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.

Ways To Connect

Liam Ó Maonlaí

Jan 24, 2014

"Musician's Spotlight," January 28th, 2014: 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.

The Shook Twins

Jan 10, 2014

January 14th, 2014: The Shook Twins, Laurie and Katelyn, bring their self-branded "quirky folk" to Musician's Spotlight. The identical twins honed their craft in Sandpoint, ID and have become favorites at festivals, clubs and concert halls since they relocated to Portland, OR, where their "quirkiness" has been welcomed with open arms. http://www.musiciansspotlight.org

Robben Ford

Jan 3, 2014

Musician's Spotlight, January 7th, 2014: 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.

Bill Payne

Dec 27, 2013
Sangki Kwon

"Musician's Spotlight," 12/31/13: Bill Payne

One of the founding members of the legendary rock band Little Feat, keyboardist Bill Payne visits with John backstage before a performance at the Top Hat Lounge in Missoula, describing his connection to Montana and how he came to call it home.  Payne also discusses the creative thread that connects his music, his photography and his writing.  http://www.musiciansspotlight.org

Winter Holiday Special

Dec 16, 2013

12/24/13 - John Floridis hosts a holiday retrospective edition of "Musician's Spotlight," featuring music by artists who have appeared on the show during the past ten-and-a-half years. 

Karan Casey & John Doyle

Dec 13, 2013
Compass Records

"Musician's Spotlight," Tuesday, September 24th, 2013: Two of the most respected names in Irish acoustic music, guitarist John Doyle and vocalist Karan Casey,  sat down with host John Floridis at the 2013 Montana Folk Festival in Butte for a "kitchen concert" and chat.

The Wailin' Jennys

Dec 12, 2013
The Wailin' Jennys

Musician's Spotlight, Tuesday, December 10th: Prairie Home Companion favorites, Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse - a.k.a. The Wailin' Jennys - return to "Musician's Spotlight," hosted by John Floridis. http://www.musiciansspotlight.org

Nathalie Pires

Nov 27, 2013

Musician's Spotlight, September 3rd and November 26th, 2013: Nathalie Pires

Her father named her after a Julio Iglesias song, but it was the mysterious sounds of Fado music, from her family's homeland of Portugal, that captivated young Jersey girl  Nathalie Pires and inspired her musical career, bringing Fado's soaring melodies and dramatic stories to audiences across the globe.

Tom Catmull

Nov 22, 2013

December 3rd, 2013: Popular Missoula singer-songwriter Tom Catmull returns to Musician's Spotlight to discuss his most recent solo recording, "Words and Malady." Joe Nickell wrote in 2006 for The Missoulian: "Tom Catmull straddles genres like a bow-legged cowboy on a mountain bike.

Luke Dowler

Oct 25, 2013

August 20th and October 29th, 2013: "I always write each song as if were my last,” says Kalispell songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Luke Dowler, whose soulful delivery and raw honesty are are exemplified by the "8 in 8" project, for which Luke wrote, recorded and released eight videos of eight new songs in eight weeks.

Ivan and Alyosha

Oct 18, 2013

July 23rd and October 22nd, 2013:  Seattle based folk-pop, indie-rock band Ivan and Alyosha derive their band name from Dostoyevsky, but their music is accessible as American pie. Their adventurous playing and writing aims for the highest common denominator. http://www.musiciansspotlight.org

The Shook Twins

Oct 12, 2013

10/15/13: The Shook Twins, Laurie and Katelyn, bring their self-branded "quirky folk" to Musician's Spotlight. The identical twins honed their craft in Sandpoint, ID and have become favorites at festivals, clubs and concert halls since they relocated to Portland, OR, where their "quirkiness" has been welcomed with open arms. http://www.musiciansspotlight.org

Josh Harty

Oct 7, 2013

7/16/13 and 10/8/13: The son of a North Dakota preacher/police chief, Josh Harty's storytelling and musicianship have become a must-hear for those who keep American country, blues and folk music close to their hearts. http://www.musiciansspotlight.org

Bill Payne

Sep 27, 2013
Sangki Kwon

"Musician's Spotlight," 10/1/13: Bill Payne

One of the founding members of the legendary rock band Little Feat, keyboardist Bill Payne visits with John backstage before a performance at the Top Hat Lounge in Missoula.  Payne discusses the creative thread that runs between his music, his photography and his writing as well as his connection to Montana and how he came to call it home. http://www.musiciansspotlight.org

Karan Casey & John Doyle

Sep 20, 2013
Compass Records

"Musician's Spotlight," Tuesday, September 24th, 2013: Two of the most respected names in Irish acoustic music, guitarist John Doyle and vocalist Karan Casey,  sat down with host John Floridis at the 2013 Montana Folk Festival in Butte for a "kitchen concert" and chat.

Nikki Hill

Sep 13, 2013
Nikki Hill

7/9/13 and 9/17/13 - With a mix of vintage soul, blues and R&B, singer Nikki Hill reminds us why we love rock 'n roll. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Nikki's hot and funky guitar band is building a name for itself across the U.S. and Europe. www.musiciansspotlight.org

The Wailin' Jennys

Sep 6, 2013
The Wailin' Jennys

Musician's Spotlight, Tuesday, September 10th: Prairie Home Companion favorites, Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse - a.k.a. The Wailin' Jennys - return to "Musician's Spotlight," hosted by John Floridis. http://www.musiciansspotlight.org

Nathalie Pires

Sep 4, 2013

Musician's Spotlight, September 3rd, 2013: Nathalie Pires

Her father named her after a Julio Iglesias song, but it was the mysterious sounds of Fado music, from her family's homeland of Portugal, that captivated young "Jersey girl" Nathalie Pires and inspired her musical career, bringing Fado's soaring melodies and dramatic stories to audiences across the globe.

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