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.

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.

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.

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

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

Robert Earl Keen



Texas country artist Robert Earl Keen returned to Wyoming for a show at the Cowboy Saloon in Laramie in October of 2017. Grady Kirkpatrick talked with him before the show.

Anna Rader

Jazz pianist Ben Markley joined by University of Wyoming students Larry Shaw and Donicio Trujillo for the Wyoming Public Radio & Media Holiday Open House. Recorded on Wyoming Sounds on 12/8/17.

Vote For The Best Music Of 2017

Dec 4, 2017


Do you have favorite albums from this year? Now's your chance to tell us! One vote per person please and the deadline is Midnight on December 27. 

We’ll play back all your favorites on Wyoming Sounds, Friday, December 29 and Monday, January 1 from 9 a.m. to Noon. 

Vote For The Top Albums Of 2017

Sheridan College’s Whitney Center for the Arts is introducing its first jazz orchestra with a concert on Friday, November 17.

The Whitney Center Jazz Orchestra is a 19-piece big band made up of professionals and music faculty from around Wyoming. Director Eric Richards says the orchestra will serve as a house band for the Whitney Center.

The By & By and Sally & George

The By & By and Sally & George live on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 11/16/17.

Anna Rader

Ethan Russell, a multi Grammy nominated photographer, filmmaker and author talks about his work and his show 'The Best Seat in the House.' He is known as the only photographer to have shot album covers for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who. 

University of Wyoming Music Department

The University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra starts a new season on Thursday evening. The opening concert is a reaction to the country’s current political turmoil and Wyoming’s budget cuts. 

UW Symphony director Michael Griffith says his goal is to make this season an uplifting one. He’s calling it a “Season of Joy.”

The Modern West 28: Tiny Town, Big Bands

Oct 17, 2017

In the mid-20th century, the little town of Elk Mountain, Wyoming drew crowds from miles and miles away to its summer dances on the bouncy floor at the Garden Spot Pavilion.

Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter is a singer, songwriter, musician, and author who performs and records with The Royal City Band. He is known for his distinctive Americana style and narrative lyrics, and a few of his most well-recognized songs include “Girl In The War,” “Getting Ready to Get Down,” among many others.  

Feeding Laramie Valley

For the second year in a row, the Higher Ground Fair is set to celebrate the Rocky Mountain region’s unique lifestyle. Organizer Gayle Woodsum said this year’s events will be even bigger than last year’s with music and dance on three stages both days of the fair, including the Patti Fiasco, Whiskey Slaps, The Hazel Miller Band, and J Shogren Shanghai’d.

There will also be more than 70 vendors and presentations, including one by the Black American West Museum about African American history in the West.

Anna Rader

Vanessa Silberman, Carissa Johnson, and The Penumbra live on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 9/13/17.

Atlanta Pop Singer-Songwriter Lia Menaker On Wyoming Sounds

Sep 5, 2017
Mary Grace Bedwell

Lia Menaker live on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 9/05/17.

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.

Studio Sessions: Redbush

Aug 16, 2017
BHP Imaging

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.

Alabama-Based Guitarist Joe DeVita Live On Wyoming Sounds

Aug 14, 2017
Anna Rader

Joe DeVita live on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 8/14/17.

Studio Sessions: David Wax Museum

Aug 8, 2017

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. 

Anna Rader

Shane Henry and Maggie McClure live on Wyoming Sounds recorded on 8/07/17.

Fort Collins Pop Rock Band The Nooks On Wyoming Sounds

Aug 2, 2017
Anna Rader

The Nooks live on 8/02/17 during Wyoming Sounds.

Studio Sessions: Whippoorwill

Aug 2, 2017

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.

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.

Anna Rader

S.J. Tucker and Leslie Hudson live on 7/25/17 during Wyoming Sounds.

Anna Rader

Samantha Rise recorded live on 7/20/17 during Wyoming Sounds.

Seattle-Based Folk Duo Modern Bygones On Wyoming Sounds

Jul 12, 2017
R.M. Cabrera-Sauras

Modern Bygones recorded live on 7/12/17 during Wyoming Sounds.