tall Heights. Like what you hear? Download the entire show right now on the Mountain Stage podcast (just look for Ep. 857). While you're at it, leave us a rating/review and send us a tweet with your favorite song: we're @mountainstage .
Listen: NRBQ on NPR's Mountain Stage
December 21, 2016
Over the course of nearly half a century, NRBQ - which stands for "New Rhythm and Blues Quartet" - has earned the distinction of being one of the most finely tuned bands in America, with plenty of swing. Lead by founder and pianist Terry Adams, Scott Ligon takes the lead on this Mountain Stage performance of " Waitin ' on my Sweetie Pie." This week's broadcast also features performances from virtuoso guitar duo Nels Cline & Julian Lage, Philly soul crooner Aaron Parnell Brown, Texas-based folk musician Eliza Gilkyson, and West Virginia's own Christian Lopez. Like what you hear? Download the entire show right now on the Mountain Stage podcast (just look for Ep. 856). While you're at it, leave us a rating/review and send us a tweet with your favorite song: we're @mountainstage .
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Mandolin Orange to Perform on Mountain Stage
December 19, 2016
Mountain Stage with Larry Groce welcomes The Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Mandolin Orange to Charleston, West Virginia on March 26.
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The Del McCoury Band to Perform on Mountain Stage
December 15, 2016
Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is proud to announce the return of Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn and The Del McCoury Band to Charleston, West Virginia .
Listen: JD Souther & Nellie McKay Cover Cole Porter on NPR's Mountain Stage
December 14, 2016
As Don Henley's long-time writing partner, JD Souther has had his hands in some of the most memorable pop songs of all time, including "The New Kid in Town" and "Best of My Love." But here, Souther teams up with Mountain Stage favorite Nellie McKay to cover another legendary songwriter: Cole Porter's standard "Every Time We Say Goodbye."
Mountain Stage's Favorite Performances of 2016
December 12, 2016
2016 was a big year for NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting 's Mountain Stage . We celebrated 33 years of live performance radio, commemorated the 25 th anniversary of R.E.M.’s legendary set , and listened to the voices of two new guest hosts .
Listen: John Paul White on NPR's Mountain Stage
December 7, 2016
Once part of the Grammy-winning duo The Civil Wars , Southern folk musician John Paul White returns to the Mountain Stage to perform cuts from his new solo release Beulah, including the atmospheric lament "Once and Future Queen." This week's broadcast also features performances from blues rockers The Fabulous Thunderbirds, all-star ensemble Golden State-Lone Star Blues Revue, English rock legend Terry Reid, and Bayou Americana group The Honey Island Swamp Band. Like what you hear? Subscribe to the Mountain Stage podcast to hear John Paul White's full set in the coming weeks.
Parkersburg's Todd Burge to Guest Host Mountain Stage
December 6, 2016
On Sunday, February 12 , Mountain Stage will have a sweetheart of a Valentine's Day show as we welcome special guest host Todd Burge to present the long-running public radio show.
WVPB's Joni Deutsch, Fil Bo Riva Featured on NPR's Heavy Rotation
December 4, 2016
Every month, NPR asks 10 public-radio music curators to share the songs they're loving right now. This early-winter mix doesn't disappoint. West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Joni Deutsch (host of A Change of Tune and producer/guest host of NPR's Mountain Stage ) shared her favorite song with NPR's Weekend Edition.
Mountain Stage and Blenko Glass Collaborate on 33rd Anniversary Record
December 2, 2016
Milton, WV based Blenko Glass Company has teamed with West Virginia Public Broadcasting to commemorate 33 years of Mountain Stage with a limited edition, hand blown glass record. This one-of-a-kind piece will be available for an introductory price of $60 per piece, at Mountain Stage's SOLD OUT event on Sunday, December 4 in the Culture Center Lobby, and when Mountain Stage opens its "Pop Up Shop" at WVPB, 600 Capitol St. Charleston, WV on Wednesday December 14 and Thursday December 15, from 11a.m. to 6p.m. "Blenko has many opportunities to work with creative people and to translate their ideas into glass," said Dean Six, VP of Marketing and Sales at Blenko, "One of the most exciting, challenging and unique projects we have recently participated in is the record we made for Mountain Stage. The resulting glass phonograph record, for those of us who remember such a thing, is a really fun piece of art glass. Blenko loves to accept challenges and make really fun objects like this." To
WATCH LIVE: Iron & Wine, Tift Merritt, Todd Burge, Andy Shauf & Paper Bird on Mountain Stage
December 1, 2016
Grab some snacks and a party hat! You're invited to the 33rd anniversary celebration of NPR Music and West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Mountain Stage .
Listen: Aoife O'Donovan on NPR's Mountain Stage
November 30, 2016
Spellbinding folk with a captivating voice. It would only make sense for such a performance by Aoife O'Donovan to be titled "Magic Hour," one of the many songs we'll preview on this week's Mountain Stage broadcast. We'll also hear performances by Old Crow Medicine Show crooner Willie Watson, Grammy-nominated country songwriter Brandy Clark, Chicago indie rockers Frances Luke Accord, and acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter John Doyle. Like what you hear? Subscribe to the Mountain Stage podcast to hear Aoife O'Donovan's full set in the coming weeks.
Mountain Stage News: 9 Live Shows Announced for 2017
November 21, 2016
Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is proud to announce nine (that's right, nine ) live shows scheduled for the first few months of 2017.
A Big Band Comes To A Small Town: R.E.M. on Mountain Stage at 25
November 17, 2016
When R.E.M. appeared on NPR 's Mountain Stage on April 28, 1991, they were one of the biggest bands in the world. Though when they released Out of Time , in March of that year, they decided against touring behind it, opting for media appearances instead. One of these appearances was Mountain Stage.