A close second would be former Mountain Stage band members Deni Bonet and John Kessler, along with members from the current band, tearing through an old Stark Raven song called "100 Million Reasons." It was, by far, the most rocking moment of the night.
Meanwhile, Mollie O'Brien returned for her 18th appearance on the show, along with her husband, Rich Moore. They served up some fun, folksy tunes.
Todd Snider was his usual weird, but charming self; telling stories meant to make people laugh a little and maybe think about what they're laughing at.
As kind of an unusual treat, "Mountain Stage" also brought out West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman, who performed his poem, "A Song for West Virginia." Spoken word is an uncommon item on the "Mountain Stage" menu, but Harshman delivered his poem, commemorating West Virginia's sesquicentennial with fervor and passion. He got a standing ovation and earned it.
As part of the celebration, "Mountain Stage" brought back some of the people who'd left the show over the years, including Kessler, stage manager Don Wafer and show co-creator Andy Ridenour, who were interviewed on stage by WV PBS reporter Dave Mistich to try and fill the time it takes for the crew to set up for the next act.
For the folks listening at home, these dead spots are edited down or removed entirely, but for a live broadcast, they had to do something.
The mini interviews did the job, even if they didn't reveal much.
Like several of the "Mountain Stage" shows over the last year, the program was packed with old friends. They were looking back over the last 30 years, but by the end of the show, were talking about the year to come and looking to the future.