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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Little Feat co-founder
8:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Bill Payne

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"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

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Musician's Spotlight
11:24 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Winter Holiday Special

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. 

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Masters of Irish Rhythm 'n Tears
8:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Karan Casey & John Doyle

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"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.

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Musician's Spotlight
8:54 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

The Wailin' Jennys

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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

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Fado Runs Through Her Veins
8:36 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Nathalie Pires

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.

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Musician's Spotlight
8:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Tom Catmull

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.

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Eight Videos of Eight Songs in Eight Weeks
8:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Luke Dowler

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.

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Musician's Spotlight
8:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Ivan and Alyosha

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

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Identical Folkies, Twin Quirkiness
11:19 am
Sat October 12, 2013

The Shook Twins

Laurie and Katelyn Shook

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

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Son of a Preacherman
8:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Josh Harty

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

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