Mountain Stage’s longtime host Larry Groce is not going anywhere merely yet, and then in that location’s no call for misty eyes as well as career retrospectives. But afterward having co-founded and hosted the present since 1983, it was announced last week that Larry volition live seceding regular weekly host duties to none other than Kathy Mattea. Groce volition however host upon occasion, and remain on equally an artistic managing director.
Meanwhile, this feels like a big deal for Kathy Mattea, for Mountain Stage, in addition to for the many artists that look on the programme. The pick is a natural jibe. Mattea is from South Charleston herself. She has appeared on the present more times than whatsoever other adult female, as well as is only out-tenured in appearances by swain West Virginia native Tim O’Brien. Kathy has besides hosted the computer program in the yesteryear.
Of course of instruction state fans know Kathy Mattea well after her major run inwards the late fourscore’s into the early ninety’s, minting iv #1 singles, as well as a pretty incredible string of xv Top 10’s, turning songs like “Eighteen Wheels together with a Dozen Roses” into bonafide standards. But when the large radio hits gave out, she didn’t pass on upward, she only kept on doing her affair, as well as is considered invaluable to the roots scene inward Appalachia.
“Kathy’s been coming on the demonstrate for more than xxx years at present, and inwards all that fourth dimension as well as amongst all her success, she actually hasn’t changed who she is at her sum,” says Larry Groce. “She embodies the best of West Virginia the same fashion Mountain Stage does, too that’s how I knew she’d live the perfect somebody for this task.”
Mountain Stage has likewise broadcast from remote locations upon occasion, including from Canada too other locales. Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, the program primarily lives on NPR station WVPB, but is carried past many other affiliates, in addition to tin live institute online every bit well.
“There’s something quintessentially West Virginia nigh Mountain Stage,” says Kathy Mattea. “Beyond the world-class performances, beyond the collaborative atmosphere, beyond how much fun it is, I mean the show offers a actually of import insight into the people together with the civilization that makes West Virginia then special, as well as I’m ever thrilled to assist part that with the earth.”