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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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Ellis Marsalis, Jr. is regarded by many as New Orleans’s premier modern jazz pianist. He’s been performing professionally for over fifty years, recording almost twenty albums of his own and guesting on many others, but primarily, Marsalis has focused on education, teaching at the University of New Orleans, Xavier University in Louisiana, and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.

Luke Dowler writes songs that blend indie rock, pop and soul into a hard-to-pigeonhole style. Onstage solo, he live-loops and tells stories. With the group The Savage Gentlemen, Luke indulges his love of punk rock and blues. Following his debut solo recording in 2012, he's back for his second visit to "Musician’s Spotlight" with John Floridis.

Rose Osborne

Combine potent song lyrics, soulful vocals and piercing guitar work and you've got the sound of New Orleans’s musical treasure, Anders Osborne, whom Guitar Player Magazine has called “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” Join host John Floridis for a conversation with Osborne about keeping a long musical career fresh and in synch with the musician’s own process of maturation.

Over forty years ago, as part of the David Grisman Quintet, multi-instrumentalist Darol Anger became a young founding father of "Dawg Grass," an influential melding of bluegrass, newgrass, classical and jazz. He has continued breaking musical ground ever since, with the Turtle Island String Quartet, Montreux, Fiddlers Four, Psychograss, the Republic of Strings, Mike Marshall,  Barbara Higbie, Scott Nygaard, Phil Aaberg and many others. He's a professor at the Berklee College of Music and an instructor at fiddle camps around the world.

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.”

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