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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

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

Suzanne Santo's Americana-Noir Debut Purrs And Broods

6/14/2018
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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

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

6/7/2018
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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

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 on, 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

I'm With Her: A Band Of Harmonizing Soloists

5/17/2018
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Solo musicians Sarah Watkins, Aoife O’Donovan and Sara 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

Iron And Wine's Duty: Getting Lost In The Musical Process

5/10/2018
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For over a decade, Sam Beam has been creating music under the name Iron And Wine . Beam's cinematic songs have charmed listeners through five albums, numerous EPs and singles and the Archive series. Sam stopped by MTPR’s studios in fall 2017, where he recorded acoustic versions of several of his most popular songs and talked with host John Floridis about trusting his own trajectory and "getting lost in your own process and enthusiasms, because that's your only duty, as an artist."

Duration:00:29:26

Glory And Consequence In Ben Harper's Musical Career

4/19/2018
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Three-time Grammy award-winning, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Ben Harper met up with host John Floridis to talk shop at the Big Sky Amphitheater in Missoula in July, 2017. Harper’s eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock has earned him a devoted worldwide following throughout his career, which now spans more than a quarter-century. Hear from the artist (and avid skateboarder) who played his first gig at age 12, got a career kick-start from radio stations in...

Duration:00:29:26

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

4/5/2018
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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

John Lenti's Ax? A Six-Foot-Long, Fourteen-Stringed Theorbo

3/29/2018
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The Seattle Times calls the music of John Lenti “a joy to behold,” while Gramphone praises Lenti’s playing of theorbo, lute, archlute, and baroque guitar for its “nuanced beauty and character.” He deploys his “uncommonly big sound” (Third Coast Digest) to acclaim as a soloist and chamber musician.

Duration:00:29:26

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

3/15/2018
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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

Getting Schooled With Pianist, Teacher And Jazz Patriarch, Ellis Marsalis

3/15/2018
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Ellis Marsalis, Jr. is regarded by many as New Orleans’s premier modern jazz pianist. He’s been performing professionally for over fifty years, recording almost twenty albums of his own and guesting on many others, but primarily, Marsalis has focused on education, teaching at the University of New Orleans, Xavier University in Louisiana, and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.

Duration:00:29:26

Have Guitar, Will Travel: Luke Dowler, 2018

3/8/2018
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Luke Dowler writes songs that blend indie rock, pop and soul into a hard-to-pigeonhole style. Onstage solo, he live-loops and tells stories. With the group The Savage Gentlemen, Luke indulges his love of punk rock and blues. Following his debut solo recording in 2012, he's back for his second visit to "Musician’s Spotlight" with John Floridis.

Duration:00:29:26

Anders Osborne's Music: A 'Beautiful And Conquering Noise'

3/1/2018
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Combine potent song lyrics, soulful vocals and piercing guitar work and you've got the sound of New Orleans’s musical treasure, Anders Osborne , whom Guitar Player Magazine has called “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” Join host John Floridis for a conversation with Osborne about keeping a long musical career fresh and in synch with the musician’s own process of maturation.

Duration:00:29:25

'Traditional American Chamber Music' From Darol Anger, Emy Phelps And The Furies

2/22/2018
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Over forty years ago, as part of the David Grisman Quintet, multi-instrumentalist Darol Anger became a young founding father of "Dawg Grass," an influential melding of bluegrass, newgrass, classical and jazz. He has continued breaking musical ground ever since, with the Turtle Island String Quartet, Montreux, Fiddlers Four, Psychograss, the Republic of Strings, Mike Marshall, Barbara Higbie, Scott Nygaard, Phil Aaberg and many others. He's a professor at the Berklee College of Music and an...

Duration:00:29:25

Noah Gundersen's Music May Be Just What The Soul Doctor Ordered

2/15/2018
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The songs on "White Noise," the latest recording from Seattle singer, guitarist and songwriter Noah Gundersen , draw comparisons to Jackson Browne, Neil Young and Iron & Wine. Fellow Seattleite Nancy Wilson of Heart raved, in 2011: “Noah Gundersen is my favorite new singer-songwriter. Music like this will never become dated. His timeless songs are full of true humanity and longing. Just what the soul doctor ordered.”

Duration:00:29:26

Clinton Fearon: Reggae Music From His Heart Straight To Your Feet

2/7/2018
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Originally from the reggae capitol of Kingston, Jamaica, composer, singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Clinton Fearon found a new home for his music in 1987 in Seattle - and since 2007, a unique connection with Butte, Montana. Whether it's the songs he wrote in the 1970s with the legendary band The Gladiators, or those written for his present group, The Boogie Brown Band, Clinton says: "Each one is a strong message coming from the heart of a man who dedicates his life to help a better...

Duration:00:29:26

Parker Millsap's Songs Bridge Saturday Night And Sunday Morning

2/1/2018
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24-year-old Oklahoma native Parker Millsap is quickly making a name for himself with his captivating live performances, soulful sound, and character-driven song narratives. He wrapped up a banner 2017, which included his network television debut on "Conan," an invitation to play with Elton John at the Apple Music Festival, an "Austin City Limits" taping and an Americana Music Association nomination for Album of the Year.

Duration:00:29:25

Deidre And David Casey's Symphonic Indie-Folk Is Cynicism-Free

1/25/2018
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David Casey returns to "Musician’s Spotlight," this time with his wife and partner in music, Deidre Casey. The couple met in college in Helena, Montana in 1991, forming Happy Cactus with Colin Meloy of The Decemberists and drummer Mark Schummer. Multi-instrumentalist David has recorded 7 other albums, both as part of Watercarvers Guild, and as a solo artist. "Little Fox, Little Bird" is Deidre and David's third recording together.

Duration:00:29:25