On this week’s broadcast, Mountain Stage celebrates 30 years of live performance radio.

nprchives:

Progressive bluegrass group Hot Rize and their alter ego, Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers first performed on Mountain Stage in May of 1984.
Fast Forward a bit to 1985- South Carolina’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival heard the ‘84 performance and requested Mountain Stage to broadcast live using NPR’s brand new satellite uplink- but only if Hot Rize was on the bill. The broadcast was a success, and that was the very beginning of NPR’s longstanding partnership with Mountain Stage. 

nprchives:

Progressive bluegrass group Hot Rize and their alter ego, Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers first performed on Mountain Stage in May of 1984.

Fast Forward a bit to 1985- South Carolina’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival heard the ‘84 performance and requested Mountain Stage to broadcast live using NPR’s brand new satellite uplink- but only if Hot Rize was on the bill. The broadcast was a success, and that was the very beginning of NPR’s longstanding partnership with Mountain Stage. 

The quotable Larry Groce, from our 30th Anniversary show.

The quotable Larry Groce, from our 30th Anniversary show.

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Winter is coming.

davemistich:

A rough four minute teaser of the soon-to-be-airing radio documentary on the history of Mountain Stage. First air date is next Monday, November 25th at 8 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

That’s me on the left, pictured with Jason Isbell.

Yes, I realize Isbell isn’t included in this teaser. But, a lot of people like him and I knew it would grab your attention. Also, he’s included in the documentary at another point. That basically means you have to tune into the broadcast to hear what he has to say.

ArtistDave Mistich
TitleMountain Stage at 30: A Rough Four Minute Teaser
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Mountain Stage origins, courtesy of reporter Dave Mistich’s upcoming radio doc.

mtnadam:

davemistich:

Audio Engineer Francis Fisher details the friendship he formed with singer-songwriter Larry Groce while working at WDNE in Elkins, West Virginia in the early ’70s. The two have known one another since 1972 and have worked together on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage for 30 years, with Groce serving as host and artistic director and Fisher as engineer. 

I love this. I’d say the same about my right hand man Jeff Shirley. We’ve been buddies since we first met. Here’s to 30 years of friendship.

ArtistInterview by Dave Mistich
TitleFrancis Fisher on Larry Groce
AlbumMountain Stage Celebrates 30 Years
Listen to the father of bluegrass himself, Bill Monroe on Mountain Stage. Recorded 5-21-1989, remastered from the Mountain Stage archives.

Listen to the father of bluegrass himself, Bill Monroe on Mountain Stage. Recorded 5-21-1989, remastered from the Mountain Stage archives.

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davemistich:

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes discusses the frequent miscategoization of his band, as well as how that plays a part in their feelings of kinship toward Mountain Stage.

TitleTaylor Goldsmith of Dawes

Does this mean Mountain Stage is way ahead of the curve?

The Milk Carton Kids on Mountain Stage (2011).

Lake Street Dive on Mountain Stage (2012).

The Carolina Chocolate Drops on Mountain Stage (2011).

The Carolina Chocolate Drops on Mountain Stage again (2009).

antirecords:

The Milk Carton Kids get a great mention in the New Yorker. “But what gave the evening its dynamism, its joy, was its sense of discovery. I may be way behind the curve here, but a few acts—the Milk Carton Kids, Rhiannon Giddens, and Lake Street Dive—were new to me, knocked me flat, and ought to be passed along. The Milk Carton Kids, the best known of the three acts (they’ve been on “Conan” and “A Prairie Home Companion”), are the duo of Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, and they are anchored by a rolling Dave Rawlings-like guitar style and harmonies out of the Everly Brothers; here, they are playing their song “New York” here.

Lots of great music coming up on Mountain Stage this fall. Tickets for many of these shows are still available.

Lots of great music coming up on Mountain Stage this fall. Tickets for many of these shows are still available.

standsfordecibels:

Since it’s Sunday, here’s a Mountain Stage stub I found in a CD. I was there to see Gutterball. Anne Magnuson is from Charleston and Crazy Jane was a local band. John & Mary are two people. I can’t remember American Music Club at all. I think I own some music by them.

standsfordecibels:

Since it’s Sunday, here’s a Mountain Stage stub I found in a CD. I was there to see Gutterball. Anne Magnuson is from Charleston and Crazy Jane was a local band. John & Mary are two people. I can’t remember American Music Club at all. I think I own some music by them.

Jason Isbell and Mountain Stage house band guitarist talk about what else - guitars - before soundcheck.

This week on Mountain Stage - David Wax Museum, Chuck Prophet, Jesse Harris, Barnaby Bright, and Lucy Kaplansky.

Renegade cellist, bicycle enthusiast, and proud Kentuckian Ben Sollee. See him LIVE on Mountain Stage this Sunday. Tickets.

Renegade cellist, bicycle enthusiast, and proud Kentuckian Ben Sollee. See him LIVE on Mountain Stage this Sunday. Tickets.

Black is the new black.
brianbpickens:

We’ve got a very limited number of these ladies shirts over at Made In West Virginia. I think they’re going to go very quick! 


Black is the new black.

brianbpickens:

We’ve got a very limited number of these ladies shirts over at Made In West Virginia. I think they’re going to go very quick!