MTPR

Music Special

Monday 8:00 PM -9:00 PM

Montana Public Radio airs a one-hour music special or music documentary program each week from local and national producers.

2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the quintessential Irish-American band, Solas. That year was also marked by the release of the recording, “All These Years,” which features combinations of all the musicians who have been a part of the group over the last two decades.

All Mixed Up With Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 14, 2016
"A Shortcut Back to Washington 1963" Monday January 18, 8:00 p.m. on MTPR.
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Join Martin Luther King Jr on "A Shortcut Back to Washington 1963" with the voices, sounds and music that were popular as activists marched on Washington, including Mahalia Jackson, "Little" Stevie Wonder, the Rooftop Singers, JFK, Walter Cronkite, the Four Seasons, Peter, Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger and 4th Grade Students from the Hudson Valley.

Tune in Monday January 18 at 8:00 p.m. on your radio or online.

Considered by many to be the world's foremost steel guitarist, he not only played, but perfected the instrument, designing the Emmons Guitar. His musical versatility spanned genres such as country, swing, jazz, folk, and country-rock, and he performed or recorded with a wide variety of vocalists and musicians including Ernest Tubb, John Hartford, Ray Price, Judy Collins, and George Strait.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' landmark album "Rubber Soul", producer Paul Ingles presents another in his acclaimed series of specials on Beatles' history. Over a dozen musicians, music writers and Beatles fans comment on the significance of this 1965 release by the band.

Listen online or on your radio, Monday, Nov. 30 at 8:00 p.m. on MTPR

Tune in to "Giving Thanks" a contemporary celebration of the spirit of Gratitude. Thursday November 26, at 7:00 p.m.
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Whether you're in the kitchen, on the road to a family gathering, or relaxing after the feast, "Giving Thanks" provides the perfect atmosphere for Thanksgiving: the warmth of great music, and truly memorable words. Tune in at 7:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving, online or on your radio.

Jack Bruce was originally trained as a cellist, but he went on to have a successful career as  a member of “Cream” and as a leader and sideman on numerous rock and jazz recordings.  Chris Squire had no formal musical education but he was one of the founders of “Yes.”   The two them helped to define the bass as a rock ‘n’ roll instrument.  Join Tom Engelmann as he salutes these two aces of bass in another edition of 'Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music.

Famed blues guitarist B.B. King in a 2009 performance
Tom Beetz

In June 2004, John Floridis and "Musicians' Spotlight" co-host Brian Kopper had the opportunity to talk shop with B.B. King on his tour bus.

As part of Missoula's 2014 Big Read project, two music scholars, Doug Bradley and Hugo Keesing, share their insights with "Folk Show" host John Myers on what American popular and folk music of the 1960s and 1970s can tell us about the Vietnam War.

This month on You Must Remember This, 7:30-8:30pm: host Allen Secher is not sitting on his laurels; he's going places. "Let's Get Away From It All," "Kalamazoo," "San Francisco," "Chicago," and "New York, New York" are just the start of this road trip.

You Must Remember This is hosted by Allen Secher and airs the first Monday of each month as a Monday Music Special, 7:30 - 8:30pm.

(Broadcast: "Monday Music Special," 10/6/14)

William P. Gottlieb. William P. Gottlieb Collection (Library of Congress)

This month on You Must Remember This, 7:30-8:30pm: through songs and interviews with the young Frank Sinatra, host Allen Secher reminds us of the phenomenon of the 1930s and 1940s known as Sinatramania. "Would you believe that in 1940, Frank Sinatra was as big as the Beatles or Elvis in their time, or any rock star you can name today?" Or as the New York Herald Tribune put it: "It is a slightly disturbing spectacle to witness the almost synchronized screams that come from the audience as he closes his eyes, or moves his body slightly sideways."

For the last thirty years, recording engineer and production coordinator Toby Scott has been recording and archiving Bruce Springsteen's concert and studio sessions, lending his skills to nearly every Springsteen project since Darkness On the Edge of Town.

The July edition of "Indigenous Expression" features music by  Jimi Hendrix, John Trudell, Jim Boyd, Tom Morello, Los Lonely Boys, Richie Havens, Vincent Craig, Northern Cree, and more.

Join host David Sam for "Indigenous Expression" Monday at 7:30pm, once a month, for indigenous music and words from around the world.

7/7/14: This month on You Must Remember This, 7:30-8:30pm: host Allen Secher features singer Michael Feinstein's renditions of Gershwin songs, with introductions by Feinstein. In addition, you'll hear archival music and conversation from George and Ira Gershwin, Tony Thomas and Oscar Levant.

"You Must Remember This" airs the first Monday of each month as a Monday Music Special.

During a short but brilliant career Laura Nyro wrote many of the songs that have been played and recorded by pop artists during the last forty years.  Join Tom Engelmann for another edition of “Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music” as he plays the songs of Laura Nyro  performed by The Fifth Dimension, Three Dog Night, Barbara Streisand, Blood Sweat and Tears and others.  It also features Laura singing with jazz group The Manhattan Transfer and on her last live recording from 1989.

During a short but brilliant career Laura Nyro wrote many of the songs that have been played and recorded by pop artists during the last forty years.  Join Tom Engelmann for another edition of “Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music” as he plays the songs of Laura Nyro  performed by The Fifth Dimension, Three Dog Night, Barbara Streisand, Blood Sweat and Tears and others.  It also features Laura singing with jazz group The Manhattan Transfer and on her last live recording from 1989.

During a short but brilliant career Laura Nyro wrote many of the songs that have been played and recorded by pop artists during the last forty years.  Join Tom Engelmann for another edition of “Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music” as he plays the songs of Laura Nyro  performed by The Fifth Dimension, Three Dog Night, Barbara Streisand, Blood Sweat and Tears and others.  It also features Laura singing with jazz group The Manhattan Transfer and on her last live recording from 1989.

6/2/14: This month on "You Must Remember This," 7:30-8:30pm:  host Allen Secher re-visits favorite standards, and favorite vocal pairings. A few of the artists: Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole;  Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong; Eydie Gormé and Steve Lawrence; Keely Smith and Louis Prima; Cleo Laine and Mel Tormé; Tony Bennett and k.d. lang; Tony and Celine Dion;  Tony and Bono...

"You Must Remember This" airs the first Monday of each month as a Monday Music Special.

Monumental Disagreements

May 19, 2014

05/26/2014 - This is a country awash in monuments. They adorn traffic circles, street corners and, of course, the National Mall. In this special Memorial Day episode of BackStory, the American History Guys explore the idea of national remembrance. What or whom have Americans chosen to memorialize? And what do these choices say about us?

http://www.prx.org/pieces/97429-monumental-disagreements-rebroadcast

5/19/14: The May edition of "Indigenous Expressions" features music by  Shadowyze; Floyd Westerman; Buffy Sainte-Marie; Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite; Jeff Healey Band; Garland Jeffreys; Mark Farner with Grand Funk; Derek Miller with Double Trouble; and more.

Join host David Sam for "Indigenous Expressions" Monday at 7:30pm, once a month, for indigenous music and words from around the world.

Hulton Archive

5/5/14, 7:30-8:30pm: This month on "You Must Remember This," host Allen Secher profiles the career of singer, Anita O'Day.

"You Must Remember This" airs the first Monday of each month as a Monday Music Special.

Unsung Heroes: Cowboy Jack Clement

Apr 28, 2014

4/28/14: This week's Monday Music Special, 7:30 - 8:30pm, is another program in Tom Engelmann's series, "Unsung Heroes."

During a career that lasted over sixty years, Cowboy Jack Clement worked as a musician, recording engineer, producer, arranger and composer. Clement was associated with nearly a thousand recordings for George Jones, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings and numerous others.

A true “Unsung Hero,” Clement was a Nashville legend. Join Tom Engelmann as he salutes Cowboy Jack, another influential but overlooked master of modern music.

4/21/14: The April edition of "Indigenous Expressions" features music by Rodriguez; Carlos Santana; The Neville Brothers with Buffy Sainte-Marie; Lila Downs; Richie Havens; The  Chambers Brothers; Tha Tribe, and more.

Join host David Sam for "Indigenous Expressions" Monday at 7:30pm, once a month, for indigenous music and words from around the world.

04/14/2014 - This one hour On The Strip Radio Special produced by Ben Manilla takes listeners through a history of this enduring art form from its beginnings up to today.   Through an engaging narrative, host Dianne Nicolini of KFDC and renowned conductor Robert Ziegler tell the story of classical music from Gregorian chants to today's minimalism, highlighting innovations and developments and profiling the lives and works of groundbreaking composers.

4/7/14: This week on the Monday Music Special, 7:30 - 9:00pm:  Allen Secher joins us live in the phone room for a special hour-and-a-half-long Public Radio Week edition of "You Must Remember This." Along with his umbrella, Allen's bringing some standards that discuss the weather. Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lorenzo Fuller and other crooners predict rain, lovely weather, and spring hang-ups. Secher's forecast: steady showers of financial support from listeners.

Songwriters Summit

Mar 24, 2014

03/31/2014 - Guy Clark, Joe Ely, John Hiatt, and Lyle Lovett are four singer-songwriters who straddle folk and country music.  On this program, they share some of their favorite new songs and old standards, slipping in a few tributes to the city of Los Angeles, home to the Disney Concert Hall.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/17663-songwriter-s-summit-with-lyle-lovett

03/24/14 - Enjoy music from Shape Shifter, Carlos Santana's CD dedicated to North American Indian Nations, music from Sugar Man as well as Wayquay, the Neville Brothers, Richie Havens, The Chamber Brothers, Tha Tribe, and many others.

The Chieftains

Mar 12, 2014

03/17/2014 - An encore one-hour music documentary salutes The Chieftains, Ireland's musical ambassadors to the world.  You'll hear music they've recorded throughout their storied career, interviews wiht the band, comments and tributes from Celtic music historians and special guest artists who have joined them over the years - including Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, and Don Meade.  Hosted by acclaimed Celtic singer/songwriter Susan McKeown.

3/3/14, 7:30-8:30pm: Host Allen Secher pays tribute to musician, songwriter and activist, Pete Seeger, who died in January 2014 at the age of 94.

"You Must Remember This" airs the first Monday of each month as a Monday Music Special.

02/24/2014 - During this Monday Music Special, David Sam plays compositions and covers by Peter LaFarge, Joy Harjo, Blackfire, HAPA— from Hawaii — Jesse Ed Davis, and many more American Indian and Alaska Native musicians. He also plays tracks from a Salish Culture Committee CD that includes historical information about the indigenous people of western Montana and a poem by Jennifer Finley.

 

Clare Fischer

Feb 7, 2014

2/17/2014 - Host Tom Engelmann returns with another episode of "Unsung Heroes: Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music," celebrating the career of the versatile Clare Fischer.  Fischer was a keyboardist, composer, arranger and bandleader.  During a career spanning six decades, he worked with jazz artists like Donald Byrd and George Benson and also with pop artists Prince, Robert Palmer, and Chaka Kahn.  Clare Fischer was particularly influential to the career of jazz great Herbie Hancock who once commented "I wouldn't be me without Clare Fischer."  He is the composer of jazz stan

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