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Vic Chesnutt 1964-2009

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By Mountain Stage
 · December 26, 2009

Brian Blauser
Vic Chesnutt on Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage is deeply saddened at the passing of singer-songwriter and longtime friend of the show Vic Chesnutt. His recording label Constellation Records posted this announcement on December 25. Vic was an amazing artist who garnered everyone's respect and adoration among the Mountain Stage family. Below is an interview with Vic Backstage at Mountain Stage with our host Larry Groce, who had this to say regarding Vic's passing:

"Vic Chesnutt first appeared on Mountain Stage in 1990 recommended to us by Michael Stipe, who had just produced his first album on Texas Hotel Records. He visited us nine times in all, most recently in April of 2009 on a show we videotaped as a television pilot that also featured Neko Case, Greg Brown, Crooked Fingers and Sonos.

"Vic’s fiercely original style and poetically charged lyrics immediately arrested our attention and made us appreciate him as one of the finest artists ever to perform on the show. In fact, I came to think of Vic as a perfect example of why we started Mountain Stage: to showcase talents like Vic Chesnutt, rare as they may be.

"He was physically fragile. And he had his demons, although he worked extremely hard to put them to rest by channeling them in a productive and singularly creative way. He possessed tremendous artistic energy and power that were evident in both his personality and his work. 

Vic’s death is deeply felt by all of us at Mountain Stage and we send our sincere sympathy to his family and loved ones."

Click HERE to hear Vic's last appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded in April 2009 in Charleston, WV.

Read the NY Times Obituary.

Live Shows 2010

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By Mountain Stage
 · December 21, 2009

Tommy Emmanuel brings his finger-fireworks to WVU in January.

Mountain Stage kicks off its 27th Season in Morgantown, January 17, with a show so big we had to have six guests!
In addition to Mark O'Conner's Hot Swing, Vetiver, Among the Oak & Ash, a duo performance from Jorma Kaukonen & David Bromberg, we've just added bluegrass wonder boys The DePue Brothers and world-class guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.

Showtime is 7pm at the Creative Arts Center on the WVU campus. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com or locally in Morgantown at the Mountainlair box office. You can charge by phone at 304.293.SHOW.
We can't wait to see our friends at WVU Arts & Entertainment.

Brooke Waggoner will make her second appearance on Feb. 7.

Brooke Waggoner has been added to the February 7 line-up along with Dashboard Confessional and Clare & the Reasons..

Brooke's latest offering, "Go Easy Little Doves" has solidified her reputation as a creative force to be reckoned with. The Nashville Music Awards just recognized Waggoner as Next Big Nashville Best Emmerging Artist. Of course, we knew that when she first came on the show in 2008 (follow the link to listen) and we used her performance of "So So" on our 2009 Best of Fundraiser show.

Robert Earl Keen will bring songs from Rose Hotel on Feb. 14.

One of our favorite songwriters, Robert Earl Keen, has agreed to join us on February 14 on a show that is full of distinct personalities. Keen's latest CD Rose Hotel  has been lingering at or near the top of the Americana charts since its release, sitting comfortably at #2 this week.

Also on that show are Ray Wylie Hubbard, Danny Barnes and the Sweetback Sisters.

Tickets are available here, or downtown at Taylor Books. You can charge by phone at 800.594.TIXX.


The rafters in the Culture Center are sure to get dusted on February 21 as we invite several modern-day alt-rock groups, all with their own twist on the Americana-dream.

Lucero, road-warriors from Memphis, Heartland rockers The Bottle Rockets, central-Virginia rased Sons of Bill, and, just added, Huntington, WV's own Bud Carroll & the Southern Souls. Carroll & the Souls have recorded their definitive statement in "Wasted Words & Best Intentions," recorded with Sublime engineer Eddie Ashworth in Athens, OH.

Featuring Jon Cavendish on keyboards/guitar, Jimmy Lykans on bass and Steve Barker on Drums, the Southern Souls is a broadly bordered band, incorporating heavy southern rock, slide-guitar infested soul, a couple of rambuncous blues numbers and some all out honky tonk. In other words, "Americana." Give a listen to "Big Coal" on their MySpace.

Paul Thorn will make his sixth appearance on March 28.

Another longtime friend of the show, Paul Thorn, will be joining us March 28 here in Charleston along with Peter Bradley Adams. Thorn who is almost the most famous person to come out of Tupelo Miss., has a new record titled for his home town, "Long Way from Tupelo." 

We can't wait to hear what he's got in store for us this time at the Culture Center Theater March 28. Get yourtickets online, by phone at 800.594.TIXX or locally at Taylor Books.

We hope you'll come see  us at a live recording in 2010.

Holiday Happenings(2)

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By Mountain Stage
 · December 17, 2009

Brian Blauser
Holly Cole
Mountain Stage is in the spirit of the season this weekend. Our special guests Holly Cole, John Cowan Band, Winterbloom, Pianafiddle, the Ritch Collins Three-O and Cory Chisel & the Wandering Sons helped us celebrate with some fine performances. You can read the playlist HERE and get a preview from Canadian jazz chanteuse Holly Cole on our Song of the Week page. For stations and airtimes, click HERE and be sure to tell some friends to tune in or invite them over for a wrapping party!
Here's a very special treat from one of our upcoming guests, Trombone Shorty. He performed along with some of New Orleans' top musicians on a 2006 episode of the short-lived NBC drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

That's Shorty playing the trumpet on "O Holy Night." He'll be our guest on February 28 in Charleston at the Clay Center, along with Ani DiFranco, Chuck Prophet, Erin McKeown and Andy McKee. Tickets are available ONLINE, by phone at 304.561.3570 and locally at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston. Check out our entire Live Show Schedule for 2010 and remember that tickets to Mountain Stage make great gifts for the music lover in your life.

For your online shopping, start your Amazon excursions HERE at wvpubcast.org and a portion of your purchase will go directly to WV Public Broadcasting at no extra charge to you.

Thanks for all of your support in 2009. We're going to be back in full force in 2010 with more great music and more great live performance radio.

Latest at NPR Music, On the Air

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By Mountain Stage
 · December 11, 2009

Brian Blauser
John Platania & Chip Taylor

Chip Taylor is the man who penned legendary songs like "Angel of the Morning," "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" and, most famously perhaps, "Wild Thing."

But that is only a small part of the story. And his story is the centerpiece of Yonkers, NY. the latest collection of songs from Chip Taylor. He stopped by Mountain Stage, brought along Van Morrison's guitar player, and worked up a handful of songs with the Mountain Stage Band, including "Wild Thing."

Hear the entire set, including "Angel..." which wasn't heard on the radio broadcast, on NPR Music. Below is Taylor's sit-down interview with Larry Groce Backstage at Mountain Stage. See and hear more interviews on our YouTube Channel.

Chip Taylor and Larry Groce, backstage at Mountain Stage

And, for good measure, here's a singing legend with a Chip Taylor song that you're probably familiar with.

Janis Joplin on Dick Cavett

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Eric Bibb on Mountain Stage

Be sure to tune in this weekend on the radio when our guests are Sister Hazel, Eric Bibb, Madison Violet, Brett Dennen and Vagabond Opera. Find a station in your area here and get a preview of the show with this week's Song of the Week, featuring Eric Bibb.

Guest Artists Added

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By Mountain Stage
 · December 7, 2009

Our Live Show Schedule for 2010 is quickly coming together. Tickets for all Culture Center Shows can be purchased HERE, by calling 800.594.TIXX or picked up at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston. Here are some of the latest additions.


Solas makes their 5th appearance on Mountain Stage January 31 in Charleston at the Culture Center Theater. The Trad-Irish group, currently at work on a new CD have performed recently with The Duhks, who appeared on their last CD, For Love and Laughter. You can hear Solas' latest appearance on Mountain Stage on NPR Music, including their reading of the Bob Dylan tune "Seven Curses." Pick up Love and Laughter online and a portion of your proceeds benefit WV Public Radio.

Also on board for January 31 is Calexico, Harper Simon, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers and Jesse Winchester. Tickets can be purchased HERE, by calling 800.594.TIXX or picked up at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston.

Clare & the Reasons
Just added to our February 7 show at the Culture Center is Clare and the Reasons who have just released their debut, Arrow. Clare is the daughter of Jeff and Maria Muldaur and the Reasons just did a series of shows with the one and only Van Dyke Parks . Clare and the Reasons are joined February 7 by Dashboard Confessional Acoustic for a 7pm showtime. Tickets can be purchased HERE, by phone at 800.594.TIXX or at Taylor Books, downtown Charleston.

Danny Barnes

Our February 14 show is getting quite a quirky bent to it-in addition to Ray Wylie Hubbard and the Sweetback Sisters, we've added one of the Kings of Eccentricity, Danny Barnes .

This former leader of the Bad Livers has an album of his zanny folk rock coming out in January called "Pizza Box." Get a taste of the pizza at DannyBarnes.com and follow the man on Twitter. Tickets can be purchased HERE, by phone at 800.594.TIXX or at Taylor Books, downtown Charleston.

Chuck Prophet

We've also added three names to our Feb. 28 show at the Clay Center along with Ani DiFranco and Trombone Shorty. Tickets for Feb.28 are available online at TheClayCenter.org, by phone at 304/561-3570 or at Taylor Books.

Our good friend Chuck Prophet will make his fifth appearance on Feb. 28. Chuck's latest CD, recorded in Mexico, is called ¡Let Freedom Ring! The video below tells the tale.


Andy McKee

Also on board for February 28 is guitar phenomenon Andy McKee. This man lets his fingers do the talking, so dig this video.


If you like that, there are plenty more here.

Erin McKeown

And finally, completing the line-up for Feb. 28 is Erin McKeown, a jazzy singer with a lot of voice and a great knack for writing songs who has been on Mountain Stage once before. Funny enough, she has today's Song of the Day over at NPR Music. Her latest CD is Hundreds of Lions, her first collection of original songs since 2005's We Will Become Like Birds. She recorded it in an interesting way - see the video below.

Keep your eyes right here on the Mountain Stage blog for the latest, and be sure to be our friend on MySpace and follow us on Facebook. We hope you can come see us in Charleston.

Grammy Nominations for Mtn Stage Guests

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By Mountain Stage
 · December 3, 2009

Steve Earle

The Grammy Nominees were announced last night - with much fanfare - so we'd like to recognize some of our recent Mountain Stage guests who got noms.

We'll put links to hear their performance on our show plus a link to purchase their music on Amazon. Keep in mind if you follow the provided links and make a purchase then a small percentage of what you spend is donated to WV Public Broadcasting at no extra charge. So do some holiday shopping and contribute at the same time). Our congratulations to all nominees.Winners will be announced Jan. 31 on CBS.

Best Contemporary Folk Album
Townes by Steve Earle
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Middle Cyclone by Neko Case
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Robert Cray

Best Contemporary Blues Album

This Time
by Robert Cray Band
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The Truth According to Ruthie Foster by Ruthie Foster
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Live: Hope At The Hideout by Mavis Staples
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Already Free by the Derek Trucks Band
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John Hammond

Best Traditional Blues Album

Rough and Tough by John Hammond
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Stomp! The Blues Tonight by Duke Robillard
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Alison Brown

Best Country Instrumental Performance

"Under the (Five) Wire" by Alison Brown from The Company You Keep
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"The Crystal Merchant" by The Greencards from Fascination
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Dierks Bentley

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals

"Beautiful World" by Dierks Bentley & Patty Griffin from Feel That Fire
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Rosanne Cash

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals

"Sea Of Heartbreak" by Rosanne Cash & Bruce Springsteen from The List
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Buckwheat Zydeco

Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album

Lay Your Burden Down by Buckwheat Zydeco
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March 28 Live Show, Kaukonen-Bromberg Video

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By Mountain Stage
 · December 2, 2009

Peter Bradley Adams

We've added one more show to our 2010 Live Show Schedule .

Sunday March 28 at the Culture Center Theater, 7pm. Our first announced guest will be Peter Bradley Adams who was last with us in July of 2008. (Find that Show in our ARCHIVES) His latest CD "Traces" can be found on Amazon (portion of your purchase goes to WV Public Broadcasting if you use our link to purchase).

His music has been all over television lately, including "One Tree Hill" And "The Mentalist." Adams was a member of eastmountainsouth before embarking on his solo career with 2008's Leavetaking, a beautiful, well made record featuring his musky, soft spoken voice.

Tickets will be available online, by calling 800.594.TIXX and at Taylor Books in Downtown, Charleston.

Here's something we found while browsing YouTube. It's a performance by Jorma Kaukonen and David Bromberg, recorded in Chicago in 1986. If you dig this, there are several others here on YouTube.

Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning

The illustrious duo will join us in Morgantown, WV on January 17 at the WVU Creative Arts Center.

Tickets are available HERE or by calling 304.293.SHOW. Other guests will be Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing, sub pop recording artists Vetiver, Among the Oak & Ash (featuring Josh Joplin and Garrison Starr).

Feb 7 Show, More Guests Announced

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By Mountain Stage
 · December 1, 2009

Dashboard Confessional

We've got exciting additions to our Live Show Schedule here at Mountain Stage, including a show just added on February 7.

Super Bowl Sunday we will invite first-time guests Dashboard Confessional, in a special acoustic performance, to the Culture Center Theater. Dashboard's new record Alter the Ending is out now and can be found on Amazon .

Tickets for February 7 will be on sale SOON right here or by calling 800.594.TIXX.  Tickets will also be made available in downtown Charleston at Taylor Books.

Jesse Winchester

January 31 will see the return of one of our favorite songwriters, Jesse Winchester, who'll make his seventh appearance on Mountain Stage. According to Sundance, Winchester moves everyone to tears on an upcoming episode of Elvis Costello's TV show "Spectacle." He's been a favorite ours for quite some time, he even has a record of material recorded exclusively on Mountain Stage, which you can purchase HERE through Amazon and a portion of your purchase goes to WV Public Radio

Also on that show will be Calexico, Harper Simon and Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers.

Sweetback Sisters

We've also added a band with a WV connection to our February 14 show with Ray Wylie Hubbard. Joining us at the Culture Center will be the Sweetback Sisters, whose multi-instrumentalist Jesse Milnes is a West Virginian. They sing close sister-like harmonies ala The Davis Sisters and have a new album called Chicken Ain't Chicken (click to buy on Amazon).

Tickets for all Culture Center Shows can be found Online, by calling 800.594.TIXX or at Taylor Books in Downtown, Charleston.

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