The 4th Annual WYOmericana Caravan

May 5, 2016
Anna Rader

The WYOmericana Caravan pulled into Wyoming Public Radio on May 5th to kick off their fourth summer of touring across Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, and Utah. 

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Alfredo Muro, Steve Mullins, And Rod Garnett recorded live on 5/04/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

The final University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra concert of the season puts the saxophone on center stage. UW professor Scott Turpen will perform John Adams’ Saxophone Concerto Thursday, May 5.

“It challenges me in ways I’ve never been challenged as a saxophonist, yet it isn’t extremely high, it doesn’t use a bunch of honks and peeps and snorts, which sometimes you hear in some contemporary classical music. It’s just the sound of the saxophone, but it’s music like I’ve never studied before,” says Turpen.

Denver Bluegrass Band Masontown On Morning Music

May 2, 2016

Masontown recorded live on 5/02/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Alternative Folk Musician Eliza Rickman On Morning Music

Apr 29, 2016

Eliza Rickman recorded live on 4/29/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

The sounds of Brazil are coming to the University of Wyoming. Sunday’s concert will feature Brazilian violist Glêsse Collet with UW professor of piano Theresa Bogard.

Collet says the unique Brazilian classical music style began in the 1800s. "The Portuguese king, he had to leave Portugal and live in Brazil for a long time," explains Collet. "And with him they brought composers, they brought teachers for music and very fast, they mixed. Portuguese mixed with the slaves, with the Indians and then we had this very rich time in Brazil."

Studio Sessions: Whippoorwill

Apr 20, 2016

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

Casper College

A new musical premieres this month at Casper College. “Mulberry” is set in the late 1990s, and focuses on the patriarch of a family in a small town in Wisconsin. James Olm is a voice and musical theatre instructor at Casper College, and is the writer and composer of the musical.

He tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard that the inspiration to write the show actually came from a difficult time in his own life.

This week’s University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra concert features a homecoming. Matthew Inkster grew up in Laramie and attended the University of Wyoming, where he played trumpet in the UW Symphony. On Thursday, he’ll be guest conducting the orchestra.

Laramie Based Band Dauphin On Morning Music

Mar 4, 2016
Anna Rader

Country band Dauphin recorded live on 3/03/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s Music on the Move series brings The Wiyos to Casper this week. The Brooklyn-based band mixes original songwriting with vaudevillian ragtime blues, hillbilly swing, and old-time country. On Thursday, February 18 they’ll play school concerts and offer a performance workshop open to high school and college students. Their public concert is Friday, February 19 at the Wolcott Galleria.

Dan Hicks, musician singer and songwriter, died Saturday February 6, 2016 in Mill Valley after a long battle with throat and liver cancer. He was 74.

Mr. Hicks emerged in the San Francisco folk scene in the late ‘50’s and in 1965 became the drummer for the Charlatans, an early folk rock band. Two years later, he formed Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, the group with which he was best known.

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 


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The Wyoming Arts Council is launching several new programs to grow the state’s independent music scene.

Poll Results: Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2015

Dec 31, 2015
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The Best Music Of 2015

We asked listeners to vote from three lists: AAA, Americana, and Wyoming/Regional. We received an abundance of votes this year! Thanks to everyone who voted and thank you for listening to Morning Music. Here are listeners picks for the best music of 2015:

Top 20 AAA 

1. Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color

2. Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter

3. Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

4. James Taylor - Before This World

5. James McMurtry - Complicated Game

Wyoming Musicians Peter Queal And Friends On Morning Music

Dec 18, 2015
Anna Rader


Peter Queal and Friends live recorded live on 12/18/15 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

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.

Vote For The Best Music Of 2015

Dec 3, 2015

Here are listeners votes for the best music of 2015!

Vote For The Best Triple-A Music Of 2015

Vote For The Best Americana Music Of 2015


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
Anna Rader

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
Anna Rader

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

Taylor Scott


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
Anna Rader

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
Anna Rader


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