September means that new episodes are on the way, beginning this weekend with Patty Griffin.

September means that new episodes are on the way, beginning this weekend with Patty Griffin.

Why thank you, Danny.

Why thank you, Danny.

Scenes from our home base, the West Virginia Culture Center Theater.

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires: The Bruce and Patty of Americana.

Mountain Stage host Larry Groce and Randy Newman at an ASCAP event earlier this year.
Larry sent this photo to us with the subject line “Me and My Favorite Songwriter.”

Mountain Stage host Larry Groce and Randy Newman at an ASCAP event earlier this year.

Larry sent this photo to us with the subject line “Me and My Favorite Songwriter.”

This is going to be fun.

Our Mountain Stage ALL ACCESS fundraiser party is NEXT SATURDAY. Find out how you can attend.

Our Mountain Stage ALL ACCESS fundraiser party is NEXT SATURDAY. Find out how you can attend.

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