When the chair of University of Wyoming’s music department, Theresa Bogard, interviewed for a position at the university 24 years ago, she was told the department would be getting a new building “soon”. Now, nearly a quarter of a century later, the newly renovated performing arts center is finally here. But before the renovations, conditions were bleak.

The second annual Northwest Guitar Summit takes place this weekend in Powell. The event includes a public concert and workshops for guitar players in the community. This year, the summit is open to any guitar player of junior high age or above. Organizer Jeff Troxel will be joined by jazz guitarist Corey Christiansen and classical guitarist Michael Videon.

Kentucky Country Musician Jeremy Pinnell On Morning Music

Nov 9, 2015
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Jeremy David Pinnell recorded live on 11/09/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Washington state based fiddler Randal Bays is considered one America’s best players of Irish traditional music. He came to prominence in the 1990s, playing with celebrated Irish fiddler Martin Hayes. Since then, Bays has cemented his own reputation as a master of the style. He will be teaching and performing at the Lincoln Community Center in Laramie on Sunday, November 8: a workshop on Irish traditional music (open to all acoustic instruments) takes place at 3 p.m., followed by a public concert at 7 p.m.

Canadian Folk Musician Winona Wilde On Morning Music

Nov 5, 2015
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Winona Wilde recorded live on 11/05/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

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It's the most wonderful time of the year... Halloween! With the arrival of All Hallows' Eve comes Morning Music's annual scream montage. We're playing it on the airwaves today and we want you to have some spooky fun. Who do you hear screaming in the music montage? 

Indie Singer-Songwriter Andy Hackbarth On Morning Music

Oct 29, 2015
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Andy Hackbarth recorded live on 10/28/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

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Guitarist, singer and songwriter Taylor Scott from Cheyenne talked with Grady Kirkpatrick about his new EP from the Taylor Scott Band - "A Closer Look, The Second Glance."

Portions of songs are edited. For full release of EP go to The EP will also be available on iTunes the week of October 26.

Indie Folk Band Of Lovers On Morning Music

Oct 22, 2015
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Band Of Lovers recorded live on 10/22/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Indie-Acoustic Band Benyaro On Morning Music

Oct 21, 2015
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Benyaro recorded live on 10/21/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Wyoming poet laureate and author David Romtvedt and Caitlin Belem on Morning Music talking with Micah Schweizer about his new book Zelestina Urza in Outer Space, Basque history, and Basque music.

Recorded 10/19/15



WPR's Grady Kirkpatrick talked with musician, author, actor and painter Bobby Bridger about his new release Vagabond Heart.

The new University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra season features music spanning five centuries. Symphony director Michael Griffith says he strives to provide programming that covers three key areas: the classics, contemporary works, and hidden gems.

Jazz and classical students and faculty musicians from the University of Wyoming’s Music Department are performing together Monday, October 5 at the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts. The concert features new compositions and new arrangements by pianist and faculty member Ben Markley—who will be joined on stage by 15 violinists, violists, and cellists. Markley previewed the concert with Wyoming Public Radio's Micah Schweizer.

Singer-Songwriter Justin Townes Earle On Morning Music

Sep 30, 2015

Justin Townes Earle recorded live on 9/30/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.  

Native Americana Blues Guitarist Cary Morin On Morning Music

Sep 22, 2015
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Cary Morin recorded live on 9/22/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

North Carolina Folk Duo Lowland Hum On Morning Music

Sep 21, 2015
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The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra has a new home for the 2015-2016 concert season. The orchestra is performing at Casper College instead of its usual hall at Natrona County High School while the auditorium is under renovation. Music director Matthew Savery says playing at Wheeler Concert Hall offers new acoustic possibilities.

Over the next week, a piece of music inspired by Wyoming is touring the state. "A Rambling Stretch" is the work of composer Tyler Gilmore. As Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer discovered, the piece of music draws together the many strands of Gilmore’s life.

Here's the tour schedule:

Caroline Ballard

When the Western Thunder Marching Band takes the field at War Memorial Stadium these days, it really takes the field. With 235 members, all 100 yards are practically filled with people in uniforms. It is the biggest band Wyoming has ever seen, it has a new director, and unlike other schools where you have to audition to be a part of the band UW accepts everyone, even those who have never marched in a band before.

Americana Band The Black Lillies On Morning Music

Sep 9, 2015
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The Black Lillies recorded live on 9/9/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

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The University of Wyoming football team is set to face off against North Dakota Saturday in the season opener. Along with fans and cheerleaders, the University’s bigger-than-ever marching band will be there to cheer the Cowboys on. 

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Singer-songwriter and blues violinist Anne Harris, who hails from Chicago, played live on Morning Music along with Wyoming blues guitar great Taylor Scott. They blew us away with their talent and great live performances. See them play at the Snowy Range Music Festival, happening this weekend. 

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Michael Martin Murphey (of "Wildfire" and "Carolina In the Pines" fame) talked with Grady Kirkpatrick and played a few songs.

Studio Sessions: One Ton Pig

Aug 21, 2015
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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. 

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A new free concert series starts this week in Lander. Lander LIVE kicks off Tuesday, July 21st, with a performance by Memphis-based country-rock band Lucero. The bands Donna the Buffalo, Pimps of Joytime, and Elephant Revival are each scheduled to play later this summer.

Unlike many concerts, Lander LIVE is always on a Tuesday night. 

The town of Jackson is preparing to host a major new music festival this weekend.

The first-ever Contour Music Festival features over 50 acts playing back to back at venues throughout Jackson Friday, June 12 to Sunday, June 14.


Author John Byrne Cooke was Janis Joplin’s personal friend and road manger until her death in 1970. He talks about his unique perspective of her life and why he wrote his book.

Anna Rader

The WYOmericana Caravan pulled into Wyoming Public Radio on May 28th to kick off their third summer of touring across Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, and Utah. Their first show is tonight in Denver at Syntax

Denver Gay Men's Chorus

On May 10th, the Wyoming premiere of I Am Harvey Milk debuts in Laramie. Created by composer Andrew Lippa, it’s part theater, part choral piece, and it all tells the story of Harvey Milk, the first gay and out non-incumbent politician in the U.S. He was assassinated in 1978, just months after taking office as a city supervisor in San Francisco. James Knapp is the artistic director of the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, and Out Loud, Colorado Springs Men’s Chorus, the two groups performing the piece. He joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard to talk a little about the show.