3/25/14: This week on "Musicians' Spotlight:" The youngest of the Neville brothers and a member of the influential group The Meters, percussionist and singer Cyril Neville makes his first visit to Musician's Spotlight.
Cyril Neville talks with John Floridis about his family and his long and storied music career.
3/18/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" Longtime Montana favorites, The Hooligans, waited for over twenty years to release their first recording, "Beggars and Thieves.” Along the way, they picked up an album producer and 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.
3/11/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" Missoula singer-songwriter Tom Catmull returns to Musician's Spotlight to discuss his most recent solo recording, "Words and Malady." Joe Nickell wrote in 2006 for The Missoulian: "Tom Catmull straddles genres like a bow-legged cowboy on a mountain bike.
3/4/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" English guitarist Mike Dawes took a look at Gotye’s hit song, "Somebody That I Used To Know,” and turned it into a finger-style guitar masterpiece. Two million YouTube hits later, the world is finding out more about this disciple of the two-handed, fret-tapping, percussive style of acoustic guitar.
2/25/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" Girls can't play drums? Soft spoken Californians can't sing the blues? Think again. Front man Anthony "Tone" Catalano and drummer Celeste "C.C." Spina found each other on Craigslist and formed the "dirty blues" band Little Hurricane. Within a year they’ve found a home at major festivals and on nationwide tours.
"Musician's Spotlight," February 18, 2014: Gold Medalist of the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Spencer Myer is garnering audience and critical acclaim from around the world. His stellar playing is rapidly establishing him as one of the outstanding pianists of his generation.
November 19, 2013 and February 11, 2014 - Grammy Award-winning guitarist and composer Pat Metheny describes the importance of "story telling" in composition, even when it comes to instrumental improvisations. Part Two of a special two-part program.
November 12, 2013 and February 4, 2014 - Winner of 20 Grammy awards and one of the most acclaimed musicians of his generation, guitarist and composer Pat Metheny makes his first appearance on Musician's Spotlight. Part One of a special two-part program.
"Musician's Spotlight," January 28th, 2014: U2's Bono calls Hothouse Flowers singer Liam Ó Maonlaí "the best white soul singer in the world." As the rock and soul group approaches its fourth decade of trailblazing, Ó Maonlaí’s grounding in Irish language and traditional Irish music allows him to move with ease between the worlds of pop and traditional music.
4/22/14: Musician's Spotlight, January 21st & April 22nd, 2014:Missoula recording artist Ryan Bundy returns to the show with his most adventurous project to date: Crow’s Share. Folk instruments, electronic effects and subtle noises combine with Bundy's dark, husky voice in these ballads of lost love, restlessness and "left over morsels of childhood optimism."
Musician's Spotlight, January 7th, 2014: Blues and jazz singer, songwriter- interpreter-guitarist extraordinaire,Robben Ford, makes his first appearance on Musician's Spotlight. Robben reflects on the choices he's made during his thirty-plus year career and how they have led to the acclaim and respect he enjoys today.
One of the founding members of the legendary rock band Little Feat, keyboardist Bill Payne visits with John backstage before a performance at the Top Hat Lounge in Missoula, describing his connection to Montana and how he came to call it home. Payne also discusses the creative thread that connects his music, his photography and his writing. http://www.musiciansspotlight.org
Her father named her after a Julio Iglesias song, but it was the mysterious sounds of Fado music, from her family's homeland of Portugal, that captivated young "Jersey girl" Nathalie Pires and inspired her musical career, bringing Fado's soaring melodies and dramatic stories to audiences across the globe.
August 20th and October 29th, 2013: "I always write each song as if were my last,” says Kalispell songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Luke Dowler, whose soulful delivery and raw honesty are are exemplified by the "8 in 8" project, for which Luke wrote, recorded and released eight videos of eight new songs in eight weeks.
July 23rd and October 22nd, 2013: Seattle based folk-pop, indie-rock band Ivan and Alyosha derive their band name from Dostoyevsky, but their music is accessible as American pie. Their adventurous playing and writing aims for the highest common denominator. http://www.musiciansspotlight.org
January 14th, 2014: The Shook Twins, Laurie and Katelyn, bring their self-branded "quirky folk" to Musician's Spotlight. The identical twins honed their craft in Sandpoint, ID and have become favorites at festivals, clubs and concert halls since they relocated to Portland, OR, where their "quirkiness" has been welcomed with open arms. http://www.musiciansspotlight.org
7/16/13 and 10/8/13: The son of a North Dakota preacher/police chief, Josh Harty's storytelling and musicianship have become a must-hear for those who keep American country, blues and folk music close to their hearts. http://www.musiciansspotlight.org
7/9/13 and 9/17/13 - With a mix of vintage soul, blues and R&B, singer Nikki Hill reminds us why we love rock 'n roll. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Nikki's hot and funky guitar band is building a name for itself across the U.S. and Europe. www.musiciansspotlight.org
Audio File"Musician's Spotlight," May 7th and July 30th, 2013 Multiple Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin returns to Musician's Spotlight to discuss her three decade long performing and recording career as well as her recent venture into writing her memoir "Diamond in the Rough."Edit | Remove