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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Grizzly Marching Band
2:41 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

It Takes A Lot Of Grit To Be A Griz

Photo courtesy of UM Marching Band
Credit Photo courtesy of UM Marching Band

From the sweltering heat of August through the freezing winds of November, they run drills, memorize movements and grow tight as a team.

They can also lay down an awesome beat.

Listen to find out just how much grit it takes to be a Griz.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue October 14, 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.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Birds Of Chicago

"Rock & Roll in the old sense of the word: blues, country, gospel and folk...sun-lit, dappled in shadows....poetry you can dance to and poetry you can play really loud." Birds of Chicago founders Alison Russell and JT Nero (along with their 9-month-old  daughter, Ida) visit host John Floridis on the next Musician's Spotlight.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

John Oates

John Oates has enjoyed a rich musical career, both as a duo with Daryl Hall and as a solo artist. A member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, John keeps his ears and mind open to every musical and life experience.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Hilary Hahn

Hilary Hahn
Credit IMG Artists

Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn discusses her most recent recording, "In 27 Pieces," which is the culmination of a multi-year project. Hahn commissioned 26 composers from around the world to write short-form works, suitable for use by violinists as performance encores.

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Musician's Spotlight
4:20 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Trevor Rogers

The Clumsy Lovers’ songwriter and lead vocalist Trevor Rogers visited host John Floridis to discuss his recent solo recording, Are You Happy Now? Rogers talked about balancing recording and touring with his  full-time gig as a father and husband, as well as the impact on his songwriting from the years he spent living in Missoula.

(Broadcast: Musicians' Spotlight,  9/16/14)

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Musician's Spotlight
10:28 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Shelby Lynne

John Floridis talks with Grammy and CMA Award-winner Shelby Lynne about her personal and frequently biographical songs. Her fan base spans a wide range of musical audiences, a testament to her broad appeal. The interview was recorded in Bigfork, Montana as part of the Crown of The Continent Guitar Festival.

(Broadcast: Musicians' Spotlight, 9/9/14)

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Composing Music In The Forest
12:01 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Music Starts In The Forest For This Montana Composer

Eric Funk, composer, jazz musician, and host of "11th and Grant" on MontanaPBS.

In our clip of the week, Eric Funk, a Bozeman composer, jazz musician and host of the MontanaPBS television series, "11th and Grant" talks about his creative process.

Eric says most of his compositions start not in front of a piano, but off the beaten path in the solitude of Montana's forests.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue September 2, 2014

The Infamous Stringdusters

"Dismiss labels. Forget trying to fit into a scene. Be true and play your songs." It’s an accurate self-description by the Grammy-nominated bluegrass expansionists, The Infamous Stringdusters. Comfortable as they are in their own collective skin, the title of the group's new album, "Let It Go," works equally well as their slogan.

(Broadcast: Musician's Spotlight, 6/3/14 &  9/2/14)

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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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