When Mountain Stage with Larry Groce returns to Morgantown next month, it will showcase five remarkable artists. Scheduled to appear are: Joan Osborne, Punch Brothers, Leftover Salmon, Lera Lynn and Sylvie Lewis. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.

Perhaps best known for her ‘90s smash hit song “(What If God Was) One of Us,” Joan Osborne has made a name for herself in recent years as a soulful, bluesy rocker. In 2007, Osborne appeared on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and in 2008 released “Little Wild One,” her seventh studio album, which reunited her with the team behind her record-selling, multi-platinum debut “Relish.” Osborne will release her latest album, “Bring It On Home” March 27. Drawing from a voice The New York Times describes as mixed with “angelic ecstasy and sexual abandon,” the album is a mix of vintage blues, R&B and soul songs, including tracks made famous by Sonny Boy Williamson and Muddy Waters.

The Punch Brothers are described as “brilliant, audacious, original and, above all, entertaining,” are a bluegrass force to be reckoned with. Led by mandolinist Chris Thile (formerly of Nickel Creek), the band is comprised of Noam Pikelny, Gabe Witcher, Paul Kowert and Chris Elridge. The group is known blending its pop-culture influences with its acoustic sound, mixing the likes of Radiohead, Earl Scruggs and even the classic works of Bach. The Times (London) said the band pushes “the boundaries of excellence in contemporary music performance in virtually all directions.” The group released their third album, “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” in February.

Fresh after a five-year absence, legendary jam band Leftover Salmon is re-energized and eager to perform for a new audience of bluegrass, Americana and fans looking for a good time. “A lot of new people are coming to the shows, lots of young folks who really weren’t in the scene last time we toured,” singer and guitarist Vince Herman told The Daily Camera. “Young people, even in hard economic times, need to come together and share joy and dancing and all that stuff.” With an eclectic and varied range of musical influences such as Cajun, funk, Southern rock, boogie, Caribbean, Latin, and jazz, the group has a sound for everyone.

When Lera Lynn takes the stage, there is an undeniable feeling that she is something different – something special. Her sultry voice has a way of wrapping around melodies, enveloping the listener in her lyrics, rife with a plainspoken yet cutthroat honesty. In March 2011, Lera Lynn released her debut solo album, “Have You Met Lera Lynn?” The Athens Banner-Herald raved “There’s no denying that passion, honesty and a clear artistic vision guided her debut record.” Last summer, Lynn won the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition held at Merlefest with her song, “Bobby, Baby.” In that same year, Lynn was also named “Best Americana Artist” and “Best Vocalist of the Year” in her hometown of Athens, Ga.

Sylvie Lewis writes wistful, reflective songs performed with a soft, heartbreaking voice. Her music is a bit theatrical, but with understated cleverness. The singer songwriter, originally from London, England, has made a name for herself as a folk musician with intense skill, reflected in her three releases. “Her literate yet highly personal songs, combined with her soft vocals and romantic music, make her an artist not to be missed,” said Song Illinois.

“Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

General admission tickets are $15 in advance or $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 the Walmart in Bridgeport.

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