West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage with Larry Groce returns to Morgantown on Sunday, March 21. Showtime is 7 p.m. at the WVU Creative Arts Center. Scheduled to appear are Patty Loveless, The Grascals and Loudon Wainwright III with additional artists to be announced at a later date. Tickets are on sale now at the Mountainlair and CAC box offices, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 304-293-SHOW.
Growing up listening to the Grand Ole Opry encouraged Patty Loveless to begin performing at a young age, learning from greats such as the Wilburn Brothers, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton. Since her career began, Loveless, now an honored member of the Grand Ole Opry herself, has released 14 studio albums, a holiday record and multiple compilation albums. Her most recent album, Mountain Soul II, peaked at No. 1 on the Bluegrass Charts, in addition to having charted over 40 songs on Billboard’s Country Songs including “Blame it on Your Heart” and “Lonely Too Long.” Throughout the years, Loveless has been recognized as Female Vocalist of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Nashville Music Awards and the Country Radio Awards. She also received a Grammy award for Country Collaboration in 1999.
Bursting onto the scene in 2004, The Grascals recorded their debut album and began touring with the legendary Dolly Parton. After only one year, they earned the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Emerging Artist of the Year, as well as Song of the Year for their track “Me and John Paul.” Since then, The Grascals have won numerous awards, including IBMA’s Entertainer of the Year in 2006 and 2007, as well Bluegrass Band of the Year at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBMA) in 2008. Since their debut album, The Grascals have recorded two records that both peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart— the 2006 album Long List of Heartaches and 2009’s Keep on Walkin’, which received the SPBMA award for Album of the Year. Having also shared the stage with Brooks & Dunn, Patty Loveless, Kenny Rogers and many others, the band has quickly become one of the most beloved and acclaimed contemporary bluegrass groups in the country.
Loudon Wainwright III
From acoustic and rock to humor and folk, Loudon Wainwright III has been entertaining audiences since 1970. A 2010 Grammy award-winner for his new album, High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project, Wainwright has long been a respected figure in the music world. His 20-plus albums and entertaining stage presence has gained him a large and loyal fanbase. His hit song “Dead Skunk,” from the folk-rock Album III, was a Top 20 success. Since the 80s, Wainwright has been composing songs for National Public Radio and even released a collection of these songs on the 1999 album Social Studies. The album was followed by The BBC Sessions record, which featured old favorites and a few new compositions. Wainwright released Strange Weirdos: Music from and Inspired by the Film Knocked Up in 2007. Taking his musical talent to the live stage, Wainwright appeared in the off-Broadway show Pump Boys and Dinettes and also starred in a feature role on the legendary television series MA*SH.
General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show and may be purchased at the Mountainlair and CAC box offices, online at ticketmaster.com and by phone at 304-293-SHOW or 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Giant Eagle on Greenbag Rd.
This event is produced by WVU Arts & Entertainment. For more event information, call 304-293-SHOW, or visit us online at events.wvu.edu.
CONTACT: Ali Daly, 304-293-8222