MTPR Music
4:32 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

10 Favorite Albums of 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.

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Sam Bush

Credit 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.

(Broadcast: "Musicians' Spotlight," 11/20/14. Listen weekly on on the radio Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., or via podcast.)

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Musician's Spotlight
5:00 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Philip Aaberg

Credit 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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Preview, interview and Concert Broadcast
4:51 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Crown Guitar Festival Programming On MTPR

We're excited about the amazing talent coming to the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival in Bigfork. As a media co-sponsor, we'll be playing along all week. Here's a list of some of the things we have planned:

Mon. 8/25, Our "Monday Special" will feature the guitarists performing at this week’s festival, including: Dweezil Zappa, Mike Stern, Ana Popovic, Emily Elbert, Shelby Lynn, Lee Ritenour, David Leisner, and John Oates. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. on air or online.

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The Psychedelic Circus
3:09 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

The 'Psychedelic Circus' Rolls Back Into MTPR Studios

The Psychedelic Circus

The Psychedelic Circus rolls back into the studios of Montana Public Radio at 10pm on August 15th! 

Joan Richarde and Dr. Sandoz will spin lesser known musical gems from the years of Psychedelia (1964-1973). 

Crank up the volume or grab your's high time for some musical fun...8/15/14 at 10 p.m. on MTPR

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Crown Guitar Festival, Aug 24-30
4:36 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

The Crown Of The Continent Guitar Workshop And Festival

Solomon Hicks, 16-year-old guitarist from New York, one of many participants in this year's Crown Guitar Workshop and Festival in Bigfork, Montana.

Michael Marsolek talks with David Feffer, Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation Chairman and Founding Director, and 16-year-old guitar prodigy Solomon Hicks about this year's festival.

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MTPR Music
11:59 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Sean Watkins Talks Songwriting, Solo Projects And Nickel Creek

Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek was in the MTPR studios playing songs from his recent solo album and talking music with John Floridis.
Credit Josh Burnham

Sean Watkins, guitarist, songwriter, and member of Nickel Creek stopped by our studio yesterday. He played songs from his latest solo album "All I Do is Lie", and talked music with MTPR's John Floridis.

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Clip of the Week
12:01 am
Thu August 7, 2014

The Golden Girl Of Soul: 93 Year Old Mother Opens For 71 Year Old Son

Swamp Dogg, before his show at the 2014 Montana Folk Festival, waiting for his 93 year old mother and opening act to finish warming up the crowd.
Credit Christopher Allen

If there were an award for best-dressed performer at the 2014 Montana Folk Festival, it would have to go to Soul and R&B legend Swamp Dogg.

Swamp Dogg is still on the road at age 71 with his long time opening act, his 93 year old mother, the elegant and charming Ms. Vera Lee.

Get a taste of their family style in our Clip Of The Week.

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Paul McCartney
3:45 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Paul McCartney Wows Record Missoula Crowd

Paul McCartney sings and plays piano at the Missoula stop on his Out There tour
Gus Chambers

Paul McCartney put on a spectacle in Missoula last night, playing for over two hours in the largest concert in Montana history. Over 25,000 people turned out for the show which included songs from McCartney's entire career along with dazzling lights and fireworks.

Check out our slideshow from the concert, and tell us what you thought of the show.

MTPR Music
4:54 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Sean Watkins Of Nickel Creek Live From MTPR Studios

Sean Watkins, singer-songwriter, guitarist and member of the folk band Nickel Creek.
Credit Jonathan Underland (CC-BY-3.0)

Sean Watkins, guitarist, singer-songwriter and member of the folk band Nickel Creek will be live in the MTPR studios Thursday, August 7 at 1:00 p.m. Tune in online or on the air for music and discussion with Sean Watkins and MTPR's John Floridis.

Here's a taste to hold you over until Thursday. Sean Watkins playing 'Since the Day That I was Born' from his recent solo album:

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