Jan 20, 2017 - The New Year is well on it's way and Mountain Stage has many shows upcoming at the Culture Center, The Civic Center Little Theater, The Clay Center and on the road. Check out the calendar or go to mountainstage.org for all the details.
Sandra and Larry will join Todd Burge once again on February 4 at the Walker Theater of the Clay Center as part of the Woody Hawley Concert Series. This is a wonderful venue and we'll have many friends on stage to do the songs as we recorded them on "Live Forever". This will probably be our last performance for a while so I hope you'll join us. Get tickets here.
Oct 19 - We'll be joining our good friend, and West Virginia's premier singer/songwriter, Todd Burge for a concert at The Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta Ohio on Friday Oct 28. The venue is a beautiful, historical refurbished theater. Get more info here.
Sept 26 - Below check out a photo backstage at Mountain Stage on Sept 18. From left it's Emily Saliers, LG, Wynonna, Charlie White (Wynonna's guitar player), Cactus Moser (Wynonna's husband, producer and drummer), Tommy Hannum (Wynonna's bass player) and Dow Tomlin (Wynonna's bass player). Great folks, powerful show. Catch the show on radio on WVPR on October 22 and 28 and around the country the week after October 21 (see local listings).
Sept 19 - Larry joins the Carpenter Ants for a house concert in Harmony PA this Friday night, September 23, at 7pm. Admission is $15 and it's BYOB with limited, open seating. RSVP is required, so give 'em a call at 724-452-0539. For more information go to the calendar on this site or to www.facebook.com/harmonyinthehouse or www.bottlebrusharts.com. Then he heads to Pittsburgh as Mountain Stage does a show there for the first time ever on Sept 25. Come on up and see us! Check the calendar on this site for details and ticket info.
Sept 13 - Big show this weekend at home in Charleston. Indigo Girls, Patty Larkin, Lydia Loveless and Wynnona & the Big Noise - yep, that Wynnona. Tickets sold out in a couple of hours, but we have some in special packages offered as thank you gifts during the West Virginia Public Radio fund drive this week.
I want to give a shout out to the great James Fallows, for many years one of America's finest journalists and former speech writer for Jimmy Carter. He has an on line piece called Trump Time Capsules that is well done and very interesting reading. I was honored back in Dec of 2014 when Jim wrote a nice piece about me when he was doing a series about smaller towns and cities in America. As the big man sang: "We live in a political world".
Sept 2 - Had some fun shows recently. Larry went on the road with The Carpenter Ants in Hancock, MD, Ringwood , NJ, and Joe's Pub in NYC. The latter is projected to end up raising $7,500+ for WV Flood relief. Many thanks to Michael Cerveris for much hard work in organizing that fund raiser. The photo below was taken that night by Michael's brother Todd. The drawing was done that night by the fantastic artist Michael Arthur. Then Sandra and I, along with Michael Lipton and Ted Harrison of the Carpenter Ants, had two very nice shows at the The Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV, and The Shepherdstown Opera House in Shepherdstown, WV. Thanks to those of you who came out and to John at the Fiddle and Nicola at the Opera House.
Sandra and Larry will be at The Purple Fiddle on Friday, August 26th, and at the Shepherdstown Opera House on Saturday, the 27th. These are two of WV's finest music venues and we very much look forward to playing them. Michael Lipton will join us at these performances. Check the venue sites or our calendar here for details and be sure to say hello if you make it to one of the shows.
On Sunday, August 28th from 4-6pm, Larry will join WVPB's Joni Deutsch (A Change of Tune) and Rozwell Kid frontman (and Martinsburg native) Jordan Hudkins for a #WhyListen: First Listen Music Party at Town Run Brewing Company in Shepherdstown. The event is free but you must have a reservation to get in. Check it out here.
THE PURPLE FIDDLE SHEPHERDSTOWN OPERA HOUSE
Larry will be with The Carpenter Ants for three nights in August. The first is at Buddylou's in Hancock MD on Friday, August 19, then on Saturday the 20th, they will be doing a House Concert in Ringwood NJ.
On Sunday, August 21, they will be part of a very special two-show WV Flood Relief Fundraiser in NYC at Joe's Pub, organized by WV Broadway star Michael Cerveris. Others on the bill include Cerveris with Loose Cattle, Suzzy and Lucy Wainwright Roche, Nellie McKay, Laura Cantrell, Anders Parker, Ona, Tyler Childers and Todd Burge, Check it out at Take Me Home. Details can be found on the Calendar section of this site.
Check out Larry with WCHS TV's Terry Burhans in a Road Trippin' "We Gotta Get Out of this Place" video segment around the FestivALL Painted Piano at Capitol Market in Charleston.
On July 9 we will be joining the Carpenter Ants and steel player Russ Hicks at Beckley's 110 Marshall. Michelle James wrote a nice article in the Beckley Register Herald about it. I hope you can make it down. We've never been there, but Michael of the Ants tells us it's a great place and we're looking forward to it.
We don't have any more shows in June, but on July 9 we'll be in Beckley with The Carpenter Ants and on July 23rd we'll be at the Appalachian Folk Life Center near Pipestem State Park with Todd Burge. Check the calendar for details.
June 6 - Catch us this week, Friday June 10, at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza in Columbus OH
June 5 - Larry and Sandra, along with Bob Thompson, will be performing Jesse Winchester's beautiful, "Songbird", on Mountain Stage today.
June 3 - Just released: Larry and Sandra will be joining singer/songwriter Todd Burge for Larry & Sandra Groce & Todd Burge "Our Albums Are Released Tour 2016" at The Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta Ohio on Friday Oct 28. It's part of the Theatre's season which also includes shows by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ricky Skaggs and Steven Wright. Get more info here.
April 4 - Charleston Gazette-Mail
In the spirit of April 1st, food columnist and talented chef, April Hamilton, wrote a fun story about Larry and the 40th anniversary of "Junk Food Junkie" reaching the Billboard Top Ten in her Sunday column "Counter Intelligence". Read it here and see how his eating habits have been changed by his wife and kids.
Larry and April in the kitchen, Gazette-Mail photo by Doug Imbrogno
March 24 - Charleston Gazette-Mail
Don't forget that we'll be doing a set on Mountain Stage this weekend. It premiers March 26 on WV Public Radio with a repeat on Friday, April 1. After that it can be heard by going to the podcast section of the Mountain Stage website.
Here we are in our music room. Photo by Gazette-Mail.
March 8, 2016 - Nice Words in No Depression
Photog and critic Amos Perrine's latest column, "Through the Lens" in No Depression has a nice review of the album. He says:
"this album demonstrates that [Larry] should not have stayed away so long. While the album consists of mostly covers of songs done by artists who appeared on the show -- such as Townes Van Zandt, Jesse Winchester, and Billy Joe Shaver -- the originals are the treasures. Most notably, 'What Do You Think About (When You Think Of Love),' which was inspired by the great American writer Raymond Carver. In it, Groce becomes the Robert Altman of song...'When the Mist Clears Away'...captures West Virginia, in all its magnificence and obscurity, like few others...Live Forever is out now; don't wait till forever to pick it up."
March 6, 2016 - Ready or not, here we come.
Sandra and I will be performing on Mountain Stage along with Robert Earl Keen, Guster and The Westies. Robert Earl was so nice that he sang the duet with me on "Live Forever" (Ray Wylie Hubbard sings it on the recording). The show will be aired on most stations the week after March 26.
When Rhett Miller was snowed out during the Big East Blizzard at the end of January, we had to find a replacement overnight. The only one that was available and affordable was us. We weren't quite ready to perform live, but what the hell. Now I have to edit the show this week. Maybe I'll leave that to P-Train and Joni. Not sure if I can face the music.