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Listen Now: The Hillbilly Gypsies On Mountain Stage

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Hillbilly Gypsies On Mountain Stage

Hillbilly Gypsies On Mountain Stage

Listen Now: The Hillbilly Gypsies On Mountain Stage

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Set List

  • "Pike County Breakdown"
  • "Come on In"
  • "Rabbit in a Log"
  • "Mama's Hand"
  • "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin"
  • "Gonna Build a Train"

The Hillbilly Gypsies performed songs from Come On In, along with a number of favorite repertory cuts. Brian Blauser hide caption

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Brian Blauser

Gathered around a large, vintage diaphragm microphone, the native West Virginians in Hillbilly Gypsies recently performed a mix of traditional and original Appalachian music before a crowd at the International Mother's Day Shrine in Grafton, W.Va.

When Mountain Stage goes on the road, host and artistic director Larry Groce is fond of booking local talent on the show to help showcase the area's musical offerings. From nearby Morgantown, W.Va., where the group formed after a chance meeting in 2001, Hillbilly Gypsies' members are both preservationists and trailblazers, fusing old-time and bluegrass sounds into a high-energy blend of mountain music.

The group's set features original music, as well as music of its home state, as it performs "Mama's Hand," written by West Virginia-born songwriter Hazel Dickens.

This segment originally ran on Jul. 18, 2008.