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Mountain Stage

with Guest Host David Mayfield
Jan 14, 2024
WVU Canady Creative Arts Center

UPDATE: Kathy Mattea is unable to host this Sunday's show. Bluegrass showman and longtime friend of Mountain Stage David Mayfield will step in as guest host for the evening.

Mountain Stage has been the home of live music on public radio for 40 years. Each two-hour episode, produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, hosted by West Virginia native and Grammy Award-winner Kathy Mattea and distributed by NPR Music, can be heard weekly on more than 280 stations across America and around the world. Mountain Stage features performances from seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues and country to indie rock, synth pop, world music, alternative and beyond. Each episode is recorded before a live audience and typically features performances by five artists. “Music and hospitality – that’s what it’s all about,” Mattea told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “And those two things? That’s West Virginia right there.”


Members of the band The Steel Wheels
The Steel Wheels is an Americana band out of Harrisonburg, Virginia, with a strong bluegrass underpinning. The group plays acoustic music with warmth, a sense of authority and a tuneful approach that doesn't interfere with their traditional underpinnings. The band hosts the Rest Wing Roots Music Festival in the Shenandoah Valley yearly. The Steel Wheels remain committed to their mission of shaking up traditions to see what sticks, telling stories and joining communities through song.

Leslie Mendelson
Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Leslie Mendelson is supporting her most recent studio album "If You Can’t Say Anything Nice ...’ as well as a solo acoustic EP "In The Meantime," recorded during the 2020 lockdown. Described by Relix Magazine as an artist with “a loyal, cross-generational audience that hugs the hippie, hipster, coffee shop and society crowds,” Mendelson's timeless musicality and evocative songwriting indeed cuts a wide swath. All Music says her music evokes “1970s songwriter influences in the vein of Carole King and Carly Simon.”

Press photo of Peter One
Peter One is an Ivorian singer/songwriter based in Nashville who mixes American folk and country with West African traditions. There is a resolutely American bent to the shape of Peter’s story, which reaches beyond even the musical strains and stylings of folk and country that he has mixed together and expertly mastered—and for which he is best known. His story is, in many ways, indistinguishable from the most classic, inspirational immigrant narratives where folks, often against the odds, carve out a place for themselves and their families in a new land, thereby remaking both in the process.

Members of the band Upstate and their instrument
Over the past eleven years, Upstate has garnered acclaim for their effortless and genre-dodging arrangements. The band has traveled the country on a national headlining tour and secured support slots with The Felice Brothers, Marco Benevento, Lake Street Dive, Mt. Joy and The Wood Brothers. Their most recent album "Healing" showcases thier adventurous blend of folk, R&B, jazz, gospel and rock and roll.


WVU Canady Creative Arts Center