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This Week on the Radio

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By Mountain Stage
 · March 26, 2010

Brian Blauser
Martin Sexton live on Mountain Stage

This week’s radio broadcast is jam-packed with powerful performances from some of music’s outstanding performers. From the elastic tones of Martin Sexton, the soulful gospel-blues of Ruthie Foster, the charming pop of Meaghan Smith, countrified Americana by honky-tonkers Yarn and the ethereal sounds of Rocco DeLuca & the Burden

Check out the playlist to see what’s in store and find a station and air-times in your area HERE.

As always we’ve posted a preview on our Song of the Week page featuring the incomparable Martin Sexton singing a song from his seminal album “The American” called “Diggin’ Me.” When this segment was recorded, Sexton was touring in support of his live solo CD, Solo. He’s currently taking pre-orders for his latest Kitchen Table release “Sugarcoating.” Follow the link for ordering info and audio samples.

Brian Blauser
Vic Chesnutt

If you missed something from last week’s show you can catch up at NPR Music, where you’ll find individual guest segments from Neko Case, Greg Brown, Sonos, Crooked Fingers and the one-of-a-kind Vic Chesnutt. Be sure to check out our Backstage at Mountain Stage interviews with Case, Brown, Fingers’ Eric Bachmann and Chesnutt (which we’ll post below).

The show will also be available as an mp3 in our ARCHIVES page Monday morning. You can also subscribe via iTunes or Feedburner

As always we thank you for tuning in and listening to Mountain Stage each week. Keep up with the latest here on the Mountain Stage Blog and become a fan on Facebook.

Backstage interview with Vic Chesnutt, produced by Larry Groce and Bob Wilkinson

Sunday 3-28 in Charleston

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By Mountain Stage
 · March 26, 2010

Paul Thorn

We're looking forward to wrapping up the month of March on Sunday with a 7pm show at the Culture Center Theater.
Tickets are still available online and by phone at 800.594.TIXX. Tickets can be purchased locally at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston.

You can read a feature by Bill Lynch on Mr. Paul Thorn, who'll make his sixth appearance on the show this Sunday, at the Charleston Gazette. Thorn's latest CD, Pimps & Preachers, is due out this June.

In other Paul Thorn news, the Tupelo, Miss. singer is planning to ask the audience to stick around after the finale song on Sunday to take part in filming a music video. We'll have all the details on Sunday so plan to stick around if you'd like to take part in the filming for an upcoming music video.

Kelley Ryan

Monica Orosz at the Charleston Daily Mail featured former astroPuppies singer/songwriter Kelley Ryan, who is bringing "Twist" producer and long-time Mountain Stage pal Don Dixon to join her and the Mountain Stage Band.

Also on the bill Sunday are The Band of Heathens, making their second appearance, Peter Bradley Adams making his second appearance as as a solo performer, and WV's own Fox Hunt will bring their updated old-timey sound.

Visit our Press Release for more on each guest and we hope to see you on Sunday in Charleston. Don't forget to become a fan of Mountain Stage on Facebook!

April 11 News

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By Mountain Stage
 · March 23, 2010

Chris Morris
Mountain Stage fans in Morgantown, WV'

Mountain Stage would like to thank everyone of you who came to see us in Morgantown, WV Sunday and our thanks to the team at WVU Arts & Entertainment. Visit our Broadcast Schedule to find out when you can listen to yourselves on the radio along with Patty Loveless, The Grascals, Leslie Stevens, Loudon Wainwright III and Pieta Brown.

In the meantime check out some photos on our MySpace page and if you haven't done so already, become a fan on facebook.

courtesy WVU Arts & Entertainment

We are returning to Morgantown April 11 with a special show. This just in: Jakob Dylan & Three Legs will feature Neko Case and Kelly Hogan.

Neko and Kelly were on this week's radio broadcast singing songs from "Middle Cyclone," which you can hear now at NPR Music.

They'll contribute their harmony to songs from Dylan's latest, T Bone Burnett produced "Women & Country," available April 6. Click to preorder.

Also joining us are the Watson Twins, April Smith, The Tallest Man on Earth, and Clare & the Reasons.

Tickets for April 11 are on sale NOW at TicketMaster and locally at the Mountainlair box office on the campus of WVU. Charge buy phone at 304.293.SHOW. Keep an eye on the Mountain Stage Blog for more on this Sunday's recording here in Charleston.

Stay tuned to NPR Music for sets from Greg Brown and the late, great Vic Chesnutt. We've got interviews too on our YouTube channel "Backstage at Mountain Stage." Don't forget to grab the latest Podcast in our Archives or subscribe via iTunes.

Welcome KSUT-FM

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By Mountain Stage
 · March 23, 2010
Mountain Stage welcomes KSUT-FM, Four Corners Public Radio, to our family of stations. Beginning April 4, Mountain Stage will air Sundays at 2pm on the following frequencies:

Four Corners Public Radio:

Bluff 98.3
Cortez/Mancos 100.1
Dolores 91.9
Durango/La Plata County 90.1/89.3 (new!)
Pagosa Springs/Farmington 88.1 & 105.3
Silverton 91.5

Thanks to KSUT for carrying Mountain Stage. We look forward to sharing live performance radio with Four Corners Public Radio each week.

On the Radio-March 19-21

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By Mountain Stage
 · March 18, 2010

Brian Blauser
Neko Case, right, with guitarist Paul Rigby can be heard this week on Mountain Stage.

Tune in to Mountain Stage this week to hear an encore presentation featuring Neko Case, Greg Brown, Sonos, Crooked Fingers and the late, great Vic Chesnutt.

Case performs songs from "Middle Cyclone" accompanied by vocalist Kelly Hogan and guitarist Paul Rigby. She also sat down for a chat with Larry Groce "Backstage at Mountain Stage" which you can watch below.

Neko Case, interviewed by Larry Groce.


We also have interviews with Chesnutt, Crooked Fingers' Eric Bachman, and folk-singer/Red House Records founder Greg Brown.

You can preview the show on our Song of the Week Page where we've spotlighted Neko Case singing "The Pharoahs."

Find a station and air times in your area to tune in. Thank you, as always, for listening.

Alex Chilton 1950-2010

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By Mountain Stage
 · March 18, 2010

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Alex Chilton, 1950-2010.

Mountain Stage mourns the loss of one of popular music's brightest stars, Alex Chilton. The former Box Tops singer and leader of Big Star made two appearances on Mountain Stage, first in 1992 and again in 1997.

Read his obituary from Memphis paper "Commercial Appeal" here.

His performance of "Guantan Amerika" was included on our Mountain Stage Best of Volume 3 CD - available on CD or get the mp3 at Amazon. We've streamed the track below, featuring Ron Easley on bass and Doug Garrison on drums, along with Chilton on guitar and vocals. 

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Guantan Amerika by Alex Chilton, recorded Feb. 9, 1992

This Sunday in Morgantown

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By Mountain Stage
 · March 17, 2010

Tony Baker
Patty Loveless

This Sunday, March 21, we head north to Morgantown, WV for a 7pm show at the Creative Arts Center on the campus of Big East Champion West Virginia University. Tickets are still available at TicketMaster.com, on campus at the Mountainlair box office, by calling 304.293.SHOW, or at the Creative Arts Center on show day.

If you're traveling for the show, here are some helpful directions to the Creative Arts Center:

From I-79
Exit I-79 at Exit 155 (Star City/West Virginia University).

From 68 West
Follow I-68 West towards Washington. I-68 will intersect I-79. Take I-79 North to Exit 155 (Star City/West Virginia University).

From the Star City/WVU exit — Exit 155
Follow the signs toward Morgantown (Rt. 7). After crossing the Star City bridge, go through the first traffic light and up the hill to the second light. At the third light, turn left into the Creative Arts Center parking lot.

Country star Patty Loveless will join us for her fifth appearance on Mountain Stage, armed with songs from her latest CD of classic country, "Mountain Soul II."

Loudon Wainwright's latest release
Grammy winner Loudon Wainwright will make his 13th appearance on our show and his first since releasing "High, Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project." It was named "Best Traditional Folk Album" at this year's Grammy awards,  and Loudon gave a classy "thank you" to the late Kate McGarrigle  for teaching him to flail the banjo. See LWIII's acceptance speech here.

Never one to idle very long, Wainwright has just released "Songs for the New Depression," a collection of timely numbers geared towards the economic times in which we live. You can hear his "Cash for Clunkers" there.

Pieta Brown

Pieta Brown will join us for the second time this Sunday. Her sixth album "One and All," is due out April 6. Read the Boston Globe's review here.

Pieta Brown performing "West Monroe."

The Grascals

Bluegrass all-stars The Grascals are having a sale through March 30 where you can pick up their latest CD, "the Famous Lefty
Flynn's" at a reduced rate. You can also preorder at Amazon. They've been riding the roads with Hank Williams Jr., who guest stars on "Lefty Flynn," in anticipation of the CD's March 30 release. (Also on that Rowdy Friends Tour, past guest Eric Church).

The line-up is completed with California-based Leslie Stevens, who will join the Mountain Stage band for a set of tunes from her latest country-fied CD, "Roomful of Smoke." Stevens is taking to South By Southwest this week, then headed to Morgantown to join us. Read the Charleston Gazette's profile of the singer in this week's GAZZ.

Keep an eye on our Live Show Schedule, as we're back in Charleston March 28and we return to Morgantown April 11. Tickets are on sale for all upcoming events, including our FestivALL Charleston kick-off, June 18 with Marc Cohn.

Marc Cohn - June 18 ON SALE

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By Mountain Stage
 · March 15, 2010

Marc Cohn

Mountain Stage is looking on with great anticipation towards summer and tickets are on sale TODAY for a special summer Mountain Stage recording.

We'll return to the Clay Center on Friday, June 18 for an 8pm show to kick off Charleston's city-wide arts & entertainment festival, FestivALL Charleston. Our special guest, performing an extended set, will be Grammy-winning songwriter Marc Cohn.

According to the singer's blog, he's wrapping up production on "Listening Booth: 1970," his latest CD on Saguaro Road records.  The album features Marc’s personal interpretations of classic songs written by and/or made famous in 1970 by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Cat Stevens, John Fogerty and CCR, Smokey Robinson, Joe Cocker, Simon & Garfunkel, Eric Clapton and several more.

The album is produced by Grammy-winning producer John Leventhal (Shawn Colvin, record of the Year), who also just produced the latest album by Rosanne Cash, The List (Hear Cash on Mountain Stage at NPR Music)

Tickets for June 18 are on sale online via the Clay Center, at Taylor Books in downtown, Charleston, WV and by phone at 304.561.3570.

Stay tuned to FestivALL Charleston, June 18-27, for more events and announcements.

Brian Blauser
Marc Cohn, live on Mountain Stage, 2008.
Cohn last joined us in support of "Join the Parade," his return to form after a nine year studio absence. You can hear that set at NPR Music and check out Cohn's catalog on Amazon.com.


Clare & the Reasons - April 11

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By Mountain Stage
 · March 15, 2010

Clare & the Reasons join us April 11, Morgantown, WV

On Sunday April 11 we will be in Morgantown, WV at the Creative Arts Center on the campus of West Virginia University (Big East Champs!).

We've just added Clare & The Reasons, above, to the line-up along with Jakob Dylan, the Tallest Man on Earth, The Watson Twins and April Smith.

Tickets are on sale now online via TicketMaster, by phone at 304.293.SHOW, or at the Mountainlair ticket office on the campus of WVU. Click HERE for directions to the Creative Arts Center.

Clare and the Reasons - "All The Wine" from the new album ARROW - out now!

On the Radio-March 12-14

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By Mountain Stage
 · March 11, 2010

Brian Blauser.
The Gourds can be heard this week on Mountain Stage.

We've got more great music in store for this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage. Most stations will be airing an encore show featuring Texas Americana mainstays The Gourds, plus folk pioneer Tom Rush, indie rockers Backyard Tire Fire and The Deep Vibration and singer/songwriter (and recent pop revisionist) Susan Werner.

Find a station and airtime for Mountain Stage in your area and be sure to tell some friends when and where  they can tune in.

Brian Blauser
Folk-pioneer Tom Rush, on Mountain Stage this week.

Tom Rush is widely renowned as a song interpreter, putting his own spin on tunes written by others. We have a shining example of that in our Song of the Week. Mr. Rush performs "Drift Away," a song that has been recorded in various styles in multiple decades. No one gives it the somber treatment that Rush does. He included it on his latest CD "What I Know" (click title to purchase), along with a few of his well known songs.

Click HERE to check out our latest Song of the Week.

Brian Blauser
Cowboy Junkies can be heard at NPR Music.
Mountain Stage Radio Show has over 5700 fans on Facebook these days, and we thank each and every one of you for your support. It's a great way to stay up-to-date with all of the latest online and on the air. It's a great reminder that you can hear daily  guest segments online at NPR Music - like the Cowoby Junkies for instance.

Those of you in the Charleston, WV area may choose to become a "friend" as well- we post more locally-oriented information, like ticket info and additions to our Live Show Schedule.

Haiti Benefit Concert Sunday

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By Mountain Stage
 · March 9, 2010

Brian Blauser
The Mountain Stage Band, L to R, Bob Thompson, Ron Sowell, Larry Groce, Julie Adams, Michael Lipton, Steve Hill and Ammed Solomon.

This Sunday, March 14 at 4pm, the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences will host a Haitian Relief Concert featuring local music luminaries in review style performances. Members of our very own Mountain Stage Band will be among the nearly 20 groups scheduled to appear, which include the WV Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Ballet, Charleston Light Opera Guild and the Appalachian Children's Chorus.

Organizers say all proceeds will be donated through the Salvation Army. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 18, plus applicable fees. Available online at TheClayCenter.org or by calling 304.561.3570. Show starts at 4pm.

Leslie & the Badgers- March 21

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By Mountain Stage
 · March 5, 2010

Leslie Stevens & the Badgers

We've completed our line-up for March 21 Mountain Stage recording at the WVU Creative Arts Center in Morgantown, WV. Our guests will be Patty Loveless, The Grascals, Loudon Wainwright, Pieta Brown and, just announced, California's Leslie Stevens & The Badgers. Hear their song "Los Angeles" below.

Tickets are available ONLINE, by calling 304.293.SHOW, or at the Mountainlair Box Office on WVU's Campus. Doors open at 6:30pm and showtime is 7pm.

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"Los Angeles" by Leslie Stevens & The Badgers

Some folks asked on a previous blog about how to find the WVU Creative Arts Center. Here are some helpful directions from the CAC Website.

From I-79
Exit I-79 at Exit 155 (Star City/West Virginia University).

From 68 West
Follow I-68 West towards Washington. I-68 will intersect I-79. Take I-79 North to Exit 155 (Star City/West Virginia University).

From the Star City/WVU exit — Exit 155
Follow the signs toward Morgantown (Rt. 7). After crossing the Star City bridge, go through the first traffic light and up the hill to the second light. At the third light, turn left into the Creative Arts Center parking lot.

On the Radio March 5-7

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By Mountain Stage
 · March 4, 2010

Brian Blauser
Fountains of Wayne on Mountain Stage.
Tune in to this week's Mountain Stage for an encore presentation featuring New Jersey's pop-rockers Fountains of Wayne, Canadian folk darlings The Cowboy Junkies, songwriters Ana Egge, Clarence Bucaro, and the zany Tom Wilson doing business as Lee Harvey Osmond.
Here are some pics from our MySpace page . Find a station and air-times in your area HERE, and look at the playlist HERE.

Chris Morris
The finale song.

As always, you can preview the broadcast on our Song of the Week page, featuring the Chris Collingwood-penned "Valley Winter Song," an appropriate song for those of us experiencing a seemingly never-ending winter.

Below is Larry Groce's interview with Chris and Adam from Fountains of Wayne, Backstage at Mountain Stage. There you'll find Larry's chats with Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies and Tom Wilson, aka Lee Harvey Osmond.

Brian Blauser
Mr. Steve Poltz
Over at NPR Music we've got sets from last week's show, including The Drive by Truckers, Sometymes Why (featuring members of The Mammals, Uncle Earl and Crooked Still) and Steve Poltz (above). If you haven't heard Poltz's story about how he wrote "You Were Meant For Me," the hit for Jewel, you're missing out. Hear his performance HERE. Be sure to click the "recommend" tab if you like what you hear!

Staying up on the latest news in radio land is easy when you join the 5,500+ fans of Mountain Stage on facebook. We post NPR segments, links to our Song of the Week, our podcast and photos each and every week. Be sure to recommend us to some like-minded music-loving friends.

As always, thank you for stopping by, and thanks for listening!

Thanks! (Feb. 28)

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By Mountain Stage
 · March 1, 2010

Chris Morris
Audience files in at the Clay Center.
Thanks so much to everyone who came out to see us record Mountain Stage episode #716 at The Clay Center here in Charleston. You can hear yourselves on radio, along with Ani DiFranco, Trombone Shorty, Andy McKee, Chuck Prophet and Erin McKeown, in most areas April 30-May 2.
Click HERE for our Broadcast Schedule and HERE to find a radio station in your area. In West Virginia you can hear this show statewide May 2 at 3pm and May 8 at 8pm on West Virginia Public Radio.

Chris Morris
Ani DiFranco
A review was printed in this morning's Charleston Gazette  in case you missed it.

Chris Morris
Chuck Prophet and his band joined the Carpenter Ants for a late-night jam.

We've got some pictures up on our MySpace page by Chris Morris, including some from the late-shift post-jam at the Empty Glass. Chuck Prophet, who made his fifth appearance on Mountain Stage, treated us to a song from "¡Let Freedom Ring!" and some tasty covers of the Yardbirds and Iggy Pop.

We have a couple of weeks off from recording before we return to Morgantown March 21 with a show featuring Patty Loveless, the Grascals, Loudon Wainwright, Pieta Brown and more. Check out our Live Show Schedule for ticket info and come see us in person. We'll see you on the radio.

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