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Nashville Singer-Songwriter Taylor Kropp On Wyoming Sounds

Jun 14, 2017
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Taylor Kropp live recorded live on 6/14/17 during Wyoming Sounds.

Cosmic Americana Band The Lonesome Heroes On Wyoming Sounds

Jun 14, 2017
Anna Rader

The Lonesome Heroes recorded live on 6/14/17 during Wyoming Sounds.

Bob Beck

Several years ago Cheyenne residents Bob and Jill Jensen went looking for a service dog to assist Jill with her multiple sclerosis. Their search took them to Kansas City where they acquired their animal. The couple then wondered about developing a training facility for various types of service dogs in Cheyenne, which is unique in this region. The project that Bob and Jill Jensen developed is called K9s 4 Mobility.

Dubois Downtown Fire Rebuild's Ready For Rent

Jun 9, 2017
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Rising from the ashes in Dubois, after a void of more than two years, is a one-story building that stretches across a city block, built of cedar to fit in with the town’s western look. Mayor Twila Blakeman says the new building is a welcome replacement for the black hole left by the fire that destroyed several downtown businesses, including a landmark – Stewart’s Trapline Gallery.

Wyoming Beef Council

Three Japanese food editors visited Wyoming last week to learn more about how beef is raised and cooked in the U.S. The tour was part of a partnership between the Wyoming Beef Council and the U.S. Meat Export Federation. 

Wyoming Beef Council director Ann Wittmann said the U.S. shipped 425 million pounds of beef to Japan alone in 2016. That brought in over $1 billion for U.S. beef producers. Wittmann said Japanese markets also prefer cuts that U.S. consumers don’t have a taste for.

June Glasson

A new art exhibition at the University of Wyoming explores and expands what it means to live in and love the American West. TOPOPHILIA: A loving reconfiguration of the mythology of our American West through studio practices and collaborative projects has its opening reception tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at the University of Wyoming Visual Arts Building Gallery, and runs through the end of August.

Studio Sessions: The Black Lillies

Jun 8, 2017
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Roots-rockers The Black Lillies' write and perform songs that blur the boundaries between folk, soul, red dirt country, blues and jazz. Here's a tune off of their latest album Hard To Please, showcasing their 2016 band lineup. 

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Contemporary art programming at the University of Wyoming Art Museum is certain to see a boost, after receiving an anonymous gift of $2.27 million. 

Denver Based Singer-Songwriter Taylor Scott On Wyoming Sounds

May 30, 2017
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Taylor Scott recorded live on 5/30/17 during Wyoming Sounds.

Wyoming State Parks

Many communities and hotels in Wyoming are preparing for a busy few days surrounding the August eclipse. State Parks Administrator Dominic Bravo says that it should be very busy in parks along the eclipse.

Dr. Michael Pierce

Wyoming is scrambling to prepare for the August 21st total solar eclipse which could attract so many people here that it'll double the state's population. But one thing many people may not be prepared for is what to watch for in a total solar eclipse. Wyoming Public Radio's Melodie Edwards sat down with University of Wyoming astronomer Mike Pierce to get some tips. Pierce says this eclipse is known as the Great American solar eclipse because the shadow of it will race at almost 2,000 miles an hour across the entire U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. 

Caroline Ballard

When middle schoolers at the UW Lab School in Laramie first heard they were going to be studying garbage as part of the nation-wide initiative Project Citizen, which promotes democratic engagement, their reactions were about what you’d expect.

“Everyone in the class kind of shrugged their shoulders and went ‘okay.’ And we were all just mellowed out about it and not excited,” said Yousuf Abdel-Kader, an eighth grader at the lab school.

Cody Singer-Songwriter Kalyn Beasley On Wyoming Sounds

May 25, 2017
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Kalyn Beasley recorded live on 5/25/17 during Wyoming Sounds.

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The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole is 30 years old this month. The museum is celebrating the occasion by curating two new exhibits from its permanent collection, both with a sharp eye towards conservation. 

Since its arrival in 1987, the museum has moved to a new location and grown its permanent collection to include pieces by Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe, and Andy Warhol, and one of the exhibits opening for the anniversary is Warhol’s Endangered Wildlife portfolio. 

Bob Beck

Earlier this month, those involved with arts organizations in the state were able to exhale after a proposal to zero out funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, Humanities, and similar organizations this year was averted. The proposal was part of President Trump’s budget.

At the University of Wyoming Art Museum, Susan Moldenhauer sits at a desk of neatly stacked brochures and contracts as she prepares for another year of exhibits. She is the Director and Chief Curator at the facility. 

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President Trump's first budget proposal called for totally zeroing out federal funding for the arts and humanities, which could disproportionately hurt rural states like Wyoming.   

Last year some of that money went to a mobile museum that toured the state teaching students and adults alike about the state's heritage. Wyoming Senator John Barrasso admits that he doesn't like that the president is calling to end the program. 

The 5th Annual WYOmericana Caravan

May 11, 2017
Anna Rader

The WYOmericana Caravan pulled into Wyoming Public Radio on May 11th to kick off their fifth summer of touring across Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, and Utah. 

Indie Folk Trio Band Of Lovers On Wyoming Sounds

May 11, 2017
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Band Of Lovers recorded live on 5/11/17 during Wyoming Sounds.

Wyoming Music Festivals: Summer 2017

May 8, 2017
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Brace yourselves, Wyoming. Summer is coming. Plan your music schedule now!

This festival season, take a photo of you (and your friends) at a Wyoming music festival, use the hashtag #wyofest and post it to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. 

 

Jennifer Tennican

Vertical Harvest is finishing up its first year of operation. The hydroponic, or soil-less, greenhouse is located in downtown Jackson, and not only provides locally grown produce, but also employs 15 people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Clay Landry

The era of the mountain man was brief—the high point of the Rocky Mountain beaver fur trade was between 1820 and 1840. But the period still holds fascination today. Clay Landry has written extensively on the subject.

He’ll be speaking on non-fiction writing at the Wyoming Writers Conference June 2-4 in Gillette. As Landry told Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, he recently served as a historical advisor for the 2016 film The Revenant.

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Doomed love is the theme of this week’s University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra 2016-17 season finale. It includes Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, as well as works by four other composers, including recent UW eminent composer in residence, Libby Larsen.

Studio Sessions: Jalan Crossland

May 3, 2017
Jalan Crossland

Jalan Crossland, considered a "Wyoming treasure," is widely acclaimed by audiences, critics, and his musical peers as being a premier acoustic guitarist, as well as a banjo player, singer-songwriter, and engaging showman. 

Here are two of his songs off of his new album Singalongs for the Apocalypse.

Singer-Songwriter James Reed On Wyoming Sounds

May 1, 2017
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Singer-songwriter James Reed played live Friday April 28 on Wyoming Sounds and visited with Grady Kirkpatrick. James is a freshman attending the University of Wyoming and is originally from Ft. Collins. He has been playing guitar for about nine years and plans to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston beginning in the spring of 2018.

Studio Sessions: Elk Tongue

Apr 25, 2017
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Named after a body part of the North American mammal, Wyoming’s Elk Tongue performs psychedelic desert rock. All four band members are from various musical backgrounds, which they blend together to create sounds reminiscent of the past with an eye (and an ear) to the future.

Contemporary Flute Player And Composer Robert Dick

Apr 24, 2017
Malcolm Pollock

American flute player and composer Robert Dick live on 4/24/17 during Wyoming Public Radio's Wyoming Sounds.

Timothy Egan

National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Timothy Egan’s newest book The Immortal Irishman, tells the story of Irish revolutionary Thomas Francis Meagher and how he changed the course of history in Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Egan will be coming to the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie Tuesday, April 18 to give a talk on his book. He spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard, and said he first discovered Meagher’s story on a visit to Montana.

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National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Timothy Egan will give a presentation at the University of Wyoming Tuesday on his newest book.

The Immortal Irishman tells the story of 19th century Irish orator and revolutionary Thomas Francis Meagher, whose speeches moved people to action in Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Meagher eventually became territorial governor of Montana before he disappeared.

Egan said he wrote the book partly because he became more interested in his own Irish heritage.

Studio Sessions: Paul Cauthen

Apr 11, 2017
Paul Cauthen

Paul Cauthen is a country artist whose raw virtuosity has Rolling Stone calling him, "A triple-barreled blast of Texas country, soul and holy-roller rockabilly, delivered by a big-voiced crooner." Paul Cauthen was a part of the band from Sons of Fathers and created his first solo album "My Gospel" in Austin, Texas. 

Studio Sessions: Sally & George

Apr 11, 2017
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Shelby "Sally" Means and Joel "George" Timmons first met back in 2012, when Timmons' Americana band, Sol Driven Train, and Means' bluegrass band, Della Mae, were playing the same festival. They eventually developed both a romantic partnership and a musical one, adopting the given names of Means' late grandparents.

Their growing romance turned into the Nashville-based duo Sally & George and their debut album "Tip My Heart" was released February 10th, 2017. 

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