Mountain Stage

  • Hosted by Larry Groce

Genre:  Live Music

Sunday 2-4 pm

Live Music from the Mountain State


Listen to Dawes on Mountain Stage

Nov 24, 2015

For the Thanksgiving holiday, Mountain Stage revisits one of its favorite broadcasts of this decade - a 2011 show which featured Jason Isbell, James McMurtry, Blitzen Trapper and Matthew Sweet. The episode closes with a set from Dawes, who perform this song, "A Little Bit of Everything."

First Family of the Banjo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn return to Mountain Stage this week, with songs from the first album they've recorded together as a duo.

Larry Groce Remembers Allen Toussaint

Nov 12, 2015

"Allen Toussaint was the most genteel person ever to perform on Mountain Stage. The first time he came, he brought his daughter with him. She was a university student at the time and was just as polite, soft spoken and friendly as he was.

Listen to Darlingside on Mountain Stage

Nov 12, 2015

Combining influences that range from 60's folk and bluegrass to classical and indie rock, Massachusetts-based quartet Darlingside perform lush, cinematic songs around a single microphone. Here they perform "God of Loss" from this week's premier broadcast of Mountain Stage.

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Allen Toussaint has died at the age of 77, Spanish authorities have confirmed.The award-winning artist was known for songs like Working In the Coal Mine, Southern Nights and Fortune Teller. He suffered a heart attack shortly after coming off stage at Madrid's Teatro Lara on Monday night, reported Spanish newspaper El Mundo. He was found in his hotel and resuscitated - but suffered a second heart attack en route to hospital.

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  Over the course of a career that lasted some sixty years, pianist, producer and songwriter Allen Toussaint's music and sound became a hugely influential force for artists working in many different genres. Toussaint died on Monday night in Madrid, at the age of 77. As the news has spread, artists and other luminaries have been pouring out their grief on social media. 

  The full blog and tribute is at NPR MUSIC

Incendiary slide guitar master and Louisiana native Sonny Landreth returns to this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, with a song he wrote for his fellow survivors of  Hurricane Katrina: Blue Tarp Blues.

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Even though he's just in his early 20's, Twin Cities based indie-folk artist John Mark Nelson's name has already begun to be mentioned alongside other longstanding Minnesota musical heavyweights like The Jayhawks, Trampled by Turtles, Low, and Dan Wilson.  Here he performs "Dream Last Night," backed by his own band, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

"Bramble Rose" was the title track on Tift Merritt's widely-acclaimed debut album, which was released in 2002. And just this year, Don Henley chose to kick off his long-awaited album of country songs with his own version of "Bramble Rose," which also featured vocals by Mick Jagger and country superstar Miranda Lambert. She revisits the song during this week's broadcast of Mountain Stage, recorded live in Cook County, Minnesota.