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Bettye LaVette, Joan Osborne and More on Mountain Stage February 25.
February 20, 2018
This Sunday, February 25 Mountain Stage is hosting a four-act show in Charleston, WV at the Culture Center Theater. Tickets are still available.
Listen: Andrew Bird on Mountain Stage
February 15, 2018
O n this week's encore Mountain Stage broadcast, critically-acclaimed "one-man orchestra of the imagination" Andrew Bird stops by with a set full of acoustic roots-pop (not to mention some A+ whistling).
TONIGHT: Watch Mountain Stage with Patti Smith and More.
February 9, 2018
This Sunday you can watch along live as Mountain Stage hosts a sold-out show at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV featuring Patti Smith & Family, Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, Van William, Robbie Fulks and a special tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens featuring Tim O’Brien, Charlie McCoy and Friends.
Listen: Johnny Staats & Robert Shafer on NPR's Mountain Stage
February 8, 2018
On this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage , 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 ."
Mountain Stage Super Bowl Memories
February 2, 2018
Mountain Stage has a long history of presenting championship-worthy line-ups on Super Bowl Sunday. With this weekend’s big game around the corner, we thought we’d share a few sets that were recorded while much of the country was loading up on wings and lil' smokies.
Listen: Piers Faccini on Mountain Stage
February 1, 2018
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
January 25, 2018
An ear for cinematic folk music, critically-acclaimed singer Iron & Wine performs "We Two are a Moon" during his Mountain Stage debut from the show's 33rd anniversary celebration.
Listen: Mountain Stage Remembers Hugh Masekela
January 24, 2018
The passing of Hugh Masekela at the age of 78 reminds us here at Mountain Stage of his two powerful performances on the show in 1989 and 1994. In September of 1989, Hugh Masekela made his first appearance on Mountain Stage, bringing with him the rhythm of traditional South African music intertwined with the sounds of classic jazz. Through rhythms that made it easy to sway to, Masekela expressed the distress of his country at the time, singing "Bring Him Home", a cry for the release of Nelson Mandela. Masekela left South Africa in 1960, following the political unrest of the Sharpeville Massacre. Making a home in New York, he fell in love with the jazz community. Encouraged by greats like Miles Davis, Mase kela pioneered a blend of American Jazz with traditional sound s and instruments of his home country. In 1994, he returned to West Virginia for Mountain Stage , two days before playing "Bring Him Home" at the South African presidential inauguration of Mandela . This would mark the end
Live Show News: Patti Smith, Ranky Tanky, James McMurtry and More to Appear on Mountain Stage.
January 24, 2018
Advance tickets for February 11 have sold out as of Wednesday January 31. Patti Smith and Family will be performing Saturday February 10 at the WV Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony , with many others including Southern Culture On the Skids, Jerry Douglas and more. Tickets and more information can be found here.
Mountain Stage Voted #3 Best WV Attraction.
January 22, 2018
Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce has been named a Best WV Attraction in the 10Best Readers' Choice Awards by USA Today.
Listen: John Paul White on NPR's Mountain Stage
January 18, 2018
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.
Mountain Stage Spring Lineup Includes Guest Host Kathy Mattea, Lee Ann Womack, M. Ward, more
January 12, 2018
Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce has added four new shows to its Spring live schedule, with all dates on sale now exclusively to Mountain Stage Members . Mountain Stage Members make a recurring gift of $10 per month or more to the program and receive seven days of exclusive online pre-sale access to all Mountain Stage live shows at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston. Current members should check their e-mail for the access code.
Listen: Aoife O'Donovan on NPR's Mountain Stage
January 11, 2018
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.
Mountain Stage Begins 35th Season This Sunday in Morgantown
January 8, 2018
Mountain Stage with Larry Groce will begin it’s 35 th season of live performance radio This Sunday, January 14 at the WVU Creative Arts Center in Morgantown, WV . Larry will welcome John Oates , of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo Hall and Oates, with songs from his upcoming roots release “ Arkansas .” Audience members will also be treated to a performance from Tyminski , the latest modern-country effort from long time Allison Krauss & Union Station vocalist and guitarist Dan Tyminski. His album “ Southern Gothic ” is out now. Also on the bill are Nashville based Alt-Americana songwriter Lilly Hiatt, whose latest, “ Trinity Lane ,” landed on several “Best of” year-end lists, and banjo wild-man Danny Barnes will be there to help you reimagine the possibilities of the instrument. Finally, we’ll be treated to a tale from WV Storyteller and Liars Contest champion Bil Lepp . Tickets are available online , by phone at 304.293.SHOW, or at the CAC Box Office. Tickets are $27-39, and only $10
Listen: River Whyless on Mountain Stage
January 4, 2018
Somewhere between experimental folk and traditional Appalachian you'll find Asheville-based band River Whyless, an up-and-coming indie act making their Mountain Stage debut on this week's broadcast (which includes this trip-loopy performance of "All Day All Night").