Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

Sundays at Noon

Now in its 31st season, Mountain Stage has been giving radio audiences the best seat in the house for some of the world's most renowned performers. Distributed by NPR Music and the Voice of America, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce is the longest running two-hour live-performance radio show of its kind. Each show features five guest artists performing live in front of an audience with studio quality audio. Showcasing talent from all over the world and in virtually every style of music, Mountain Stage has played host to world-class musicians and songwriters while consistently turning audiences on to new music.

Jesse Winchester - who passed away this April - visited Mountain Stage 8 times during his career; always captivating the audience with his nimble lyrics and trademark low-key delivery. A songwriter's songwriter in the truest sense, he had come to count Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffet and Neko Case among his most vocal fans. Winchester continued to create amazing new music until the end of his life, including the instant Mountain Stage staff favorite "Never Forget to Boogie," which was recorded during his final appearance on the show in October of 2014.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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."

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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