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Special Episode This Week

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By Mountain Stage
 · May 26, 2010

Brian Blauser
Richard Thompson

Mountain Stage has compiled a very special episode for this week. Larry Groce went back as far as 1989 and pulled performances by artists who have appeared with their offspring on the stage, as well as relatives who have appeared separately on the show. Richard Thompson (above) is featured along with his former wife Linda and son Teddy Thompson, among many others.

Check out the Playlist to see what's in store, and you can get a preview on our Song of the Week page. One of our all-time favorites, John Hartford, along with his son Jamie, performing "I Know You Don't Love Me No More," a song from their duet album Hartford & Hartford.

Brian Blauser
The Fox Hunt are coming up at NPR Music.

If you missed part of last week's show, or want to hear your favorite parts again, be sure to check out NPR Music, where they post individual guest segments each weekday.

Or subscribe to our Podcast (iTunes or Feedburner) and you'll be able to hear songs that didn't make it onto the radio broadcast. The latest segments at NPR feature Paul Thorn, The Band of Heathens, WV's own The Fox Hunt(Above), Kelley Ryan, with  and Peter Bradley Adams still ahead.

Be sure to check out or YouTube page for interviews "Backstage at Mountain Stage" featuring Paul Thorn and The Fox Hunt. If you click "Subscribe" you'll automatically receive an email when we've posted new video content.

Brian Blauser
The Grascals are featured in our latest podcast.
Our latest podcast features Patty Loveless, Loudon Wainwright III, Pieta Brown, The Grascals and Leslie Stevens. Visit our ARCHIVES page or sign up to receive the podcast automatically via iTunes or Feedburner.
Be sure to tell some friends about us, especially if you're on facebook.

Latest on YouTube, NPR Music

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By Mountain Stage
 · May 21, 2010

Brian Blauser
Paul Thorn

Mountain Stage has tons of great music over at NPR Music  featuring Pieta Brown, Loudon Wainwright, The Grascals and Patty Loveless. Stay tuned for a set from Leslie Stevens and the Mountain Stage Band

We've just added some new content to our YouTube Channel Backstage at Mountain Stage. We'll post them here before you can hear the sets on the radio. Find a station in your area to find out when to listen as we feature Paul Thorn, The Band of Heathens, Peter Bradley Adams, Kelley Ryan and The Fox Hunt. Below we have two interviews, first Paul Thorn, whose new album is an autobiographical record called "Pimps & Preachers." 

Below we have a nice chat with West Virginia based string band The Fox Hunt, who talk about their new album "Long Way to

Larry Groce had a great chat with fellow WV boys, The Fox Hunt, who are also featured on our "Song of the Week," singing one of their crowd favorites, "Lord, We Get High." Hear It or purchase on Amazon. Here's their interview.
Be sure to visit our List of Radio Stations so you can hear the show when it airs in your area. Stay tuned to NPR Music next week for individual guest segments.

Radio Preview- Paul Thorn & More

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By Mountain Stage
 · May 20, 2010

Brian Blauser
Paul Thorn
This weekend's broadcast features performances by Paul Thorn, Band of Heathens, Kelley Ryan, Peter Bradley Adams and The Fox Hunt. Check out the Playlist and find a station in your area to find out when to tune in. (Stations receive the show on Fridays, so check your local listings for your station's schedule.)

Brian Blauser
The Fox Hunt
As always we have a preview on our Song of the Week page featuring West Virginia's own The Fox Hunt with one of their crowd pleasing closers, "Lord We Get High" from their album "Nowhere Bound." The group's latest CD is called "Long Way To Go". They've also got a digital single of "Trouble Makin' Woman" available at Amazon. Hear their whole set and more on this week's episode.

Brian Blauser
Leslie Stevens
If you missed part of last week's episode, or want to hear your favorite parts again, visit NPR Music where we have sets by beloved country singer Patty Loveless, Grammy winner Loudon Wainwright and the Grascals.
Stay tuned for more from Pieta Brown and Leslie Stevens (above). This episode will be available as an mp3 on Monday the 24, with bonus songs not heard on the radio, via the Mountain Stage Podcast. As always, thank you for listening and we hope you'll go hear some live music wherever you are, just as soon as you can!

July 25- Just Announced

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By Mountain Stage
 · May 18, 2010

Traci Goudie
Dar Williams returns to Mountain Stage July 25.
Tickets are on sale NOW for our latest addition to this Summer's Live Show Schedule. Sunday, July 25 we return to the Culture Center Theater in Charleston for the first time since March. We will welcome Dar Williams back for her fourth solo appearance and fifth overall since 1995. She visited us once with Cry Cry Cry, a group that also featured Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky.

Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore

We will also welcome a new, exciting collaboration called Dear Companion, featuring Kentucky musicians Yim Yames (of My Morning Jacket), Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore. As of now there's only nine tour dates so we are happy to welcome them to Mountain Stage. Released in February, 2010, Dear Companion (click to purchase via Amazon) features tunes by both Moore and Sollee (who has appeared on Mountain Stage with the Sparrow Quartet and as a solo performer) and explores the Appalachian home they love and aims to draw attention to environmental conerns important to the artists.

Tickets are $14 in advance and $20 at the door - available ONLINE, by phone at 800.594.TIXX or locally at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston. Check out this and other exciting live shows on our Live Show Schedule, and come see some live performance radio in person.

On the Radio May 14

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By Mountain Stage
 · May 13, 2010

Brian Blauser
Patty Loveless can be heard on this week's edition of Mountain Stage.
This week's radio broadcast features one of country's finest singers, Patty Loveless, with songs from her latest CD Mountain Soul II plus a stirring rendition of Darrell Scott's "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive" . You'll also hear sets from California alt-country singer Leslie Stevens, songwriter Pieta Brown, Bluegrass entertainers The Grascals and Grammy Winner Loudon Wainwright.

Check out the playlist and find a station  in your area to find out when you can tune in. Remember that stations receive the program on Friday and local air times vary. Be sure to consult your station's broadcast schedule to be sure.

Brian Blauser
Loudon Wainwright sings our "Song of the Week."

We've got a preview on our "Song of the Week" page with Loudon, as topical as ever, with "Times is Hard."

The song appears on his latest release "Songs for the New Depression," his follow up to the Grammy winning "High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project," which took home best traditional folk album honors.

Sara Watkins sings on Mountain Stage
Don't forget to look for the latest episode in our ARCHIVES or catch the Mountain Stage Podcast on iTunes and Feedburner. The next mp3 version of the show goes up Monday and features Steve Earle, The Lovell Sisters, Sara Watkins, King Wilkie and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

Stay tuned in throughout May as we have a very special "family tree" edition of Mountain Stage in the works featuring sets by relatives who have been on the Mountain Stage, either together or separate, over the last 26 years. It will include songs by Arlo, Abe & Sarah Lee Guthrie, John & Jamie Hartford and much, much more.

Sahara Smith - June 18

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By Mountain Stage
 · May 11, 2010

Sahara Smith

We're happy to welcome Sahara Smith to Mountain Stage on Friday, June 18 as part of a special FestivALL Charleston edition of Mountain Stage. Tickets are available ONLINE, locally at Taylor Books and the Clay Center Box Office, or by phone at 304.561.3570.

Currently touring with Mason Jennings, Smith is preparing to make a big splash in the Americana music world. The Austin native is at work with T-Bone Burnett on what is sure to be her breakout release. Sample her sound on MySpace and pick up your Mountain Stage tickets NOW!

Also on the bill are "Walking In Memphis" singer Marc Cohn whose new album "The Listening Booth" covers well-known tunes from the year 1970, Australian traditional soul sensation Gurrumul, and Australian pop singer Kate Miller-Heidke. We hope to see you there!

This Week on Radio, May 7

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By Mountain Stage
 · May 7, 2010

Brian Blauser
Steve Earle
This week's radio broadcast is a special encore featuring acclaimed troubadour Steve Earle, former Nickel Creek fiddler Sara Watkins,
alt-popsters King Wilkie, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and The Lovell Sisters. Here's the playlist. Find a radio station in your area and tune-in for this star-studded performance.
Brian Blauser
Sara Watkins

We recorded this episode as part of the inaugural season at the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, WV.

We've got a preview on our Song of the Week page. There you'll hear Sara Watkins performing "Long Hot Summer Days," by one of our favorites, John Hartford.

Brian Blauser
Trombone Shorty

There is so much good stuff to feast your ears on over at NPR Music. We've got the sets from Ani DiFranco with her stellar yet unconventional band, a captivating performance by Erin McKeown, a roof-raising set by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the refined pop-rock of Chuck Prophet and a transcendant set from finger-style guitarist and YouTube sensation Andy McKee.

Be sure to keep up with the latest by "liking" Mountain Stage on facebook and don't forget to sign up for our podcast from iTunes or Feedburner.

Two Artist Additions: June 18 & 20

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By Mountain Stage
 · May 4, 2010

Australian pop darling Kate Miller-Heidke joins us June 18.

Our Friday, June 18 show, as part of FestivALL Charleston, just got more international flavor with the addition of Aussie pop-songstress Kate Miller-Heidke. She has received a lot of attention for her “Facebook Song,” whose full title can’t be written here on the Mountain Stage Blog

Her song "Caught in the Crowd" was "Song of the Day" recently at NPR and she'll be appearing at five Lilith Fair stops this summer.

Showtime June 18 is 8pm. All seats are reserved $29, available ONLINE, by phone at 304.561.3570 or at Taylor Books, downtown Charleston.

Here's the video for "Caught in the Crowd."

Bill Kirchen

Legendary honky-tonk guitar man Bill Kirchen has just joined the line-up for Mountain Stage’s Sunday, June 20. This living legend of guitar is the distinctive guitar tone behind the early days of Commander Cody, including its signature hit “Hot Rod Lincoln.” 

Kirchen is prepared to release Word to the Wise on May 25, which features cameos by some big names, including piano by Commander Cody, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Dan Hicks and Maria Muldaur. 

The man known as “The Titan of the Telecaster” habitually gives legendary performances, so I’m sure his short visit with us will be no different. If you need any proof, just type his name at YouTube and let the fireworks begin.

Here’s the title track from his last CD Hammer of the Honky Tonk Gods.

Showtime is 7pm and tickets go on sale WEDNESDAY, May 5 at 10am and are $20 in advance, $29 at the door. All seats are reserved. Order ONLINE or by phone at 304.561.3570, or pick them up in person at Taylor Books, downtown Charleston.

Also on the bill are Dierks Bentley & the Travelin’ McCourys, Canadian country manFred Eaglesmith and legendary harmonica whiz Charlie McCoy.

June 20 On Sale Date

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By Mountain Stage
 · May 4, 2010

Dierks Bentley

Tickets will go on sale at 10am, tomorrow, May 5,  for Mountain Stage at the Clay Center, June 20 at 7pm. Our guests will be Dierks Bentley & the Travelin' McCourys, Fred Eaglesmith and Charlie McCoy.

All seats are RESERVED. $20 in advance plus applicable fees, and $29 at the door.

Tickets will be available at The Clay Center Box Office, Online, at Taylor Books, Downtown, Charleston, or by phone at 304.561.3570.

Bentley first appeared on Mountain Stage in Bristol, TN/VA, when The Birthplace of Country Music invited us to their historic city where the Carter Family, Jimmy Rodgers and many more made some of the first commercial country music recordings. He references Bristol's rich history in this Knoxville.com feature.

Marc Cohn

While you're there you can pick up tickets to our special Friday, June 18 performance featuring an extended set by "Walkin' in Memphis" singer/songwriter Marc Cohn, Gurrumull,  and (just announced) Kate Miller-Heidke. Show time for this one is 8pm. All seats are reserved, $29, plus applicable fees, across the board.

Both of these events occur during FestivALL Charleston,  the city-wide arts and entertainment festival in the Capitol City. It's a great
time to experience Charleston, with all sorts of great music, visual art, dance, theater and plenty of family fun.

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