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Listen: Pokey LaFarge on NPR's Mountain Stage
March 29, 2017
"An aural anachronism of country, Western swing, ragtime, jazz, bluegrass and Americana [that] brings the nostalgia to Technicolor-life," critically-acclaimed Mid-Westerner Pokey LaFarge performs a rollicking "Hard Times Come and Go" during his four appearance on Mountain Stage with special guest host Todd Burge.
Mountain Stage Announces June 25 FestivALL Live Show
March 23, 2017
Mountain Stage will record episode number 899 on Sunday, June 25 as part of FestivALL Charleston. On Sunday, June 25 Mountain Stage returns to the Culture Center Theater on the state capitol grounds to record the radio program’s 899 th episode. The show’s Assistant Producer Joni Deutsch will return to the host’s microphone, becoming the first person to guest host a second time, filling in for the co-founder and artistic director Larry Groce. Deutsch’s first opportunity came during last year’s FestivALL Charleston when she guest-hosted with Lucius, Rachel Yamagata, Margaret Glaspy, William Matheny and Adia Victoria. Hear that episode in our archives . “It's an honor and a privilege to step up to the Mountain Stage microphone,” says Deutsch, “Last year we kept my guest hosting a surprise up until show time. This time around, I'm happy to be able to say loudly, and proudly, ‘I'll be guest hosting Mountain Stage for the second time on June 25.’ ” As part of a new initiative, tickets will
Listen: Andrew Bird on NPR's Mountain Stage
March 22, 2017
O n this week's brand new Mountain Stage broadcast, critically-acclaimed "one-man orchestra of the imagination" Andrew Bird stops by with a set full of classically-trained folk-pop (not to mention some A+ whistling).
Listen: Johnny Staats & Robert Shafer on NPR's Mountain Stage
March 15, 2017
On this week's brand new Mountain Stage broadcast, West Virginia super pickers Johnny Staats & Robert Shafer return with a new self-released record in tow titled Music from the Mountains , featuring this upbeat performance titled " El Cumbanchero ."
Listen: Piers Faccini on Mountain Stage
March 8, 2017
Piers Faccini is an English singer-songwriter with Anglo-Italian and Jewish roots who currently resides in Southern France. His music is just as storied as his past, blending folk, acoustic blues, and West African textures into his sound. For his Mountain Stage debut, he performs an even more colorful rendition of "Cloak of Blue" during this week's broadcast.
Listen: Iron & Wine on NPR's Mountain Stage
March 1, 2017
An ear for cinematic folk music, critically-acclaimed singer Iron & Wine performs "We Two are a Moon" during his Mountain Stage debut during the show's 33rd anniversary celebration. This week's broadcast also features performances from Tift Merritt, Todd Burge, Paper Bird, and Andy Shauf. Catch Iron & Wine's performance of this song on Mountain Stage's VuHaus channel . Like what you hear? Subscribe to the Mountain Stage podcast to hear Iron & Wine's full set in the coming weeks.
Listen: Bottle Rockets on NPR's Mountain Stage
February 22, 2017
Roots rock standard-bearers the Bottle Rockets return to Mountain Stage this week. Here the Bottle Rockets perform their song "Dog," which showcases lead singer Brian Henneman's irreverent humor, as well as his love for his canine friend.
Listen: Ra Ra Riot on NPR's Mountain Stage
February 15, 2017
Since they first met as students in Syracuse, New York, Ra Ra Riot has put a decade of experience performing under its collective belt. They draw influence from the experimental side classic rock like The Police and Talking Heads, but they also feature a small string section, which sometimes leads to their music being called "chamber pop," like in this performance of "Water." This week's broadcast also features performances from Walter Martin, I Draw Slow, Overcoats, and West Virginia's own indie rock sensation Ona . Like what you hear? Download the entire show right now on the Mountain Stage podcast (just look for Ep. 864). While you're at it, make sure to subscribe, leave us a rating/review and send us a tweet with your favorite song: we're @mountainstage .
Two Live Shows Added to Mountain Stage Schedule
February 9, 2017
The Mountain Stage team has announced two new events to its upcoming live show schedule . Advance tickets for both events will be $30 and will be placed on sale Friday, February 10 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online , by phone at 877.987.6487 or locally at Taylor Books in Downtown Charleston. Both shows will be at the Culture Center Theater on the state capitol grounds. More details can be found by visiting the Live Show Schedule at MountainStage.org. On Sunday May 7 Mountain Stage will welcome back venerable folk singer and sometimes actor Loudon Wainwright III . Wainwright has made 15 appearances on Mountain Stage since 1988, and returns to Charleston for the first time since 2013. He brought home a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy in 2010 for " High, Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project " and his film credits include Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up," for which Wainwright also recorded the soundtrack . Also appearing on May 7 is the duo Nancy & Beth , comprised of
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 .