Musicians' Spotlight

Thursday 7:30 -8:00 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.

Shelby Lynne

Sep 9, 2014

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)

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.

"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)

Sean Watkins

Aug 26, 2014

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)

Le Vent Du Nord

Aug 12, 2014

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)

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.

Eric Funk

Jul 29, 2014

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)

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)

Chris Botti

Jul 15, 2014

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. 

Clip Of The Week: Like Asking For A Date

Jul 10, 2014
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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