Studio Sessions

Watch live music performances from the Wyoming Public Radio studio. 

Do you want to be featured on Studio Sessions? Contact our Program Director Grady Kirkpatrick. Please send us a song or two and your contact information to wkirkpa1@uwyo.edu.

Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

Studio Sessions: The Lonesome Heroes

Aug 23, 2017
Anna Rader

  

Melding the two-step shuffle of Austin, Texas with bandleader Rich Russell’s fondness for Gram Parsons, The Lonesome Heroes call their blend of indie rock and country “cosmic American music.”

Here’s a live performance of their new single, released in June 2017, shot at Laramie's NU2U thrift store.

Studio Sessions: Redbush

Aug 16, 2017
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Redbush is a 3-piece rock band out of Laramie, Wyoming comprised of Ev Bruhnke on drums and backups, Larson Lind on bass, and J.D. Korpitz on guitar and vocals. The band recently released their album Gaslight Lockdown in December of 2016.

Here’s a tune from that record.

Studio Sessions: David Wax Museum

Aug 8, 2017
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Husband and wife duo David Wax and Suz Slezak form the core of the band David Wax Museum. Known for their energetic performances and tongue in cheek lyrics, David Wax Museum calls their musical blend Mexo-Americana. On their 2015 album Guesthouse, the band moved into uncharted musical territory, tackling parenthood, marriage, and the challenges of life on the road.

Here's a tune from that album. 

Studio Sessions: Whippoorwill

Aug 2, 2017
Whippoorwill

In late 2016, Wyoming’s alt-folk band Whippoorwill expanded to a trio (original members Staci Foster and Alysia Kraft welcomed Tobias Bank on drums), weaving together guitar, banjo, harmonica, percussion, and three-part harmonies to create tough but pretty songs.

Here’s a video shot at Laramie’s NU2U thrift store.

Studio Sessions: Dauphin

Jul 26, 2017
Photo By Brian Harrington of BHP Imaging from the Wyoming Independent Music Initiative by the Wyoming Arts Council

We’ve all heard of Southern Gothic. In Dauphin, Jason Burge keeps the South in his voice and brings the Gothic out West, where he teams up with Northerner Ray Mitchell for gruff songs with sweet harmonies and singing guitar leads.

Here's a tune from their album Prodigal Songs for the End of Days.

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. 

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, shot on stage at Laramie's Gryphon Theatre.

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.

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.

Studio Sessions: Whippoorwill

Apr 20, 2016
Whippoorwill

Encampment, Wyoming-based Americana duo Whippoorwill (Staci Foster and Alysia Kraft--best known as the front woman for The Patti Fiasco) weave together banjo, harmonica, guitar, and harmonies to create tough but pretty songs.

Their independently released debut consists of six stick-to-your-heart songs. Here's one, shot on stage at Laramie's Gryphon Theatre.

Cold Blue

Watch Wyoming's Entries For NPR's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest

Feb 5, 2016
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

Studio Sessions: Sweetwater String Band

Jan 25, 2016
Sweetwater String Band

Sweetwater String Band is almost a classic bluegrass outfit: guitar, mandolin, upright bass. But in place of the typical fiddle, the quartet goes low to create its signature sound: Cello Driven High Sierra Soulgrass.

A Million Miles 

Flood

Studio Sessions: Ben Markley Trio

Dec 14, 2015
Ben Markley

Happy Holidays from Wyoming Public Radio! Here’s the Ben Markley Trio performing live at our 2014 holiday open house. Composer and pianist Ben Markley teaches jazz piano at the University of Wyoming.

Studio Sessions: One Ton Pig

Aug 21, 2015
One Ton Pig

Jackson, Wyoming’s own alt-country band One Ton Pig melds the singer-songwriter tradition of artists like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson with genre-bending jam-band styles. Recorded during a recent visit to the Wyoming Public Radio studios, the band treats us to new songs from their fourth album, Lastville. 

Just A Word

Mr. Mr. 

Studio Sessions: Jami Lynn

Apr 27, 2015
Photo by Dario Acosta

Singer-songwriter Jami Lynn's South Dakota home makes a mark on her music. Here are two of Jami's animal-themed songs, including one from her brand new 2015 release, Fall Is a Good Time to Die.

Coyote, Why Ya Been Lookin’ so Thin?

Mom Raccoon

Studio Sessions: Spencer Bohren

Apr 2, 2015
Credit: Brenda Ladd

Spencer Bohren’s roots music journey has taken him from the Big Empty to the Big Easy. Born in Casper, his musical inspirations led to him to his adopted hometown of New Orleans. We’re always honored to have Spencer stop by our studios on a visit back to Wyoming. Here, he performs a couple of classics and an original.

People Get Ready

Studio Sessions: Ian McFeron Band

Jan 27, 2015
Anna Rader

Seattle singer-songwriter Ian McFeron has dust on his boots from many tours across the country (including quite a few stops in Wyoming), reflected in the stories he weaves through his songs. Here are a couple of favorites from his albums Summer Nights and Time Will Take You; we’re hoping the as yet unreleased ‘Moses’ makes it onto McFeron’s third Nashville studio album, which is currently in the works.

Back to the Farm (Life is Good)

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

Jan 22, 2015
NPR Music

As you may know, NPR put out the 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’.

Here are their contest entries:

Studio Sessions: Thunder & Rain

Dec 8, 2014
Anna Rader

Since forming in 2013, Thunder & Rain has quickly made a name for itself along the Front Range. The band’s “mountain made Colorado country” sound hangs strong hooks and catchy harmonies on classic bluegrass instrumentation.

Their debut album is scheduled for release in January 2015, with tours to follow.

I'm Gonna Belong

Smile Kid

Studio Sessions: The Raven And The Writing Desk

Nov 26, 2014
Anna Rader

Drawing their name from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, The Raven and the Writing Desk have taken their own circuitous journey to arrive at their current four-piece configuration and self-described “dark pop” style.

Here are songs that perfectly capture the Denver band's new sound.

Running

On A Wire

Luke Bell: Rattlesnake Man

Oct 6, 2014
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Anna Rader

Georgia native Danny Brewer is the front man of indie-folk band Besides Daniel. His songs are deeply emotionally, with natural acoustic riffs and soulful melodies. His third album release, This Marvelous Grief, has been featured on NPR.

Micah Schweizer

Pierce Pettis is one of America’s finest singer-songwriters. His songs have been covered by artists including Dar Williams, Garth Brooks, and Joan Baez. His rich, chiming guitar sound comes from the use of open tunings. Here’s a song that draws from Pierce’s Alabama roots.

Ben Slater

Dakota Dave Hull is one of America’s premier finger-style guitarists. Based in Minnesota, Dakota Dave logs a lot of miles touring, so here’s a composition that fades out like the highway receding in the rear-view mirror.

Micah Schweizer

Fresh off the 2014 release of ‘Dave and the Gin Mill Gypsies’, Laramie guitarist, singer, and songwriter David Wiatrolik assembles a stripped down trio (Dana Robertson, drums and Luke Woodbury, bass) to perform live at the WPM studios.

Anna Rader

This Sioux Falls, SD duo is putting the finishing touches on a new album, which includes this song.

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Casper's Cory McDaniel (guitar) and Amy Gieske (bass) play one from the new record, The Tremors.

Micah Schweizer

Steve Frame and his fellow Western Rebel Jim Halsey, aka Jimmy Harper, perform a song written for workers in the western oil fields.

www.steepcanyon.com

WPM’s Ranch Breakfast show recently had a visit from the Grammy Award-winning bluegrass sextet the Steep Canyon Rangers. Here’s a live performance of an original song from their newest album, Tell The Ones I Love.

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