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Guitarist Dakota Dave Hull On Wyoming Sounds

Apr 5, 2018
Guitarist Dakota Dave Hull
Anna Rader

Dakota Dave Hull live on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 4/05/18.

Ucross Foundation

A new art exhibition, up now at the Ucross Gallery in northern Wyoming, takes a contemporary look at the image of the horse. Printmaker Mark Ritchie was inspired to invite artists from around the world to submit their work after attending a horse-focused art workshop in Hungary. 

Ray Carlisle Of Teenage Bottlerocket On Wyoming Sounds

Mar 30, 2018
Anna Rader

Ray Carlisle of Teenage Bottlerocket celebrates his 40th birthday bash on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 3/30/18.

Jave Yoshimoto

Omaha-based artist Jave Yoshimoto’s distinct style of painting blends traditional Japanese woodblock, Chinese brush painting, and comic book-like graphics.

Watch Wyoming's Entries For NPR's 2018 Tiny Desk Contest

Mar 26, 2018
NPR Music

As you may know, NPR put out another call for undiscovered bands to enter a contest to play a Tiny Desk Concert in Washington, D.C. A number of Wyoming musicians filmed themselves behind—and in front of—their own ‘desks’. Check out all of the entries here

Here are the Cowboy State's contest entries:

Laramie Indie Folk Band The Woodpile On Wyoming Sounds

Mar 23, 2018
Anna Rader

The Woodpile live on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 3/23/18.

Colorado-Based Indie Rock Trio Edison On Wyoming Sounds

Mar 19, 2018
Indie rock trio Edison playing live
Grady Kirkpatrick

Edison live on The Ranch Breakfast Show recorded on 3/17/18. 

Book
Caroline Ballard

What would you do if your best friend were sexually assaulted? That’s the question Casper author Kiersi Burkhart tackles in her new young adult novel Honor Code – where an allegation of sexual assault rocks “Edwards Academy,” a prestigious private high school on the East Coast. Burkhart and Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard discussed the book and its message at her home in Casper.

Wind City Books in Casper will hold a launch party for Honor Code Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m.

Studio Sessions: Samantha Rise

Mar 1, 2018
Eric Tsurumoto

From Wyoming to Philadelphia, vocalist Samantha Rise Roberson weaves together jazz, folk and contemporary styles crafting what she describes as "High-Country Soul." Her debut album, Brighter Days, is scheduled for release in early 2018.

Jim and Jamie Dutcher

Northern Wyoming might have hundreds of wolves now, but in the early 1990’s there were only a handful. So National Geographic commissioned a husband and wife filmmaking team to take a creative approach: they raised the pack from pups and lived in the wilds of Idaho amongst them.

Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards spoke with Jim and Jamie Dutcher about their new book, The Wisdom of Wolves: Lessons From The Sawtooth Pack, on what they learned from living for six years with the wolves. Jim says his inspiration for the project came from a visit to Wyoming as a kid.

Andrew Burr

This past weekend was the 20th Cody Ice Climbing Festival. The festival is a weekend long featuring nightly speakers and ice clinics. Angela Vanwiemeersch, a professional ice climber, has been climbing for over five years. As a woman, she teaches many all women classes. She spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Kamila Kudelska about how she got introduced to ice climbing and how the sport is becoming more attractive for women.

10¢ Stranger & Low Water String Band On Wyoming Sounds

Feb 16, 2018
Melaina Nielson

10 Cent Stranger, Low Water String Band, and J Shogren Shanghai'd live on Wyoming Sounds on 2/16/18.

Jackson Hole Chorale

Members of the Jackson Hole Chorale are joining more than 170 other vocalists from across the USA and Canada to sing a well-known piece. The performance is organized by Distinguished Concerts International New York, which assembles amateur choirs from around the country to perform at Carnegie Hall. In January, a group of singers from Cheyenne participated in a performance at Carnegie Hall organized by the same group.

Jason Vlcan / National Historic Trails Interpretive Center

February is Black History Month, and an exhibit at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper is displaying photos and artifacts of a little-known piece of Wyoming History: an all-black town founded and then abandoned in the early 20th century. Shawn Wade is responsible for temporary exhibits and tours at the Center. He told Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard about the history of Empire, Wyoming.

Theodore Waddell

Western artist Theodore Waddell and his wife, Lynn, are gifting an 80 piece print collection to the Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College. The collection includes works from celebrated artists from around the country, all gathered by Waddell himself.  “I’ve traded and bought works, prints and whatnot, forever. Just from people whose work I’ve admired and cared for over a lifetime”, he says.

Jonathan Selkowitz

While some communities celebrate football stars, snow-based sports dominate in Jackson Hole. The Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club inducted 10 new members into the club’s Hall of Fame during a banquet Saturday at Snow King Resort. Among the new Hall of Famers, former U.S. Snowboard Team member and pro snowboarder Rob Kingwill had easy access to ski lifts and training living next to Snow King Mountain.

UW Presents

The spring semester season of the University of Wyoming’s Cultural series gets underway next week. Janelle Fletcher is the Director of Fine Arts Outreach and Cultural programs at the University of Wyoming. The season features a wide range of programs including some amazing acrobats. She joins Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck.

coralandtusk.com

A Brooklyn-based design company is moving its inventory and order fulfillment hub to Pinedale. Artist Stephanie Housley creates embroidered home décor under the brand name Coral and Tusk, which is sold around the world. 

About a year and a half ago, she and her husband decided to move from Brooklyn to the western part of Wyoming. Housley said the landscapes she has visited in the state inspired many of her designs. 

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This week, the third annual Grand Teton Winter Music Festival brings together speakers and musicians for four days of music and culture in Jackson.

The winter festival is an expansion of the long-running summer music festival. This festival will feature Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble, a fluid multi-instrument group.

This year’s festival highlights American contributions to classical music. “One of the reasons that we’re working with this group is because they’re very much championing new music – and new American music.

Americana Blues Musician Seth Walker On Wyoming Sounds

Jan 25, 2018
Emma Fenelon

  

Seth Walker live on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 1/25/18.

Sydney Pursel

The Ucross Foundation artist residency program in northern Wyoming has announced the winner of its first Native American visual artist fellowship award. Sydney Pursel will spend a month at Ucross, receive a $1,000 stipend and show her work in their gallery.

Pursel is a member of the Iowa Tribe, and said a lot of her early work wrestled with tribal identity.

Bob Beck

Last year the governor set up the Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming Council, better known as ENDOW.

After a few months of touring the state and meetings, ENDOW has developed a list of recommendations to start setting the stage for diversifying the economy. Greg Hill is the Chairman of Endow and he tells Bob Beck why ENDOW is different from past economic development efforts. 

Courtesy FlorenceWilliams. com

For her popular book, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, Florence Williams traveled the world talking to researchers, practitioners and real people who rely on nature to thrive.

Photo by Wally Gobetz via Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The Cheyenne Capital Chorale is accustomed to performing at 6,000 feet; they've been doing it for sixty years. But this winter, they'll have the benefit of a little more oxygen. On January 15, nine members of the Chorale will be performing the works of Sir Karl Jenkins at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

Barb Boyer is a board member of the Chorale and one of the representatives headed to New York. She told Wyoming Public Radio's Annie Osburn that this performance will be a bit different for the Chorale.   

Wyoming Humanities

The artwork of 31 of the Middle East's premier contemporary women artists is coming to Jackson. “I AM” is an international traveling exhibit focusing on the contributions that Middle Eastern women make to local and global culture, and movements for peace and harmony.  

It’s already made stops in Jordan, London and Washington DC, and will open at the Center for the Arts in Jackson on Friday evening.

 

johnhartford.com

In celebration of the 80th birth anniversary of John Hartford on December 30, 2017, Wyoming Public Radio rebroadcast John Hartford: An American Treasure produced by Grady Kirkpatrick at WNKU Highland Heights, KY in June of 2001 shortly after John passed away from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Poll Results: Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2017

Dec 29, 2017
COURTESY OF THE ARTISTS

The Best Music Of 2017

We asked listeners to vote from two lists and we received an abundance of votes this year! Thanks to everyone who voted and thank you for listening to Wyoming Sounds. Here are their picks for the best music of 2017:

Top 20 Albums

1.       Jason Isbell – Nashville Sound

2.       Willie Nelson – God’s Problem Child

3.       Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

4.       Chris Stapleton – From a Room

5.       Josh Ritter - Gathering

6.       Kendrick Lamar – DAMN

Cooper McKim

 

This holiday season, the Wyoming Public Radio news team is sharing stories about memories and traditions that stand out to them.

Wyoming isn’t known for having the largest Jewish community and that means some religious supplies aren’t as easy to come by. I learned that the hard way on the first day of Hanukkah this year - my first festival of lights celebration in Wyoming.  

Susie Scott

This holiday season, the Wyoming Public Radio news team is sharing stories about memories and traditions that stand out to them.

 

 

It was our first Christmas at 318 East 13th Street in Casper. That summer, my mom had become a first-time homeowner.  

My brother, Conor, and I were really excited.

Dana Ballard

This holiday season, the Wyoming Public Radio news team is sharing stories about memories and traditions that stand out to them. As a kid, Wyoming Public Radio’s Morning Edition host Caroline Ballard loved the predictability of Christmas, but one year everything turned upside down.

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