Musician's Spotlight en Sean Watkins <p></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Nickel Creek</a> singer and guitarist <a href="" target="_blank">Sean Watkins</a><strong> </strong>stopped by the MTPR studios during the group's 2014 Montana tour to play some tunes live and talk shop with host John Floridis. Sean describes both the new Nickel Creek album and his own new solo release.</p><p>(Broadcast: <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Musicians' Spotlight</em></a>, 8/26/14)</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 23717 at Sean Watkins John Butler <p>On the heels of the release of "Flesh and Blood," <a href="" target="_blank">John Butler</a> returns to <em>Musician's Spotlight</em>, updating listeners on the state of his "garden,” John's metaphor for balancing time with family and friends with his responsibilities as a business owner and his passion for music.</p><p>(Broadcast: <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Musician's Spotlight</em>, </a>5/13/14 and <strong>8/19/14</strong>)</p><p></p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 23558 at John Butler Le Vent Du Nord <p><a href="" target="_blank">Le Vent du Nord</a> captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a cosmopolitan breath of fresh air. Accordion, foot-tapping, hurdy gurdy and jaw harp characterize the sound of this engaging French-Canadian band.</p><p>(Broadcast: <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Musicians' Spotlight</em>, </a>5/6/14 &amp; <strong>8/12/14</strong>)</p><p></p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 22852 at Le Vent Du Nord The Best Westerns <p>They're a group of Missoula guys who started a country and western band primarily so they could sing while wearing cowboy hats. In their songs,<strong> </strong><a href="" target="_blank">The Best Westerns</a> "walk the line" between their appreciation for Western mythology, and their slice-of-life portrayals of modern life.</p><p>(Broadcast: <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Musicians' Spotlight</em></a>, 8/5/14)</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 22611 at The Best Westerns Eric Funk <p>Bozeman composer and jazz pianist <a href="" target="_blank">Eric Funk’s</a> work has been featured on the syndicated public radio programs <em>Morning Edition </em>and <em>Performance Today</em>. Funk also hosts the Montana PBS television series, <em>11th and Grant</em>.</p><p>(Broadcast: <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Musicians' Spotlight</em></a>, 4/29/14 &amp; <strong>7/29/14</strong>)</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 22269 at Eric Funk Carolina Chocolate Drops <p></p><p>For the past decade, the Grammy Award-winning <a href="" target="_blank">Carolina Chocolate Drops</a> have been highlighting the African-American place in American stringband music. Singer&nbsp;Rhiannon Giddens and multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins reflect on the band’s ascending career and how it fits into the history of the genre.</p><p>(Broadcast: <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Musicians' Spotligh</em>t</a>, 7/22/14)</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 22268 at Carolina Chocolate Drops Chris Botti <p>4/15/14 and <strong>7/15/14</strong>: This week on "<a href="" target="_blank">Musician's Spotlight</a>:" Grammy award-winning trumpeter <a href="" target="_blank">Chris Botti</a> tells John Floridis about his intensive jazz training, and how it led him to collaborations with Paul Simon, Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Steven Tyler, Gladys Night and Yo-Yo Ma, among others.&nbsp;<span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"> </span></font></span></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 21595 at Chris Botti Cyril Neville <p><xmlns:texthelpns rwthpgen="1">3/25/14 and <strong>7/8/14</strong>:</xmlns:texthelpns><xmlns:texthelpns rwthpgen="1"> This week on "</xmlns:texthelpns><a href="" target="_blank">Musicians' Spotlight</a><xmlns:texthelpns rwthpgen="1">:</xmlns:texthelpns><xmlns:texthelpns rwthpgen="1">" The youngest of the Neville brothers and a member of the influential group </xmlns:texthelpns><a href="" target="_blank">The Meters</a><xmlns:texthelpns rwthpgen="1">, percussionist and singer </xmlns:texthelpns><a href="" ta Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 21346 at Cyril Neville Hilary Hahn <p>7/1/14: This week on "<a href="" target="_blank">Musician's Spotlight</a>:" Grammy Award-winning violinist <a href="" target="_blank">Hilary Hahn</a> discusses her most recent recording, "<a href="" target="_blank">In 27 Pieces</a>," which is the culmination of a multi-year project. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 21156 at Hilary Hahn The Hooligans <p>3/18/14 &amp; <strong>6/24/14</strong>: This week on "<a href="" target="_blank">Musician's Spotlight</a>:" Longtime Montana favorites, <a href="" target="_blank">The Hooligans</a>, waited for over twenty years to release their first recording, "Beggars and Thieves.” Along the way, they picked up an album producer and&nbsp; part-time band member, Little Feat's Bill Payne. Just as they're hitting their stride, the veteran band is entering a new, exciting phase.</p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Beth Anne Austein 20815 at The Hooligans