Music

Micah Schweizer

Four students from Julian Saporiti's 'American Popular Music: Songwriting' class at the University of Wyoming stopped by the WPM studios on May 8 to record two songs they wrote during the class.

Billing themselves as 'The Millenials,' the group performed a song written in the style of a '60s girl group but with lyrics written from the perspective of a 21st century woman.

Stay tuned for an upcoming feature on Single Shot Live

Anna Rader

Mosey West, based in Fort Collins, Colorado, plays a song from their newest EP, ‘Bermuda.’

Summer 2014 Festivals

May 7, 2014
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Now until August 31, take a photo of you (and your friends) at a Wyoming music festival, use the hashtag and post it to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We'll collect all of the photos taken this summer and feature them on our website!

June 7: Hiwater Hoedown at The Yard. Saratoga, WY: www.facebook.com/theyardsaratoga

Anna Rader

Armed with an acoustic guitar and a looping pedal, Sheridan’s Ethan Chartier creates a one-man band drawing on rock, funk and jam-band influences.

Anna Rader

John Fadial teaches violin at the University of Wyoming. On Thursday, April 17 he’ll perform with pianist Theresa Bogard at 7:30 pm at the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall. Fadial says the recital emphasizes contemporary repertoire for violin and piano written since 1995, including works by Richard Danielpour, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Arvo Pärt.

Micah Schweizer

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Buddy MacDonald is a fixture in the Cape Breton music scene and is no stranger to Wyoming, either. Here’s a song that fits both places.

Anna Rader

Even though he doesn’t like the term, Laramie’s Jeff Duloz is a formidable one-man band, with crunchy guitar and primal kick drum underpinning his simmering vocals.

The University of Wyoming is hosting its first annual jazz festival Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28. Both days are filled with concerts by high school and middle school jazz groups from around Wyoming. Guest artists from around the country will provide feedback to the performers and conduct clinics with the groups. UW professor and festival organizer Scott Turpen says first and foremost, the festival is about education.

Anna Rader

An example of Cheyenne-based Sleeping Cranes’ fragile, poetic music.

On Thursday, March 6, the University of Wyoming Symphony is collaborating with two guest artists: jazz harmonica virtuoso Gregoire Maret and visiting conductor Tonu Kalam. Kalam has directed professional orchestras around the world, and for more than two decades, he’s directed the University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer asked Kalam what he most enjoys about conducting student orchestras.

Micah Schweizer

Here’s a new song from Mississippi-raised, Laramie-based singer-songwriter Jason Burge.

Worlds of Music brings international musical styles to rural Wyoming. That includes a Balkan-style brass band this weekend in Buffalo. The Seattle-based 15-piece Orkestar Zirkonium will work with local schools and put on a series of free shows and workshops for the public. Worlds of Music organizer David Romtvedt says the group even plans a friendly takeover of downtown Buffalo.

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12-year-old Laramie pianist James Wilson was one of only two Americans to compete in the prestigious Lagny-sur-Marne piano competition in Paris last month.

Anna Rader

Wyoming singer-songwriter Doug Balmain blends  genres from Americana, rock, blues, to red dirt country. With a personal fusion of styles and honest lyrics, Doug performs his tune "Home" at the Wyoming Public Media studios.

Grammy-award winning jazz group, the Yellowjackets, will perform with the University of Wyoming Jazz Ensemble Thursday night. The Yellowjackets will also conduct workshops with UW musicians.  UW Jazz Ensemble director Scott Turpen says the Yellowjackets’ visit is part of the music department’s Eminent Artist-in-Residence program.

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Maestro Gerard Schwarz raises his baton at the University of Wyoming. The former Seattle Symphony Orchestra director has 13 Grammy nominations and two Emmy wins to his credit, among numerous other awards. Tonight (Feb. 6), he’ll conduct three university ensembles in a public performance at the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 PM. UW music department chair Theresa Bogard says Schwarz is honing the student groups’ sound.

Paul Montoya

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

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.

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.

Anna Rader

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

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.

Tonight's act is Hectic Hobo, a gypsy rock band from Salt Lake City. Sort of like an updated version of old west saloon music. UW Student Miles Griffith booked the band.

Micah Schweizer

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

The Ranch Breakfast Show Celebrates 33 Years

Jan 8, 2014
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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.

Anna Rader

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

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

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

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

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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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.

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!

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