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

Most music listeners don’t realize that there really was a “Mr. Tambourine Man” behind Bob Dylan’s famous song. His name was Bruce Langhorne and he was one of the most important session guitarists of the 1960s, particularly in the early years of folk-rock. He was most famous for accompanying Bob Dylan, but he also played on the recordings of Tom Rush, Richard & Mimi Fariña, Richie Havens, Gordon Lightfoot, Eric Andersen, Joan Baez, and Buffy Sainte-Marie. He even wrote scores for some successful motion pictures. Enjoy the music of this under-appreciated folk hero on another edition of “Unsung Heroes, Influential but Overlooked Masters of Modern Music,” on MTPR Monday October 9 at 8 p.m.

"A Prairie Home Companion" host Chris Thile.
Devin Pedde

You're invited to a listening party and open house this week at MTPR. Join us Saturday, Oct. 7 for the first show of the new season of A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile. We will have refreshments, giveaways, and tours of Montana Public Radio.

Hold the date and time, Saturday October 7 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at MTPR studios on the UM campus in Missoula. We are excited to host a special launch party for season two with Chris Thile next Saturday, we hope you can join us.

Violinist, composer and singer songwriter Gaelynn Lea produces 21st century music in a style rooted in classical, Celtic and traditional folk. The 2016 winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Contest is also a disability rights advocate and an in-demand speaker, particularly concerning osteogenesis imperfecta ("brittle bone disease"), a condition that she’s had all her life.

Lea is the guest on this episode of "Musician's Spotlight"

Marina Chavez

Legendary singer and guitarist Bonnie Raitt joins host John Floridis on this week's "Musician's Spotlight" to discuss her release, “Dig In Deep," which is the latest of her 17 studio albums. This is Part Two of a two-part program. 

Jerry Douglas and Brent Mason at the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival
Michael Marsolek

Grammy award winning musician Jerry Douglas joins us from the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival and Workshop to talk with MTPR's Michael Marsolek.

"I'm having a wonderful time here in the Flathead," Douglas says. "I've been hanging out with Mike Stern, and Sonny Landreth is my next door neighbor. Albert Lee is here, and David Lindley, you know, everybody. It's such a wonderful place to hang out. As a guitar player, there couldn't be a better place to be on earth right now."

Hear more from Jerry Douglas in this interview from the Crown Guitar Festival.