July 2, 2008
Contact:
Anna Christopher, NPR


   

NPR TO DISTRIBUTE LONG-RUNNING
LIVE PERFORMANCE RADIO SHOW
MOUNTAIN STAGE WITH LARRY GROCE


CONCERT PROGRAM, PRODUCED BY
WEST VIRGINIA PUBLIC BROADCASTING,
ALSO JOINS THE NPR MUSIC WEB SITE THIS MONTH


ARTISTS TO BE FEATURED THIS SUMMER INCLUDE
JAKOB DYLAN, MIKE GORDON AND AMOS LEE


July 2, 2008; Charleston, WV and Washington, D.C. – Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, the weekly, two-hour live performance radio show featuring roots and contemporary, rock, folk, indie, ethnic and country music, is bringing its act to NPR Music.

Beginning today, the 25-year-old radio program, produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, will be distributed by NPR to all NPR Member stations nationally. Additionally, the Mountain Stage content will join the growing list of original music programs and live concerts, covering all genres, available for free streaming on the popular NPR Music Web site: www.NPR.org/music NPR Music will feature all new Mountain Stage shows, starting this month.

Mountain Stage welcomes established artists and rising stars in a mix of genres to its Charleston, WV, stage to perform on the weekly showcase. More than 1600 artists have visited Mountain Stage since its national debut in 1985, including R.E.M., the Neville Brothers, Martina McBride, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Arlo Guthrie, Ani DiFranco, the Barenaked Ladies, Marc Cohn and Sarah McLachlan. Each program includes the music of five artists, who are introduced by fellow musician and host Larry Groce. The show has a history of discovering rising artists; Sheryl Crow and Lyle Lovett played the Mountain Stage early in their careers. Among the artists the show will feature this summer are Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers; Mike Gordon, formerly of the jam band Phish; singer and pianist Vienna Teng; and singer-songwriters Amos Lee and Joshua Radin.

Mountain Stage airs on more than 100 public radio stations across the country, and produces a series of specials in HD for public television. The show also partners with NewSong to promote and support the songwriter and singer in a series of regional Mountain Stage NewSong Festivals, Academies and contests. Its radio program was previously distributed by public radio company Public Radio International. Mountain Stage ticketing and other information is available at: www.mountainstage.org/

NPR Music launched in November 2007 as a free, comprehensive music discovery destination, featuring content from NPR and 12 NPR Member public radio stations, as well as original-to-NPR Music features such as live performances, studio sessions, interviews, reviews and blogs. Specific sections of the site are dedicated to rock/pop/folk, classical, jazz/blues, world and urban music. In addition to Mountain Stage, NPR Music distributes the programs From the Top, JazzSet, Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz and World Café, and produces the popular new music program and podcast All Songs Considered and long-running celebration of opera, World of Opera.