John Floridis

Host and Producer

John Floridis, the host and producer of Musician's Spotlight, has been with Montana Public Radio since 1997. He has interviewed over 200 musicians during that time from household names like B.B. King, Alison Krauss and Lyle Lovett, to Montana musicians such as Eden Atwood, Darko Butarac and Tom Catmull. He is also an independent recording and performing artist in his own right and a former registered music therapist.

Ways to Connect

The songs on "White Noise," the latest recording from Seattle singer, guitarist and songwriter Noah Gundersen, draw comparisons to Jackson Browne, Neil Young and Iron & Wine. Fellow Seattleite Nancy Wilson of Heart raved, in 2011: “Noah Gundersen is my favorite new singer-songwriter. Music like this will never become dated. His timeless songs are full of true humanity and longing. Just what the soul doctor ordered.”

Bernard Benant

Originally from the reggae capitol of Kingston, Jamaica, composer, singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Clinton Fearon found a new home for his music in 1987 in Seattle - and since 2007, a unique connection with Butte, Montana. Whether it's the songs he wrote in the 1970s with the legendary band The Gladiators, or those written for his present group, The Boogie Brown Band, Clinton says: "Each one is a strong message coming from the heart of a man who dedicates his life to help a better world to come."

Learn more from Fearon on this episode of "Musician's Spotlight."

24-year-old Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven song narratives. He wrapped up a banner 2017, which included his network television debut on "Conan," an invitation to play with Elton John at the Apple Music Festival, an "Austin City Limits" taping and an Americana Music Association nomination for Album of the Year.

David Casey returns to "Musician’s Spotlight," this time with his wife and partner in music, Deidre Casey. The couple met in college in Helena, Montana in 1991, forming Happy Cactus with Colin Meloy of The Decemberists and drummer Mark Schummer. Multi-instrumentalist David has recorded seven other albums, both as part of Watercarvers Guild, and as a solo artist. "Little Fox, Little Bird" is Deidre and David's third recording together.

Josh Wool

For over a decade, Sam Beam has been creating music under the name Iron And Wine. Beam's cinematic songs have charmed listeners through five albums, numerous EPs and singles and the Archive series. Sam stopped by MTPR’s studios in fall 2017, where he recorded acoustic versions of several of his most popular songs and talked with host John Floridis about trusting his own trajectory and "getting lost in your own process and enthusiasms, because that's your only duty, as an artist."