John Floridis

6/3/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" "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.

Spencer Myer

May 27, 2014

2/18/14 and 5/27/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:"  Gold Medalist of the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Spencer Myer is garnering audience and critical acclaim from around the world. His stellar playing is rapidly establishing him as a leading concert pianist of his generation.

Liam Ó Maonlaí

May 20, 2014

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.

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."

4/20/14: This week on "Front Row Center:" John Floridis talks with Grammy award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti.  The Great Falls Symphony Association presents Chris Botti, backed by Botti's nine-piece jazz ensemble, on Friday, May 2nd, 2014, 7:30pm, at the Mansfield Theater in Great Falls.

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.

Mike Dawes

Feb 28, 2014
Az Samad

3/4/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" English guitarist Mike Dawes took a look at Gotye’s hit song, "Somebody That I Used To Know,” and turned it into a finger-style guitar masterpiece. Two million YouTube hits later, the world is finding out more about this disciple of the two-handed, fret-tapping, percussive style of acoustic guitar.

Little Hurricane

Feb 25, 2014
Dan Chusid - San Diego Troubadour

2/25/14: This week on "Musician's Spotlight:" Girls can't play drums? Soft spoken Californians can't sing the blues? Think again. Front man Anthony "Tone" Catalano and drummer Celeste "C.C." Spina found each other on Craigslist and formed the "dirty blues" band Little Hurricane. Within a year they’ve found a home at major festivals and on nationwide tours.

Spencer Myer

Feb 18, 2014

"Musician's Spotlight," February 18, 2014: Gold Medalist of the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Spencer Myer is garnering audience and critical acclaim from around the world. His stellar playing is rapidly establishing him as one of the outstanding pianists of his generation.

Pat Metheny, Part Two

Feb 7, 2014
Katz

November 19, 2013 and February 11, 2014 - Grammy Award-winning guitarist and composer Pat Metheny describes the importance of "story telling" in composition, even when it comes to  instrumental improvisations. Part Two of a special two-part program.

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Pat Metheny, Part One

Jan 31, 2014

November 12, 2013 and February 4, 2014 - Winner of 20 Grammy awards and one of the most acclaimed musicians of his generation, guitarist and composer Pat Metheny makes his first appearance on Musician's Spotlight. Part One of a special two-part program.

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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.

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. 

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

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