Mountain Stage Returns to Athens October 18

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The NPR music program “Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” will return to Athens Sunday, October 18 at 7 p.m. The program, produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, is heard weekly on WOUB Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Tuesdays at midnight. The show features five guest artists in a two-hour showcase that is recorded for later distribution to more than 100 NPR stations nationwide and overseas on the Voice of America satellite service.

The performance will feature Sam Bush and Chuck Prophet.

Sam Bush

Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam As well as being an accomplished bluegrass vocalist, Bush also is an accomplished instrumentalist on guitar and fiddle winning title of National Fiddle champion at fifteen years of age. Alternately known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, Bush has been honored by the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Chuck Prophet

Prophet describes his genre of music as Ameri-indie/White Trash Soul and first achieved notice in the American psychedelic/desert rock group Green on Red, with whom he toured and recorded in the 1980s. National television appearances include Austin City Limits in support of No Other Love, as well as Letterman and Carson Daly, supporting 2007’s Soap & Water. His music has increasingly been featured in film and television, most recently as the closing track to episode two of True Blood.

Additional performing artists will be announced.

The event will be held at Ohio University’s Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium and is being sponsored by the Ohio University Concert Series and WOUB Public Media. Tickets are available for purchase for $25 for the first 10 rows and $15 for general admission and can be reserved by calling 740-593-1780 or online at