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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...

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

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

11/15/2018
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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

Amy Ray's Music Hollers 'Subversiveness With A Smile'

11/8/2018
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Amy Ray , who is one-half of the Indigo Girls duo, has always leaned toward the rockier side of folk-rock, but neither "folk" nor "rock" fully describes the breadth of her solo work. It's infused with a Southern punk feel she likes to call "subversiveness with a smile." On the next “Musician’s Spotlight,” Amy Ray returns to chat with host John Floridis about her most recent recording Holler , and to reflect on her decades-long career.

Duration:00:29:27

Caitlin Canty's Grit And Ache Cohabit The 'Motel Bouquet'

10/25/2018
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Caitlin Canty is an American singer and songwriter whose music carves a line through folk, blues, and country ballads. "Motel Bouquet," Canty’s third record, was produced by Grammy-nominated Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers) and recorded live over three days in Nashville. Rolling Stone hails "Motel Bouquet" as “dreamy and daring” with “poetic lyrics and haunting melodies.”

Duration:00:29:26

Allison Miller Plays Drums Like A Girl

10/18/2018
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For more than three decades, New York jazz drummer, composer, bandleader and teacher Allison Miller has been merrily improvising her way into new musical genres and projects. Miller, whom the DownBeat Magazine Critics' Poll named "Rising Star Drummer" and "Top 20 Jazz Drummer," is the driving force behind albums by Natalie Merchant, Brandi Carlile, Ani DiFranco, Joey Arias, Pino Daniele, Erin McKeown and many others.

Duration:00:29:26

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

9/27/2018
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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

Nathan East: You've Been Listening To Him For Years Without Knowing It

9/20/2018
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Just two years after he'd taken up the bass guitar, sixteen-year-old Nathan East found himself on the road with Barry White. The next time the phone rang, Quincy Jones was on the line. The calls kept coming, and for more than forty years, East has been holding down the bass on hit songs with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, and Daft Punk.

Duration:00:29:27

Suzanne Santo's Americana-Noir Debut Purrs And Broods

9/13/2018
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Suzanne Santo , the fiddling, banjo-playing frontwoman for the duo HoneyHoney, lays out genre-crossing, self-penned songs on her first solo recording, “Ruby Red.” A reviewer described HoneyHoney’s first album as “taking its cue from Appalachian folk, country ballads, jazz and Quentin Tarantino films.”

Duration:00:29:25

2018 Crown Of The Continent Guitar Festival Round-Up

8/30/2018
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John Floridis profiles the roster of musicians playing the 2018 Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival in Bigfork, Montana, August 28 - September 1. Listen to Montana Public Radio at 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 31st for highlights from the festival's Thursday performance featuring Poco with Rusty Young, Justin Townes Earle, and Guthrie Brown.

Duration:00:58:48

The Lucky Valentines: New And Used Americana From Fort Benton

8/30/2018
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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

Malcolm Holcombe: A Southern, Guitar-Playing 'Bard Of Broken Hearts'

8/24/2018
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In August 2017, on his way to Missoula's River City Roots Festival, Malcolm Holcombe , a troubadour of "hill-country high poetry," stopped by MTPR to record a few tunes and visit with host John Floridis.

Duration:00:29:25

Malcolm Holcombe: A Southern, Guitar-Playing 'Bard Of Broken Hearts'

8/24/2018
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In August 2017, on his way to Missoula's River City Roots Festival, Malcolm Holcombe , a troubadour of "hill-country high poetry," stopped by MTPR to record a few tunes and visit with host John Floridis.

Duration:00:29:25

Erica von Kleist Plays Jazz And Builds The Flathead Valley's 'Music Biodome'

8/9/2018
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Erica von Kleist graduated from Julliard in 2004 with a jazz degree, and spent the next ten years in New York City working: as a pianist, saxophonist and flautist, a bandleader, a theater music director, a composer, and an arranger. She collaborated with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Chris Potter, Broadway star Eric Michael Krop, the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Rufus Reid, and Anne Hampton Callaway, among many others.

Duration:00:29:25

I'm With Her: A Band Of Harmonizing Soloists

8/2/2018
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Solo musicians Sara Watkins, Aoife O’Donovan and Sarah Jarosz discovered a strong musical bond while jamming onstage at the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and after follow-up group appearances, they formed a band called I’m With Her .

Duration:00:17:15

I'm With Her: A Band Of Harmonizing Soloists

8/2/2018
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Solo musicians Sara Watkins, Aoife O’Donovan and Sarah Jarosz discovered a strong musical bond while jamming onstage at the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and after follow-up group appearances, they formed a band called I’m With Her .

Duration:00:17:15

Leni Stern Makes A Musical Statement, Merging African Music And Jazz

7/26/2018
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“It has always been a political act, a practice in strength and defiance, to be a woman and a bandleader, a female electric guitarist and composer, who puts out her own albums and manages her own career..." Those are the words of Leni Stern , German-born, New York-based electric guitarist, singer and composer.

Duration:00:29:26

Betsayda Machado's Music Is 'Vital, Accomplished, Local, Unplugged And Deeply-Rooted'

7/12/2018
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On their “Sabrosito Rico” tour in 2017, Venezuelan Afro-Soul tambor venezolano musicians Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo simultaneously mesmerized and energized audiences, including those at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival. Felix Contreras, host of NPR’s Alt.Latino , writes: “Watching Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo perform is like peering back in time. The music's roots extend to the Venezuelan slave trade, and while the vocals are in Spanish and not an African dialect, the...

Duration:00:29:26

Victor Wooten Is (More Than Just) The Michael Jordan Of The Bass

7/5/2018
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Victor Wooten is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished bass guitarists of his generation; he’s been named among the "Top 10 Bassists of All Time" by readers of Rolling Stone magazine. Wooten, who has released ten solo recordings, is a co-founder of the long-standing ‘blu-bop’ band, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

Duration:00:29:25

KT Tunstall's Latest Album Is 'A Phoenix From The Ashes'

5/31/2018
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After Mercury and Grammy nominations and 10 years of platinum-selling albums and chart-topping songs, Scottish musician and soundtrack composer KT Tunstall was tired of the spotlight and ready to leave professional music. Then, in 2012, her father, a physicist at the University of St. Andrews, died.

Duration:00:29:26

KT Tunstall's Latest Album Is 'A Phoenix From The Ashes'

5/31/2018
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After Mercury and Grammy nominations and 10 years of platinum-selling albums and chart-topping songs, Scottish musician and soundtrack composer KT Tunstall was tired of the spotlight and ready to leave professional music. Then, in 2012, her father, a physicist at the University of St. Andrews, died.

Duration:00:29:26

The Wood Brothers: Musical Democracy And Instrumental Telepathy

5/24/2018
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From childhood, Chris and Oliver Wood grew up hearing their dad's renditions of American roots music and their mother's poetry. They both became musicians: Oliver wrote songs and formed the blues/funk/r & b/country band, King Johnson, while Chris became a jazz bassist and co-founded the avant-groove trio, Medeski, Martin and Wood.

Duration:00:29:26