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.

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.

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

2/10/2014 - Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word.  But he was a music lover too and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians.  Hosted Terrance McKnight, WQXR host and former Morehouse professor of music, I Too, Sing America will dive into the songs, cantatas, musicals, and librettos that flowed from Hughes' pen.  As he did with his poetry, Hughes used m

Monday, February 3rd, 2014, 7:30-8:30pm: In honor of Valentine's Day, host Allen Secher plays a selection of standards about majestic places, big red hearts, romance, giddyness, fantasy, and powerful memories.

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

1/27/2014 - David Sam hosts our Monday Special – Indigenous Expression. Indigenous music and words from around the world. Expressions from where we’ve been to where we’re going.