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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.

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John Floridis hosts Part Two of a 25th anniversary celebration of Musicians' Spotlight with musical highlights and interview segments from some of the most engaging guests in the program's history. Featured artists include Galactic, Cathie Ryan, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Vienna Teng, The Emerson String Quartet, Camila Meza, Leftover Salmon, Andre Floyd, John Gorka, Bill Payne, Azar Lawrence, Martha Scanlan, Jeni Fleming, Sonny Landreth, and sneak previews of upcoming shows with Ben Harper and Clinton Fearon.

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 recently wrapped up a banner year, 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.

It’s been thirty years since the release of “The Trinity Sessions,” and a little less time since Canadian alternative country/blues/folk rock legends The Cowboy Junkies first visited with “Musician’s Spotlight” host, John Floridis. For over three decades, siblings Michael, Margo and Peter Timmins, along with Alan Anton and Jeff Bird have toured their quiet, spare songs around the globe, releasing early albums on major labels, but more recently on their own Latent Recordings.

Violinist, composer and singer songwriter Gaelynn Lea produces 21st century music in a style rooted in classical, Celtic and traditional folk. The 2016 winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Contest is also a disability rights advocate and an in-demand speaker, particularly concerning osteogenesis imperfecta ("brittle bone disease"), a condition that she’s had all her life.

Lea is the guest on this episode of "Musician's Spotlight"

Missoula recording artist Andrea Harsell returns to the program to discuss her most recent album, “Something For The Pain,” and the ways she’s carved out a unique niche in the Montana music scene.

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