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Listen: Wilco cover Bowie's "Space Oddity" on NPR's Mountain Stage
February 8, 2017
Since their formation as an alt-country influenced group in the mid 90's, Chicago-based band Wilco have evolved into the de facto standard bearers for experimental and indie rock. They close their Mountain Stage set this week with a cover of the late David Bowie's masterpiece "Space Oddity."
Listen: Larry Groce Perform on NPR's Mountain Stage
February 1, 2017
Although he's hosted over 850 episodes, it's been a long time since Mountain Stage host Larry Groce has performed a set of his own on the show. But he does this week, with songs from his first album in over two decades, Live Foreve r . This week's broadcast also features performances from seminal indie pop band Guster, established singer and entertainer Robert Earl Keen, and Americana folk band The Westies. Like what you hear? Download the entire show right now on the Mountain Stage podcast (just look for Ep. 862). While you're at it, leave us a rating/review and send us a tweet with your favorite song: we're @mountainstage .
Listen: Blitzen Trapper on NPR's Mountain Stage
January 25, 2017
Since their formation in 2000, Portland-based indie rock band Blitzen Trapper have played nearly every major festival in America and shared the stage with the likes of Iron & Wine and Wilco. Here they play "Black River Killer" from this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce.
LISTEN: Mountain Stage Remembers Maggie Roche of The Roches
January 22, 2017
UPDATED : Larry Groce pulled the following performances from our archives as a tribute to Maggie Roche and her work on Mountain Stage. This four song set includes "The Long Lonely Road," written by Suzzy Roche and "One Season," written by Maggie Roche, both included from a 2005 appearance in Shepherdstown, WV. "The Factory Girl" is a traditional song arranged by The Roches and performed by the group in Morgantown, WV in September 2006. This version of "The Hallelujah Chorus," adapted from Handel by The Roches, was recorded at Town Hall in New York City on May 19, 2007. ORIGINAL POST: Sunday January 22, 2017. Everyone at Mountain Stage was saddened by the loss of Maggie Roche, a member of the unmistakable sister-trio The Roches. Her sister Suzzy posted to the group's Facebook page saying "After decades of singing, writing, traveling and performing together, we spent the last month and a half helping each other through her final journey, now I have to let her go. I’m heartbroken. I
Listen: Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys on NPR's Mountain Stage
January 18, 2017
Keeping one foot in their native Michigan's Mowtown soul and another in Music City, bluegrass-inspired ensemble Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys delivered one of our favorite performances of 2015. You can listen to their entire set on this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage .
Listen to Jonathan Edwards on NPR's Mountain Stage
January 11, 2017
Best known for his 1971 acoustic pop hit "Sunshine," Jonathan Edwards also has a solid background in country, folk, and bluegrass music. Here he performs the traditional song "I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground," from this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage .
Listen: Stephen Kellogg on NPR's Mountain Stage
January 4, 2017
From Northampton, Massachusetts, beloved folk-rocker Stephen Kellogg returns to Mountain Stage this week with a band that includes Miranda Mulholland of the Great Lake Swimmers. He closes his 2015 set with crowd favorite "The Bear" on this week's encore broadcast.
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.