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Music, artist interviews, and upcoming performances around western Montana.

Over forty years ago, as part of the David Grisman Quintet, multi-instrumentalist Darol Anger became a young founding father of "Dawg Grass," an influential melding of bluegrass, newgrass, classical and jazz. He has continued breaking musical ground ever since, with the Turtle Island String Quartet, Montreux, Fiddlers Four, Psychograss, the Republic of Strings, Mike Marshall,  Barbara Higbie, Scott Nygaard, Phil Aaberg and many others. He's a professor at the Berklee College of Music and an instructor at fiddle camps around the world.

The songs on "White Noise," the latest recording from Seattle singer, guitarist and songwriter Noah Gundersen, draw comparisons to Jackson Browne, Neil Young and Iron & Wine. Fellow Seattleite Nancy Wilson of Heart raved, in 2011: “Noah Gundersen is my favorite new singer-songwriter. Music like this will never become dated. His timeless songs are full of true humanity and longing. Just what the soul doctor ordered.”

know all ye that on the 16th day of the second month of the year, Mme. Richarde and the good Doctor will mark their thirtieth performance of The Psychedelic Circus.
Doc Sandoz

And the Nothing appeared in flame and said unto them, know all ye that on the 16th day of the second month of the year, Mme. Richarde and the good Doctor will mark their thirtieth performance of The Psychedelic Circus. By conjure of mad Abraxas, mystery and marvels long forgotten shall they then call back to life, whereupon, all else falling silent, the songs of the Pleroma will rise up like a moth rises over the fire of the shepherd who guards his flock by night. Your attendance is most humbly requested. Friday night the 16th of February, 10 p.m. to midnight, on your radio or online at mtpr.org.

Bernard Benant

Originally from the reggae capitol of Kingston, Jamaica, composer, singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Clinton Fearon found a new home for his music in 1987 in Seattle - and since 2007, a unique connection with Butte, Montana. Whether it's the songs he wrote in the 1970s with the legendary band The Gladiators, or those written for his present group, The Boogie Brown Band, Clinton says: "Each one is a strong message coming from the heart of a man who dedicates his life to help a better world to come."

Learn more from Fearon on this episode of "Musician's Spotlight."

24-year-old Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven song narratives. He wrapped up a banner 2017, which included his network television debut on "Conan," an invitation to play with Elton John at the Apple Music Festival, an "Austin City Limits" taping and an Americana Music Association nomination for Album of the Year.

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