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Today's most talented and compelling musicians visit Musicians' Spotlight to "talk shop" and give you a deeper insight into their music. Host and producer John Floridis brings his own musical expertise along with over a decade and a half of experience conducting interviews. Guests on the show have included legendary musicians like B.B King; Alison Krauss; Lyle Lovett; Wilco; Brandi Carlile; Daryl Jones of the Rolling Stones; The Cowboy Junkies; Richard Thompson; Mary Chapin Carpenter; Bruce Cockburn; Shawn Colvin; and Chris Hillman of the Byrds; along with talented Montana artists like Jeni Flemming, Tom Catmull, Martha Scanlan, John Dunnigan, Jenn Adams, Jack Gladstone and Eden Atwood.

Today's most talented and compelling musicians visit Musicians' Spotlight to "talk shop" and give you a deeper insight into their music. Host and producer John Floridis brings his own musical expertise along with over a decade and a half of experience conducting interviews. Guests on the show have included legendary musicians like B.B King; Alison Krauss; Lyle Lovett; Wilco; Brandi Carlile; Daryl Jones of the Rolling Stones; The Cowboy Junkies; Richard Thompson; Mary Chapin Carpenter; Bruce Cockburn; Shawn Colvin; and Chris Hillman of the Byrds; along with talented Montana artists like Jeni Flemming, Tom Catmull, Martha Scanlan, John Dunnigan, Jenn Adams, Jack Gladstone and Eden Atwood.
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Missoula, MT

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Today's most talented and compelling musicians visit Musicians' Spotlight to "talk shop" and give you a deeper insight into their music. Host and producer John Floridis brings his own musical expertise along with over a decade and a half of experience conducting interviews. Guests on the show have included legendary musicians like B.B King; Alison Krauss; Lyle Lovett; Wilco; Brandi Carlile; Daryl Jones of the Rolling Stones; The Cowboy Junkies; Richard Thompson; Mary Chapin Carpenter; Bruce Cockburn; Shawn Colvin; and Chris Hillman of the Byrds; along with talented Montana artists like Jeni Flemming, Tom Catmull, Martha Scanlan, John Dunnigan, Jenn Adams, Jack Gladstone and Eden Atwood.

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Episodes

Pat Martino's A Jazz Legend Who Had To Master The Guitar Twice

8/22/2019
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Pat Martino had been playing jazz guitar professionally for 19 years in 1980 when a severe brain aneurysm sent him into life-saving surgery - and then into life-altering amnesia. He barely recognized his own parents, let alone his guitar, and felt as if he had been "dropped cold, empty, neutral, cleansed ... naked." Martino's long journey back from that musical erasure began with his father playing back his own recordings for him. Slowly, he taught himself how to play again. By the early...

Duration:00:29:27

Edgar Winter Hitches A 'Free Ride' Through American Musical Culture

8/1/2019
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The 1970s hits "Frankenstein" and "Free Ride" may have been your gateway to keyboardist, guitarist, saxophonist, percussionist, singer, songwriter and record producer Edgar Winter . But Winter is no two-hit wonder; his music is all over "Netherworld," "Air America," "Dazed and Confused," "My Cousin Vinny," "Wayne's World 2" and "The Simpsons." He's toured in Ringo Starr's band and played with his band on late-night tv talk shows. Winter even popped up in a Miller Lite commercial, which may...

Duration:00:29:27

Darko Butorac Uses The Language Of Gesture To Turn Ideas Into Music

7/24/2019
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If you've attended a Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale concert since 2007, you've watched energetic music director Darko Butorac on the podium, gesturing the classical masterworks to life. 2019 marks the year when he trims his directing duties down from three orchestras to two, in Asheville and Tallahassee. Butorac talks with host John Floridis about his final MSO season, his favorite pieces to conduct, his top five "desert island" composers, and parallels between conducting music and...

Duration:00:29:27

Justin Townes Earle's Songs Lope, Mope, Swagger And Swing

7/18/2019
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Justin Townes Earle carries the names of a pair of troubadour heroes: his father, Steve Earle and his father’s mentor, Townes Van Zandt. Like both, Justin is a recording, performing musician; like both, addiction is one of his oldest adversaries. And like both, Justin Townes Earle has become a sharp songwriter, conjuring, as Skip Anderson puts it, “memorable characters into relatable songs that Americana fans love and latter-day country radio loves to overlook.”

Duration:00:29:27

The Greek Rebetiko Trio Sings Those 'Greek Blues'

7/11/2019
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A hundred years ago in Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, the wailing sounds of rebetiko might have dominated the ambiance of a taverna , a hashish den - even a barbershop. Set to Greek and Anatolian rhythms by refugees who'd fled the Greco-Turkish wars for port cities like Piraeus, these 19th and early 20th-century songs of poverty, love, drug addiction, matchmaking, sorrow and migration reflected the lives of people in the urban underground. Today's shorthand for the genre is the "Greek blues."...

Duration:00:29:27

Moira Smiley’s Latest Album Answers The Question, 'Why Sing?'

6/27/2019
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She sings “old modal folk songs” with Solas one week and performs with the indie band tUnE-yArDs the next. You might catch her with her own group as they re-imagine the piano miniatures of Bartók, or at a choir rehearsal of her original choral compositions. Musical improviser and experimenter Moira Smiley returns to “Musician’s Spotlight” on the heels of her latest release, “Unzip The Horizon.” About it, she says: “The lonesome freedom and experience of years on tour were midwife to this...

Duration:00:29:30

Riyaaz Qawwali Are Austin's Ambassadors of Sufi 'Gospel' Music

6/20/2019
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Their hypnotic repertoire may be more than 700 years old, but every time the members of Riyaaz Qawwali take the stage, they introduce a new audience to the rhythms and melodies of qawwali. For the last twelve years, from their home in Austin, Texas, the band has toured to bring alive the joyous sounds of this South Asian music, played on harmonium, violin, tabla and handclaps, and sung in Urdu, Punjabi, Persian and Brajbhasha.

Duration:00:29:25

Russ Nasset: Missoula's Americana Revelator

6/12/2019
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If you attended college in Missoula any time in the last 25 years, you probably closed down the Union Club dancing to Russ Nasset and the Revelators at least once. Nasset takes his inspiration from the songs and styles passed down to him from a childhood spent in Shelby, on Montana’s Hi-Line. "I love that '50s and '60s honky-tonk sound. I like to say we rock up the country and country up the rock."

Duration:00:29:27

Hermina Jean's Songs Conjure The 'Hot Grey' Of August

6/5/2019
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Hermina Jean , the founder of the popular Missoula alt-folk band, Butter, returns to "Musician’s Spotlight" to discuss her recent move to solo performing and recording.

Duration:00:29:26

Howard Levy Is A One-Man Harmonica Revolution

5/30/2019
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When Howard Levy pulls out an ordinary harmonica, extraordinary sounds emerge. From intricate jazz solos to his "Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica and Orchestra,” he's stretched the little instrument beyond its ostensible limits. “Coltrane is my musical hero, along with Bach,” says Levy. “I just always wanted to try to play some of those tunes on the harmonica." In the 1970s, Levy came up with his own technique to play the full chromatic scale on a diatonic harmonica, and his ongoing...

Duration:00:29:27

Judy Collins's Remarkable Voice, Vitality And Activism Are No Accident

5/16/2019
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This edition of Musician's Spotlight features one of the linchpins of late 20th-century American popular and folk music, the singer who popularized classic songs by writers both beloved and unknown: Joni Mitchell, Woody Guthrie, Leonard Cohen, Pete Seeger, Ian Tyson, Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim, Kurt Weill -- and "trad. arr. Collins." Starting with 1961's "Maid of Constant Sorrow" all the way up to 2017's "Everybody Knows" (with Stephen Stills) and into the present, her recording and...

Duration:00:29:26

Kristin Korb: 'Traveling Groove Merchant' And Yes, Singer

5/9/2019
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There aren't many jazz bassists who can sing with such ease, skill and style that you forget they're also playing bass. Ten recordings and several world tours into her performing career, Montanan Kristin Korb wields her double bass and woos audiences with romantic, danceable tunes that reflect her reverence for melody - like the songs of Johnny Mercer, whose unpublished "orphaned" texts Korb set to music and recorded on "Beyond the Moon." Korb teaches widely and performs and records with the...

Duration:00:29:25

Join 'Creativity Whisperer' Beth Nielsen Chapman In The 'Musician's Spotlight'

5/2/2019
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Singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman has carved out a career of over two-and-a-half decades, writing hit songs for artists like Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride and Bette Midler, while creating a niche for her own recordings and performances - and simultaneously overcoming significant life challenges and losses. But that only scratches the surface of this dynamo of creativity. "Musician's Spotlight" host John Floridis says one of the biggest challenges of this interview is to...

Duration:00:29:25

Béla Fleck On Bach, Bird, Scruggs - And Musical Truth

4/18/2019
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Complete this sentence: " Béla Fleck is to the banjo as ______ is to the _______." Louis Armstrong to the trumpet? Jimi Hendrix to the guitar? Clara Rockmore to the theremin? Among North American banjo players, only Earl Scruggs is as legendary (to diehard fans of bluegrass) for pioneering new techniques on this instrument. From his early tutelage with Tony Trischka and nine years with the New Grass Revival to ingenuity with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones and masters of other genres - as well...

Duration:00:29:25

'Musician's Spotlight' Extended Interviews: Darko Butorac

4/13/2019
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Missoula Symphony Orchestra director Darko Butorac was praised by the Westdeutsche Zeitung for his “exceptional combination of passion, elegance and well‐timed pacing” and has established himself as a conductor in demand with orchestras both in Europe and the Americas. Darko stopped by the studios of Montana Public Radio in the fall of 2018 to discuss his final season in Missoula and what lies ahead in his career.

Duration:00:39:48

Wayne Horvitz's Compositions Are A 'Sonic Playground, Full Of Wild Rides'

4/4/2019
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Composer, musical improviser and pianist Wayne Horvitz 's body of work sounds as eclectic as a short list of his ensembles: The Royal Room Collective; Sweeter Than The Day; The Gravitas Quartet; Electronic Circus; The President; Pigpen; Zony Mash. His collaborators include video artists, filmmakers, choreographers, performance artists, actors, poets and novelists - when he's not busy playing sideman to Carla Bley, Bill Frisell, Marty Ehrlich or John Zorn.

Duration:00:29:25

George Winston's Piano Music Is A Soundtrack, Sans Film

2/7/2019
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Montana-raised George Winston , one of the best-known performers of contemporary instrumental music, returns to "Musician's Spotlight" for an update on his career, his recovery from illness, and his most recent recording, "Spring Carousel."

Duration:00:29:27

The Dustbowl Revival Sounds Like An 'All-American Sonic Safari'

1/10/2019
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In 2007, Zach Lupetin posted a Craigslist ad in search of fellow Angelitos who loved playing brass and string band music. With trumpet and trombone, mandolin and fiddle, wah-wah pedals and bull fiddle, The Dustbowl Revival 's sound melds the Great Depression with the Great Recession, the Stax catalog with the post-fire streets of Chicago. Join host John Floridis in conversation with The Dustbowl Revival founder, Zach Lupetin.

Duration:00:29:28

Musician's Spotlight Winter Holiday Music Retrospective

12/20/2018
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John Floridis hosts a holiday retrospective edition of "Musician's Spotlight," featuring music by artists who have appeared on the show during the past two decades. You'll hear music by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; Derek Trucks with McCoy Tyner; NewGrange; John Gorka; Jerry Douglas; Alison Krauss with Natalie MacMaster; Karan Casey; and The Indigo Girls with Brandi Carlile. Pour a glass, light a fire in the fireplace and enjoy this tribute to the season with John Floridis and "Musician's...

Duration:00:29:26

The Lucky Valentines: New And Used Americana From Fort Benton

12/13/2018
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Shaun and Jamie Carrier of The Lucky Valentines met playing tunes at a fundraiser in Fort Benton, Montana. Cupid’s arrow pierced them and their shared love of classical music, rock ‘n roll, alt-country, blues, indie, Christian and folk music.

Duration:00:29:23