Music

Single Shot Live
2:32 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Melanie Devaney: Greenville

Credit Paul Montoya

LA-based singer-songwriter Melanie Devaney’s heart-felt music draws inspiration from her travels.

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Single Shot Live
2:28 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

BeatGrass: Everlasting Home

Credit Anna Rader

We were saddened to hear that BeatGrass banjo-picker Pete Mergard passed away last week. Here’s a song from the Cheyenne-based band’s December 2013 visit to the WPM studios.

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Arts
9:20 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Cowgirl In A Bluegrass Band: Della Mae's Wyoming Connection

A bluegrass band with Wyoming connections will be holding its breath at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. That’s because Della Mae’s recording ‘This World Oft Can Be’ is up for Best Bluegrass Album. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer reports.

MICAH SCHWEIZER: Late last year, late at night, the band was on the road in Tennessee when they heard the news. Shelby Means, who plays bass and sings harmony, says the band was packed into a van with their soundman at the wheel.

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Single Shot Live
4:17 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Sybarite5: Black Bend

Credit Anna Rader

Genre-bending string quintet Sybarite5 performs Dan Visconti’s ‘Black Bend.’

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Arts
12:31 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Student Run Concert Series Creates Local Music Hub

Hectic Hobo

An all ages weekly concert series in Laramie started as a training ground for students. Now, Studio WYO brings a steady flow of local and regional bands to the University of Wyoming on Thursday nights… and has become a hub for music lovers. Wyoming Public Radio’s Anna Rader reports.

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Single Shot Live
1:30 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Reverend Freakchild: In My Time Of Dying

Credit Micah Schweizer

New York-based bluesman Reverend Freakchild brings some old-time religion to Single Shot Live.

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Arts
1:51 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

The Ranch Breakfast Show Celebrates 33 Years

Credit Jeremy Martin/Boomerang photographer

Host Tom Wilhelm of the "Ranch Breakfast Show" is celebrating 33 years of being on air with Wyoming Public Radio. The bluegrass radio show started in the early 1980s and has continued to be a great local music program.

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Single Shot Live
4:19 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Ian McFeron and Alisa Milner: How The Money Comes

Credit Anna Rader

Ian McFeron and Alisa Milner hail from Seattle and weave together a variety of American roots styles.

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Arts
12:00 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Top 20 CD's of 2013

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

WPR's Top 20 CD's of 2013 from listener and staff votes. Thanks to everyone who voted:

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Single Shot Live
2:14 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

The King’s Singers: Jingle Bells

Credit Anna Rader

The world-famous British a cappella vocal ensemble, The King’s Singers, offers a holiday favorite.

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Single Shot Live
1:41 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Coastwest Unrest: Our Punk Rock

Guitar-drum duo CoastWest Unrest brings some warm sounds from Las Vegas to chilly Wyoming.

Arts
1:49 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Interview with musician Shakey Graves

Sydney Dalis was given the opportunity to speak with musician Shakey Graves about his experiences in Wyoming, specifically Yellowstone Park. This aired during Morning Music with Grady Kirkpatrick.

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Music
1:28 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Vote for your Top 5 CD picks of 2013

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You’re invited to send in your Top 5 CD picks of 2013. We’ll add up listener picks and compile the Top 20 of 2013 to play back on Morning Music.

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Single Shot Live
2:44 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Spencer Bohren: Borrowed Time

Because this was recorded during WPR’s fall pledge drive, we have thoughtfully edited out the talking. Enjoy the music of Casper-born, New Orleans-residing Spencer Bohren—guilt-free!

Single Shot Live
3:46 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons: Comin’ Back For More

Single Shot Live
1:39 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Ben Markley and Scott Turpen: And The Wind Came

Credit Anna Rader

Ben Markley is a composer and jazz pianist. He is also a visiting Assistant Professor of Music for the University of Wyoming Music Department. Scott Turpen is a saxophonist and Professor at the University of Wyoming Music Department, teaching Jazz Studies. "And The Wind Came" was written and composed by Ben Markley.

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Arts
4:32 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Linden String Quartet to perform at UW

Linden String Quartet

The Linden String Quartet is a rising star in the chamber music world. The quartet has won first prize in five major competitions and recently completed a residency at Yale University. On Friday, November 8, the Linden performs at the University of Wyoming. Violinist Sarah McElravy spoke with Wyoming Public Media’s Micah Schweizer about the quartet's blossoming career.

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Arts
8:26 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Wyoming offers Kate MacLeod songwriting inspiration

Kate MacLeod

Salt Lake City-based singer-songwriter Kate MacLeod has a new album coming out at the end of the year. At Ken Sanders Rare Books is a live collection of songs written over the past 30 years, all based on books. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer spoke with Kate MacLeod about the new record and her Wyoming-inspired songs.

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Single Shot Live
1:27 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Shook Twins: Crisper

Credit Micah Schweizer

Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, identical twins Katelyn and Laurie Shook make up the Indie Folk-Pop band Shook Twins. They now reside in Portland, Oregon. Kyle Volkman and Niko Daoussis form the core quartet.

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Single Shot Live
2:48 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Nicole Riner: Winter Spirits (comp. Katherine Hoover)

Credit Anna Rader

Nicole Riner is a recitalist, clinician, and freelance flutist. She teaches at the University of Wyoming. Composer Katherine Hoover, who wrote ‘Winter Spirits’, is known for evoking Native American flute sounds in her flute pieces.

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Single Shot Live
2:15 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Whiskey Slaps: Done Run Out Of Charm

Credit Anna Rader

Hillery Lynn, Birgit Burke, and Pryce Taylor make up the local Laramie band Whiskey Slaps. Hillery has been playing guitar, singing and writing songs most of her life. Birgit has been writing songs, singing, and playing various musical instruments most of her life as well. Their songwriting, guitar playing and mandolin playing lift elements from 1920’s blues, old-time, Appalachian folk and country western. Pryce Taylor joins on electric and upright bass, grounding the songs with solid rhythm.

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Arts
2:45 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Scottish singer Julie Fowlis to perform at UW

Julie Fowlis
Credit Michelle Fowlis

Over the past decade, traditional singer Julie Fowlis has built a career singing songs in the native language of her Scottish island home. Wyoming Public Media’s Micah Schweizer reached her by Skype in advance of her performance Friday, Oct. 18 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

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Single Shot Live
1:00 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Gooding: I'm Not Listening

Credit Micah Schweizer

Gooding is soul-stirring, animated Rock ‘n’ Roll from the plains. Guitarist/Singer and namesake “Gooding” and his band of brothers, Jesse Rich and Billy Driver, have been touring nonstop for 8 years. Their live shows are infused with the confident energy and heart-on-your-sleeve emotion that only comes from 3 childhood friends living out their dream on the road.

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Single Shot Live
12:12 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Lynn Miles: More

Credit Micah Schweizer

Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters. With seven albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, and a 2003 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year, she has certainly found her strength over time.

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Arts
7:10 am
Wed October 2, 2013

As other orchestras struggle, Wyoming Symphony Orchestra thrives

Credit Wes Mostaert

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra's 2013-14 season opens Saturday, October 5. Over the past several years, the audience for the Casper-based ensemble has steadily increased: it’s up 25 percent in just the last season. That’s notable in an era where orchestras from Honolulu to Syracuse have filed for bankruptcy. Wyoming Public Media’s Micah Schweizer asked Wyoming Symphony Orchestra executive director Rachel Bailey what accounts for that success...

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Single Shot Live
12:38 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

There Is No Mountain: Waterbound

Credit Anna Rader

There Is No Mountain is a reference to a Zen koan, a lyric from a Donovan song, and an Americana/psych-pop duo known for its catchy off-kilter sonic adventures. The Portland, Oregon based band are married couple Kali Giaritta and Matt Harmon. African rhythms, jazz harmonies, classical arrangements, theatrical melodies, and psychedelic sounds are all a part of There Is No Mountain.

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Single Shot Live
12:39 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Alice Freeman: Mist Covered Mountains

Credit Anna Rader

Based in Laramie, Alice Freeman provides unforgettable music on her pedal harp, traditional Celtic harp, carbon fiber Celtic harp or hammered dulcimer. Alice is certified as a Healing Musician, a Therapeutic Harp Practitioner and a Clinical Musician.  She maintains a private practice providing soothing harp music at bedside in several local health care facilities.

Listen to her harp rendition of a traditional Scottish tune, "Mist Covered Mountains" by John Cameron.

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music
6:11 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

UW's "New Frontiers" promises accessible contemporary music

Theresa Bogard

The University of Wyoming Music Department’s annual festival of new music runs September 22nd-26th, with recitals and an interactive workshop for the public.

New Frontiers: The Laramie Contemporary Music Project celebrates music by living composers. For those who worry new classical music only means atonal splats of sound, Music Department Chairwoman Theresa Bogard offers some reassurance.

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Single Shot Live
12:27 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Luke Bell: The Glory and The Grace

Credit Micah Schweizer

Hailing from the mountains and plains of Northern Wyoming, Luke Bell’s music is shaped by his lineage of ranchers, tobacco farmers and ministers. This young singer-songwriter naturally brings us a blend of the old time blues/country sound and contemporary lyricism about poverty, loss, hardship, and redemption.

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Arts
10:16 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Laramie songwriter responsible for first recorded duet of Dr. John, Bobby Rush

Carl Gustafson and Bobby Rush perform together in Laramie.
Credit Linnaea Kimble for Snowy Range Music Festival

Here’s a new song that was released in September at a Crimestoppers fundraiser in New Orleans. Another Murder in New Orleans is the first song New Orleans music legends Dr. John and Bobby Rush have recorded together. The songwriter is Laramie native Carl Gustafson, and as he explains, the song came out of a meeting with producer Donald Markowitz, who had Gustafson leaf through the New Orleans newspaper, the Times-Picayune…

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