Musicians' Spotlight

Thursday 7:30 -8:00 PM

Today's most talented and compelling musicians visit Musicians' Spotlight to "talk shop" and give you a deeper insight into their music. 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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As part of the Juilliard-trained, multiple award-winning Ahn Trio (with her sisters Lucia, pianist and Maria, cellist), violinist Angella Ahn has been at the forefront of artists keeping the piano trio repertoire alive and thriving. The Ahn Trio is known for its performances of new classical pieces and genre-crossing collaborations with Mark O'Connor, Michael Nyman, Pat Metheny, and Bryan Adams.

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Singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault has taken "the small roads," building his independent career through a relentless international touring schedule and his critically-acclaimed recordings. The New Yorker praises his work as "Stark, literate songs that are as wide-open as the landscape of his native Midwest."

From humble beginnings in Moscow, ID, acclaimed singer-songwriter Josh Ritter recorded and released his self-titled debut in 1999 after graduating from Oberlin College with a self-created “American History Through Narrative Folk Music” major. His albums have been praised for their beautifully spare songwriting, textured imagery and simple lyrics.

John Floridis talks with Ingrid Korvits, the director of Estonia's acclaimed Ellerhein Girls’ Choir. Estonian choral music is a reflection of the country’s centuries-old singing tradition, one that sustained Estonians through the brutality of WWII and the fifty-year Soviet occupation. Even though Estonia overflows with choral music, the Ellerhein choir stands out; they’ve won competitions around the world and have made numerous major-label recordings.

With "Tumbleweed," his third recording in five years, singer/songwriter/guitarist Mike Murray brings a new level of maturity to his bluesy, folk-rock music. Murray, from Kalispell, Montana, credits new fatherhood for the personal lyrics and rich production qualities of this group of songs. 

John Floridis, host of "Musician's Spotlight" holds his second consecutive EB award for Non-Commercial Radio Program of the Year from the Montana Broadcasters Association.
John Floridis

This past weekend, Musicians' Spotlight was selected as the Radio Non-Commercial Program Of The Year by the Montana Broadcaster's Association. James McMurtry was the featured guest on this year's winning episode.

This is the second year in a row that Mspot has taken home this award.

Ben Sollee, who describes himself as "cellist, composer, storyteller," brings a sweet grace and gritty groove to his diverse mix of styles. Appalachian mountain music segues into blues, a Bach cello suite leads to a Paul Simon cover, then to the bluegrass music of Sollee's native Kentucky.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Grace Potter makes her first visit to Musicians’ Spotlight to talk about her debut solo recording, which comes after a decade of touring and recording with The Nocturnals. Known for her magnetic stage presence, soaring vocals and adventurous keyboard solos, Grace’s new album, Midnight, reveals a more personal and reflective side of her music.

Lauded as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin,” Tracy Silverman’s groundbreaking work with the 6-string electric violin defies musical boundaries. Silverman joins John Floridis in the Musicians' Spotlight this week.

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Born in Philipsburg, Montana and holding a master’s degree in Appalachian studies, instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Coty Hogue immersed herself in old music, studying with Ginny Hawker, before starting to write and record a few of her own songs alongside favorite traditional gems.