music

Mudslide Charley Plays The Blues

Apr 8, 2015

Missoula, Montana's enduring purveyors of blues, Mudslide Charley, make a return visit to “Musicians’ Spotlight.”

Charlie Parr, Country Blues Guitar Picker

Apr 2, 2015
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In this feature from the March 31 edition of "Get To That," MTPR program host April Hale speaks with guitarist, songwriter and singer Charlie Parr about his beginnings in music, his performance philosophy, and his life as a traveling musician - including cooking food on a car engine manifold.

Carbon Leaf: Alt-Country And Celtic Folk

Mar 12, 2015

Virginia alt-country and Celtic folk is on tap when Barry Privett of the group Carbon Leaf visits with John Floridis on Musician's Spotlight.

Michael Marsolek talks with Dean Peterson, Director of the Missoula Mendelssohn Club, and John Patterson, a tenor with the group for the past 31 years. Sunday, March 15 marks the group's seventieth annual spring concert, at 7:00 p.m.

Jake Shimabukuro

Mar 5, 2015

After his YouTube performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral, ukulele virtuoso and composer Jake Shimabukuro’s career skyrocketed. Several recordings later, he has toured his “Uke Nations” show internationally, and continues to combine elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk and flamenco in his repertoire for this “under-the-radar” instrument. 

Marc Cohn

Feb 26, 2015

In 1991, Marc Cohn took home the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In the two decades since, he has recorded a series of self-titled albums full of piano-based gospel-blues folk songs, and has performed around the world. In 2005, a harrowing near-death experience helped sharpen Cohn’s musical focus.

Locksaw Cartel

Feb 5, 2015

Bridging the gap between finely-honed art rock and funky, jazz spirited dance grooves, Locksaw Cartel
brings a unique combination of performance styles to the stages of Montana.

(Broadcast: "Musicians' Spotlight," 2/5/15. Listen weekly on on the radio Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., or via podcast.)

10 Favorite Albums of 2014.

Dec 23, 2014

Every year in music starts off unknown. While some trends seem inevitable, the majority of developments come as complete surprises. Favorite artists re-invent themselves, some disappointingly. And new creative forces take hold and capture our imaginations. I would never have dreamed that this year I would be loving a reggae album (Hollie Cook) or a country album from Nashville (Sturgill Simpson). But, I am so, so grateful that today’s music excites me. And I am already unbelievably excited about what 2015 might bring.

courtesy of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Mandolin virtuoso and Newgrass pioneer Sam Bush returns to Musician's Spotlight for a visit with host John Floridis.

Philip Aaberg

Nov 4, 2014
Courtesy of Phil Aaberg

Pianist and composer Philip Aaberg has played with the Boston Pops, at the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival, and with pop and blues musicians like Peter Gabriel, Elvin Bishop, and the Doobie Brothers. His piano playing is featured on more than 200 recordings by other artists. But Aaberg acknowledges his Montana "Hi-line" origins with pride. Not only does he live in the town where he grew up, but until late in her life, he continued studying with his early piano teacher.

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