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
1:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Liam Ó Maonlaí

5/20/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:"  U2's Bono calls Hothouse Flowers singer Liam Ó Maonlaí "the best white soul singer in the world." As the rock and soul group approaches its fourth decade of trailblazing, Ó Maonlaí’s grounding in Irish language and traditional Irish music allows him to move with ease between the worlds of pop and traditional music.

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Musician's Spotlight
1:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

John Butler

5/13/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" On the heels of the release of "Flesh and Blood," John Butler returns to "Musician's Spotlight," updating listeners on the state of his "garden,” a metaphor for balancing time with family and friends, his responsibilities as a business owner, and his passion for music.

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Musician's Spotlight
1:00 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Le Vent du Nord

5/6/14: This week on "Musicians' Spotlight:" 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.

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Musician's Spotlight
1:00 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Eric Funk

4/29/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" 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.

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Musician's Spotlight
8:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Ryan Bundy

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4/22/14: Musician's Spotlight, January 21st & April 22nd, 2014:Missoula recording artist Ryan Bundy returns to the show with his most adventurous project to date: Crow’s Share. Folk instruments, electronic effects and subtle noises combine with Bundy's dark, husky voice in these ballads of lost love, restlessness and "left over morsels of childhood optimism."

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Musician's Spotlight
8:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Chris Botti

4/15/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" Grammy award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti tells John Floridis about the intensity of his jazz training, and how it led to his collaborations with a diverse roster of musicians, including Paul Simon, Andrea Bocelli, Sting, Steven Tyler, Gladys Night and Yo-Yo Ma.

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Public Radio Week Special
10:55 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Montana Musicians Join John Floridis, Live

Jessie of The Lil' Smokies.

4/8/14: Join host John Floridis as he welcomes a flock of Montana musicians into the studio this afternoon from 1:00-2:00pm for a special Public Radio Week edition of "Musicians' Spotlight." Luke Dowler, Kristi Neumann and The Lil' Trio (members of the Lil' Smokies, with John Dunnigan) will perform, with help on-mic from Jenn Adams and Tom Catmull. Call 243-6400 or (800) 325-1656 or pledge online at mtpr.org.

 

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Musician's Spotlight
8:00 am
Sun March 30, 2014

Robben Ford

4/1/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:"  Blues and jazz singer, songwriter- interpreter-guitarist extraordinaire, Robben Ford, makes his first appearance on Musician's Spotlight. Robben reflects on the choices he's made during his thirty-plus year career and how they have led to the acclaim and respect he enjoys today.

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Musician's Spotlight
10:19 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Cyril Neville

3/25/14: 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
1:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

The Hooligans

3/18/14: 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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