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Joni Deutsch

Joni Deutsch was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, and graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in public relations and advertising. After learning the radio ropes at WLUR 91.5 FM in Lexington, Virginia, Joni returned to the Mountain State and joined the West Virginia Public Broadcasting family as the creator and host of the weekly indie/alternative music program A Change of Tune. Her work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition and NPR Music's Heavy Rotation.

In June 2015, Joni became assistant producer for NPR Music’s live performance radio program Mountain Stage with Larry Groce and host of its #MS2Go podcast. One year later, she became the program’s youngest, not to mention first female, guest host. In addition to her radio production work, Joni also acts as lead coordinator for West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s NPR Generation Listen initiative, successfully connecting young listeners to public radio through engaging events around West Virginia.

When she’s not making radio or pursuing her master’s in strategic communication from American University, she can usually be found at home with a good podcast or new #WVmusic release, a hot cup of tea, and a shaggy Polish Lowland sheepdog by her side. 

A great deal has changed since 1964. But when rockabilly purveyor Bill Kirchen performs "The Times They Are A-Changin'" on Mountain Stage in 2017, it brings it back into focus.

A classic Southern soul band tinged with a fiery lead singer, St. Paul & the Broken Bones return to the Mountain Stage with a move'n and groove'n performance of "Flow with It."

Conductor, multi-instrumentalist and composer of more than 100 orchestral and chamber works, "the Renaissance man of American music" David Amram performs a stunning rendition of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."

The hardest of hardcore troubadours, outlaw country's own Steve Earle returns on this week's brand new broadcast of Mountain Stage with a turn back of time to 1988's "Copperhead Road." 

In the fall of 2017, Bruce Cockburn will join Neil Young in being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. But before he does, you'll be able to hear his brand new Mountain Stage performance on 200+ NPR stations. That includes the song "Lovers in a Dangerous Time," a quite-relevant piece of Top 40's pop culture that highlights the hopefulness in a hopeless world.

Welcome to purgatory. Population: eastern Kentucky troubadour Tyler Childers — or, at least, the Appalachian sinner at the heart of Childers' rollicking story of a boy who doesn't ask permission to "drink and love and smoke and snort my fill" so much as he encourages his lady love to handle the whole forgiveness part. For his second appearance on Mountain Stage, Childers leads his seven-piece band into a hellraising performance of "Purgatory," as recorded live in Charleston, W. Va.

This essay is one in a series celebrating deserving artists or albums not included on NPR Music's list of 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women.

Imagine, if you will, a traveling Canadian singer-songwriter with the voice (and humor) of Norm Macdonald and the attire of a Toy Story 2 character. Then imagine him taking the stage with his wife, Tif Ginn, to sing an innuendo-drenched ode to the toggle switch. There's no one quite like Fred Eaglesmith, who makes his sixth appearance on Mountain Stage with this humorous performance of "Toggle Switch," recorded live in Charleston, W.Va.

Set List

  • "Toggle Switch"

Photo Credit: Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

This Sunday, February 12, point your browser to MountainStage.org at 7pm EST to watch a LIVE recording of Mountain Stage with Larry Groce via VuHaus.

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