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1. Darrell Scott - "Desperados Waiting for a Train" - Live from Mountain Stage

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Darrell Scott visited Mountain Stage this past Sunday, and closed his set with a song by his friend Guy Clark. Here he performs "Deperados Waiting for a Train," accompanied by Bob Thompson on piano, Michael Lipton on slide guitar, and Ron Sowell on harmonica.

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2. Allen Toussaint - Yes We Can Can - Live from Mountain Stage

Allen Toussaint - Yes We Can Can - Live from Mountain Stage

Singer, Songwriter and pianist Allen Toussaint is not only a New Orleans institution, but he's had his hands in many of the most popular tunes in the American songbook. As host Larry Groce says in his introduction, "If there's any song that's really cool and you don't know who wrote it, chances are, it was Allen Toussaint." He performs many of his best-known numbers during this week's broadcast, including the funk classic "Yes We Can Can," which became the Pointer Sisters' first hit single.

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3. 2. The Memories Of The Mountain Stage Audience

2. The Memories Of The Mountain Stage Audience

When R.E.M. appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage on April 28, 1991, they were one of the biggest bands in the world. Though when they released Out of Time, in March of that year, they decided against touring behind it, opting for media appearances instead. One of these appearances was Mountain Stage. 25 years later, that spring weekend has become legendary in Charleston, West Virginia, when a big band visited a small town. Their Mountain Stage set is being commercially released for the first time as part of an expansive reissue of the band's critically acclaimed album Out of Time. The Mountain Stage recording will make up the third disc of the four-disc Deluxe Edition. To mark the occasion for ourselves, we’ve compiled stories of the weekend into "A Big Band Comes To A Small Town: R.E.M. on Mountain Stage at 25." We’ll hear from Mountain Stage founders Larry Groce and Andy Ridenour, music journalist Annie Zaleski (who wrote the liner notes for the Out of Time reissue, who explains why the band didn’t tour), and of course, members of the Mountain Stage audience that night in 1991.

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4. Larry Groce & Co. - Heroes - Live from Mountain Stage

Larry Groce & Co. - Heroes - Live from Mountain Stage

Blitzen Trapper, Wild Child, Birds of Chicago, Ruby Amanfu and The Suitcase Junket joined Larry Groce onstage in Morgantown on January 17th for a special Mountain Stage finale song - David Bowie's "Heroes."

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5. 3. Behind The Scenes With Larry Groce And Andy Ridenour

3. Behind The Scenes With Larry Groce And Andy Ridenour

When R.E.M. appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage on April 28, 1991, they were one of the biggest bands in the world. Though when they released Out of Time, in March of that year, they decided against touring behind it, opting for media appearances instead. One of these appearances was Mountain Stage. 25 years later, that spring weekend has become legendary in Charleston, West Virginia, when a big band visited a small town. Their Mountain Stage set is being commercially released for the first time as part of an expansive reissue of the band's critically acclaimed album Out of Time. The Mountain Stage recording will make up the third disc of the four-disc Deluxe Edition. To mark the occasion for ourselves, we’ve compiled stories of the weekend into "A Big Band Comes To A Small Town: R.E.M. on Mountain Stage at 25." We’ll hear from Mountain Stage founders Larry Groce and Andy Ridenour, music journalist Annie Zaleski (who wrote the liner notes for the Out of Time reissue, who explains why the band didn’t tour), and of course, members of the Mountain Stage audience that night in 1991.

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6. Monday (Every Time I Turn Around) - The Bottle Rockets - Live from Mountain Stage

Monday (Every Time I Turn Around) - The Bottle Rockets - Live from Mountain Stage

The Bottle Rockets perform "Monday (Every Time I Turn Around)," live on Mountain Stage.

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7. MS2GO Episode Five

MS2GO Episode Five

It's our best of 2015 edition of Mountain Stage to Go, with performances by Pokey LaFarge, Joe Pug, Kristin Andreassen, Mac McAnally, The Milk Carton Kids, Sam Gleaves, Tyler Childers, Drive-By Truckers , and the late Allen Toussaint. Hosted by Assistant Producer Joni Deutsch.

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8. 1. Music Writer Annie Zaleski Explains Why R.E.M. Didn't Tour In 1991

1. Music Writer Annie Zaleski Explains Why R.E.M. Didn't Tour In 1991

When R.E.M. appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage on April 28, 1991, they were one of the biggest bands in the world. Though when they released Out of Time, in March of that year, they decided against touring behind it, opting for media appearances instead. One of these appearances was Mountain Stage. 25 years later, that spring weekend has become legendary in Charleston, West Virginia, when a big band visited a small town. Their Mountain Stage set is being commercially released for the first time as part of an expansive reissue of the band's critically acclaimed album Out of Time. The Mountain Stage recording will make up the third disc of the four-disc Deluxe Edition. To mark the occasion for ourselves, we’ve compiled stories of the weekend into "A Big Band Comes To A Small Town: R.E.M. on Mountain Stage at 25." We’ll hear from Mountain Stage founders Larry Groce and Andy Ridenour, music journalist Annie Zaleski (who wrote the liner notes for the Out of Time reissue, who explains why the band didn’t tour), and of course, members of the Mountain Stage audience that night in 1991.

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9. A Big Band Comes To A Small Town: R.E.M. on Mountain Stage at 25

A Big Band Comes To A Small Town: R.E.M. on Mountain Stage at 25

When R.E.M. appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage on April 28, 1991, they were one of the biggest bands in the world. Though when they released Out of Time, in March of that year, they decided against touring behind it, opting for media appearances instead. One of these appearances was Mountain Stage. 25 years later, that spring weekend has become legendary in Charleston, West Virginia, when a big band visited a small town. Their Mountain Stage set is being commercially released for the first time as part of an expansive reissue of the band's critically acclaimed album Out of Time. The Mountain Stage recording will make up the third disc of the four-disc Deluxe Edition. To mark the occasion for ourselves, we’ve compiled stories of the weekend into "A Big Band Comes To A Small Town: R.E.M. on Mountain Stage at 25." We’ll hear from Mountain Stage founders Larry Groce and Andy Ridenour, music journalist Annie Zaleski (who wrote the liner notes for the Out of Time reissue, who explains why the band didn’t tour), and of course, members of the Mountain Stage audience that night in 1991.

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10. Peter Wolf - "Love Stinks" - Live from Mountain Stage

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Peter Wolf of The J. Geils Band makes an unannounced stop at Mountain Stage to remind us that even though love stinks, we all crave the smell.

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11. MtnStageTOHOHOHO

MtnStageTOHOHOHO

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12. Listen To The Music

Listen To The Music

Shani Rose wrote the song "Listen to the Music" for two fans from Portland who have been supportive since her 2nd tour in 2009. Their 6 month old baby girl was in the hospital with meningitis in November 2014, and Shani felt like she wanted to do something to help bring them some positive energy and love in such a difficult time. This song is a celebration, a statement loud and clear, that brings hope to anyone who is listening. The kind of hope that helps us keep going in life even though we sometimes don't know how we'll make it through. Engineer - Jonathan Nesvadba Recorded at: Pearl Tone Studios “[Shani Rose’s] voice crackles –like the delicate fizz of champagne being poured into a glass.” This uniqueness is something the Los Angeles pop/rock songstress calls “Soulful Crunch.” Shani Rose has taken this “Soulful Crunch” and become her own breed of songwriter---with influences from Adele, Sara Bareilles, Regina Spektor, and Norah Jones --she could almost be considered an Adorah Barektor. Shani was first inspired by these musical ladies (among many other artists) when she was studying jazz piano, songwriting, and composing at USC’s Thornton School of Music. So inspired, in fact, that in 2009 she decided to record an EP all by herself and embark on a independent tour with fellow singer/songwriter Amanda Holmes. This self-recorded and self-produced EP, “Warm Rain”, was the humble start of Shani’s growth as a genuine songwriter and artist; she learned just how much work it takes share her songs with the world. Share she did—and hasn’t stopped sharing since. Her ability to combine relatable, heartfelt lyrics and catchy, unique melodies captivated her audiences and helped turn these listeners into the beginnings of a growing fan base. After graduating from USC’s Thornton School of Music and receiving a Masters in Music Education, Shani went on to audition and become accepted as a featured artist at the world famous Universal Citywalk in Hollywood. She has had the honor of headlining the 5 Towers main stage at Universal Citywalk, where she released her debut studio album “Merry Go Round” in early 2013. After 3 West Coast tours, gracing stages at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, and abroad, Shani ended up achieving notable success for her songwriting, reaching the semifinals and finals in prestigious songwriting contests such as the Newsong Mountainstage Contest and Unsigned Only Songwriting Competition. Shani’s will be releasing her new single in 2015 with grammy winning producer Val Garay (Elton John, James Taylor, Marvin Gaye). copyright 2014 Shani Music Publishing

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13. Jesse Winchester - Never Forget To Boogie

Jesse Winchester - Never Forget To Boogie

Jesse Winchester - who passed away this April - visited Mountain Stage 8 times during his career; always captivating the audience with his nimble lyrics and trademark low-key delivery. A songwriter's songwriter in the truest sense, he had come to count Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffet and Neko Case among his most vocal fans. Winchester continued to create amazing new music until the end of his life, including the instant Mountain Stage staff favorite "Never Forget to Boogie," which was recorded during his final appearance on the show in October of 2014.

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14. Time To Waste Time - Live On Mountain Stage

Time To Waste Time  - Live On Mountain Stage

Live on Mountain Stage (2006-2015) by Todd Burge www.toddburge.com.bandcamp.com

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