Musicians' Spotlight

Tuesday 1:30 PM -2:00 PM

Today's most talented and compelling musicians visit Musicians' Spotlight to "talk shop" and play a bit. Host and producer John Floridis brings his own musical expertise  along with over a decade and a half of experience conducting interviews.

Guests on the show have included legendary musicians like B.B King; Alison Krauss; Lyle Lovett; Wilco; Brandi Carlile; Daryl Jones of the Rolling Stones; The Cowboy Junkies; Richard Thompson; Mary Chapin Carpenter; Bruce Cockburn; Shawn Colvin; and Chris Hillman of the Byrds; along with talented Montana artists like Jeni Flemming, Tom Catmull, Martha Scanlan, John Dunnigan, Jenn Adams, Jack Gladstone and Eden Atwood.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Sean Watkins

Nickel Creek singer and guitarist Sean Watkins stopped by the MTPR studios during the group's 2014 Montana tour to play some tunes live and talk shop with host John Floridis. Sean describes both the new Nickel Creek album and his own new solo release.

(Broadcast: Musicians' Spotlight, 8/26/14)

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Le Vent Du Nord

Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a cosmopolitan breath of fresh air. Accordion, foot-tapping, hurdy gurdy and jaw harp characterize the sound of this engaging French-Canadian band.

(Broadcast: Musicians' Spotlight, 5/6/14 & 8/12/14)

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

The Best Westerns

They're a group of Missoula guys who started a country and western band primarily so they could sing while wearing cowboy hats. In their songs, The Best Westerns "walk the line" between their appreciation for Western mythology, and their slice-of-life portrayals of modern life.

(Broadcast: Musicians' Spotlight, 8/5/14)

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Eric Funk

Bozeman composer and jazz pianist Eric Funk’s work has been featured on the syndicated public radio programs Morning Edition and Performance Today. Funk also hosts the Montana PBS television series, 11th and Grant.

(Broadcast: Musicians' Spotlight, 4/29/14 & 7/29/14)

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Carolina Chocolate Drops

The Carolina Chocolate Drops

For the past decade, the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops have been highlighting the African-American place in American stringband music. Singer Rhiannon Giddens and multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins reflect on the band’s ascending career and how it fits into the history of the genre.

(Broadcast: Musicians' Spotlight, 7/22/14)

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Chris Botti

4/15/14 and 7/15/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" Grammy award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti tells John Floridis about his intensive jazz training, and how it led him to collaborations with Paul Simon, Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Steven Tyler, Gladys Night and Yo-Yo Ma, among others. 

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Clip of the Week
7:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Clip Of The Week: Like Asking For A Date

Hilary Hahn
Credit IMG Artists

Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn  commissioned 26 composers from around the world to write short-form works, suitable for use by violinists as performance encores for her latest recording "In 27 Pieces".

In our Clip Of The Week, Hilary tells John Floridis that cold-calling composers was like asking for a date.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Cyril Neville

3/25/14 and 7/8/14: 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.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Hilary Hahn

Hilary Hahn
Credit IMG Artists

7/1/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn discusses her most recent recording, "In 27 Pieces," which is the culmination of a multi-year project.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

The Hooligans

3/18/14 & 6/24/14: 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.

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