Music

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.

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
Courtesy of the artist

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.

Anna Rader

Psychedelic rock band Elk Tongue live on 3/31/17 on during Wyoming Public Radio's Wyoming Sounds.

Bridget Kearney

    

Lake Street Dive is playing in Laramie Saturday night March 11 at the Gryphon Theatre. Grady Kirkpatrick recently spoke with band member Bridget Kearney about how they formed and about her debut solo album Won't Let You Down.

 

 

 

Traditional Irish Music Band Danú Live On Wyoming Sounds

Mar 3, 2017
Anna Rader

Traditional Irish music band Danú live on 3/3/17 during Wyoming Public Radio's Wyoming Sounds.

Texas Country Musician Paul Cauthen Live On Wyoming Sounds

Feb 17, 2017
Paul Cauthen

Country musician Paul Cauthen live on 2/17/17 during Wyoming Public Radio's Wyoming Sounds.

Watch Wyoming's Entries For NPR's 2017 Tiny Desk Contest

Jan 30, 2017
NPR

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:

Courtesy Wyoming Humanities Council

For the past few years, the Wyoming Humanities Council has put on a series of events called “Ignite” where locals gave short multimedia presentations in a format similar to TED-talks. This year, the council is kicking off another series of presentations in Cheyenne, Casper, and Laramie with a name change and a shift in focus to storytelling. Jason Burge joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard to talk about some of these changes.

University of Wyoming Cultural Programs

  

As the University of Wyoming begins another semester, a new line-up of cultural programming at the school is on the horizon. Janelle Fletcher is the director of Fine Arts Outreach and Cultural Programs at the University of Wyoming, and she joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard to talk about what Spring 2017 has in store for students and the public.

 

Poll Results: Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2016

Jan 2, 2017
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The Best Music Of 2016

We asked listeners to vote from two lists: AAA and Wyoming albums. 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 2016:

Top 20 AAA

Vote For The Best Music Of 2016

Dec 5, 2016

Do you have favorite albums from this year? Now's your chance to tell us! 

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Americana Duo Sally & George On Wyoming Sounds

Dec 1, 2016
Grady Kirkpatrick

Sally & George on 11/23/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Wyoming Sounds.

Studio Session With Baroque Folk Band River Whyless

Nov 28, 2016
Anna Rader

River Whyless studio session, showcasing songs from their new album We All The Light. (recorded August 2016)

leonrussellrecords.com

  

Musician, writer and producer Leon Russell passed away November 13 at the age of 74. Russell’s wife, Jan Bridges, said in a statement that her husband died in his sleep at their Nashville home. Russell had heart bypass surgery in July and had been planning on resuming touring in January.

Leon Russell talked with Grady Kirkpatrick ahead of his show in Laramie Aug 6, 2013.

 

Tom McKean With Round The Bend On Morning Music

Nov 4, 2016
Anna Rader

Round The Bend Quartet on 11/02/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Florida Americana Folk Musician Austin Miller On Morning Music

Nov 1, 2016
Austin Miller

Austin Miller live on 11/01/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra begins its new season under the direction of a guest conductor. As part of a so-called ‘podium exchange,’ UW Symphony director Michael Griffith conducted an American piece in Brazil.

On Thursday, Brazilian conductor Carlos Henrique Costa will conduct two works from his home country in Laramie. One piece, Museu da Inconfidência, by César Guerra-Peixe, draws on folkloric styles. The other piece, Psalmus, by living composer João Guilherme Ripper, reflects the modern urban experience.

A Prairie Home Companion / American Public Media

After more than 40 years of hosting ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ Garrison Keillor is handing the show over to his hand-picked successor, mandolinist Chris Thile, who debuts as the show’s new host this weekend.

Dallas Singer-Songwriter Vanessa Peters On Morning Music

Oct 10, 2016
Vanessa Peters

Vanessa Peters recorded live on 10/10/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

centralcityopera.org

One of the country’s oldest opera companies is bringing a rags-to-riches-to-rags story to Cheyenne on Thursday evening. The Ballad of Baby Doe tells the scandalous true story of Horace Tabor, who strikes it rich prospecting for silver and leaves his wife Augusta for a woman named Baby Doe. But when silver goes bust, the pair ends up penniless and alone.

matthewsavery.com

This year marks the 67th season for the Casper-based Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. They’re calling it ‘A Moving Symphonic Season’ because the orchestra has a final concert at Casper College this weekend before returning to a newly renovated auditorium in December. 

Ann Marsden

 

After public universities opened their doors to women, the chance to study music composition opened up as well. But the best known, highest paid composers still tend to be men. Composer Libby Larsen is one notable exception - she is the eminent musician-in-residence at the University of Wyoming for the 2016 – 2017 academic year.

She joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard to talk about her distinctly American-sounding music and some of the biggest challenges still facing female composers.

Anna Rader

Michael Martin Murphey recorded live on 9/20/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Folk Pop Trio Band Of Lovers On Morning Music

Sep 15, 2016
Band of Lovers

Band Of Lovers recorded live on 9/15/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

University of Wyoming

 

The University of Wyoming is beginning another school year, and with it comes a new season of visiting performers through the school’s Cultural Programs. Janelle Fletcher is the Director of Fine Arts Outreach & Cultural Programs, and she joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard to preview some of the fall season acts.

Jackson is renowned for its dramatic landscapes and outdoor recreation, but arts organizations would like Jackson to be just as well known for its world-class cultural offerings. For the first time, Dancers’ Workshop and the Grand Teton Music Festival are teaming up to cross-promote each other’s events.

“For our two organizations it just made good sense to work together and to do our part to hopefully raise the profile of the community through what we’re already doing,” explained GTMF executive director Andrew Todd.

thebrintonmuseum.org

  

There’s an old joke from the movie The Blues Brothers:  “What kind of music do you usually have here?” asks Elwood. “Oh, we got both kinds,” answers the bartender. “We got Country and Western!”

 

patandvictor.com

The official video for Pat + Victor's song, "Wyoming." Written by Victor Pokorny. Listen to Pat + Victor's entire "Stay! Positive!" EP starting Aug. 23, 2016 on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Google Play and other streaming and purchase sites. 

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