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Listen Now: Larry Groce On Mountain Stage

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Larry Groce Performs On Mountain Stage

Larry Groce Performs On Mountain Stage

Listen Now: Larry Groce On Mountain Stage

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Set List

  • "Mama Tried"
  • "Mother, the Queen of My Heart"
  • "My Mama Was a Majorette"
  • "Simple Song (Mountain Stage Theme)"

Larry Groce stepped in to perform "mother" songs by Merle Haggard and Jimmie Rodgers. Brian Blauser hide caption

toggle caption Brian Blauser

Though he can be heard singing the show's theme and leading guest artists in the finale every week, more than 20 years have passed since Mountain Stage host and artistic director Larry Groce has appeared in his own segment. But when a late change to the lineup left an opening in the program, Groce gave a rare extended performance.

A gospel trio featuring a mother and two daughters was originally booked to perform on a special episode of Mountain Stage commemorating the 100th celebration of Mother's Day on May 11, 2008. When health problems prevented the trio from appearing, Groce stepped in.

Groce performs several "mother" songs, including one he wrote called "My Mama Was a Majorette." Longtime Mountain Stage listeners will also be surprised to hear the Mountain Stage theme "Simple Song" in its entirety for the first time in the show's 25 years.

This segment originally ran Jul. 16, 2008.

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