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

John Butler

May 13, 2014

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.

Le Vent du Nord

May 6, 2014

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.

Eric Funk

Apr 29, 2014

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.

Ryan Bundy

Apr 21, 2014
Ryan Bundy

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."

Chris Botti

Apr 14, 2014

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.

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.

 

Robben Ford

Mar 30, 2014

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.

Cyril Neville

Mar 25, 2014

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.

The Hooligans

Mar 18, 2014

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.

Tom Catmull

Mar 10, 2014

3/11/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" 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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