Grady Kirkpatrick

Program Director and Wyoming Sounds Host

Phone: 307-766-6624
Email: wkirkpa1@uwyo.edu 

 

Grady has taken a circuitous route from his hometown of Kansas City to Wyoming. Sometime after the London Bridge had fallen down, he moved to Arizona and attended Arizona State University and actually graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. ("He's a Lumberjack and he's OK……..!") He began his radio career in Prescott in 1982 and eventually returned to Kansas City where he continued in radio through the summer of 1991. Public Radio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky beckoned him to the bluegrass state where he worked as Operations/Program Manager at WKMS in Murray and WNKU in Highland Heights just across the Ohio from Cincinnati.

After 16 great years in Kentucky, Grady & Cheryl packed the family (2 kids, 2 cats, and a dog) and headed for Wyoming in the middle of winter to hire on as Music Director for Wyoming Public Media. He hosted Morning Music and now Wyoming Sounds and was also hired as Program Director. Besides radio, Grady has worked in construction and likes to play outdoors. (camp, fish, bike, hike, ski, golf). He loves music, of course, traveling, stargazing and American history.

Ways to Connect

facebook.com/DuaneBettsBand

Grady Kirkpatrick talked with guitarist, singer and songwriter Duane Betts of the Allman Betts Band about the new album Bless Your Heart, playing concerts again, riding horses and recently moving to the Jackson Hole area.

benyaro.com

Grady Kirkpatrick spoke with Wilson, Wyoming based musician Ben Musser aka Benyaro about his latest project the Searching for Fortune original score and soundtrack. You'll hear songs from the soundtrack including "Scotch," and "Lemonade," and "Wyoming."

Corb Lund

Grady Kirkpatrick talked with Canadian Western singer-songwriter Corb Lund about his new album Agricultural Tragic and a story about a hunting trip gone bad. Corb played shows in March in Laramie and Cheyenne that turned out to among his last before the pandemic shut down of concerts and events.

Mike Vanata

Grady Kirkpatrick talks with Wyoming native Alysia Kraft from the Ft. Collins folk-rock trio Whippoorwill about their latest release the Nature of Storms, sequestering in Riverside and the future of The Patti Fiasco.

Celebrate Public Radio Music Day with us, April 16, 2020.

Celebrate the first-ever Public Radio Music Day with us on Thursday, April 16! Stations across the country will highlight the special role noncommercial stations play in the music world both locally and nationally.

Wyoming Public Media provides three separate music stations with Classical Wyoming, Jazz Wyoming and Wyoming Sounds.

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Jackson Hole based singer, songwriter and musician Michael Batdorf released his eight studio album Proving Ground in 2019. He also released a new album with his band One Ton Pig. Michael spoke with Grady Kirkpatrick about his new music, moving from the Midwest to Wyoming, Tuesday nights at the Silver Dollar and camping in a tornado.

Ben Winship

Grady Kirkpatrick spoke with Teton Valley producer and musician, Ben Winship, about his 2019 albums Acorns and Toolshed.

Tess Anderson

Wyoming troubadour Jalan Crossland spoke with Grady Kirkpatrick ahead of his performance at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.

Andy Bardon

Jackson based musician and producer Aaron Davis spoke with Grady Kirkpatrick about his new album The Meander.

wyotheband.com

Los Angeles based indie-rock band WYO is set to release their second album Changes later this year. The band will be showcasing this month at South by Southwest in Austin and playing a show at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village March 30. WYO's music is inspired by the area around Jackson, Wyoming - the hometown of frontman, Andy Sorge. Grady Kirkpatrick recently spoke with Andy.

Multi-instrumentalist John McEuen is a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, a Grammy-winning producer and published author. He spoke with Grady Kirkpatrick before his performance at the Bighorn Mountain Festival in Buffalo from July of 2018.

John McEuen returned to Wyoming for shows with the String Wizards in Pinedale and Cheyenne in February 2019. Grady Kirkpatrick spoke again with John sharing music and stories.


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In celebration of the 80th birth anniversary of John Hartford on December 30, 2017, Wyoming Public Radio rebroadcast John Hartford: An American Treasure produced by Grady Kirkpatrick at WNKU Highland Heights, KY in June of 2001 shortly after John passed away from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Robert Earl Keen

  

  

Texas country artist Robert Earl Keen returned to Wyoming for a show at the Cowboy Saloon in Laramie in October of 2017. Grady Kirkpatrick talked with him before the show.

Bridget Kearney

    

Lake Street Dive is playing in Laramie Saturday night March 11 at the Gryphon Theatre. Grady Kirkpatrick recently spoke with band member Bridget Kearney about how they formed and about her debut solo album Won't Let You Down.

 

 

 

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Musician, writer and producer Leon Russell passed away November 13 at the age of 74. Russell’s wife, Jan Bridges, said in a statement that her husband died in his sleep at their Nashville home. Russell had heart bypass surgery in July and had been planning on resuming touring in January.

Leon Russell talked with Grady Kirkpatrick ahead of his show in Laramie Aug 6, 2013.

 

Mary-Keating Bruton

Grady Kirkpatrick talked to acclaimed singer-songwriter James McMurtry ahead of his June 11, 2016 show at the Cowboy Saloon in Laramie.

danhicks.net

Dan Hicks, musician singer and songwriter, died Saturday February 6, 2016 in Mill Valley after a long battle with throat and liver cancer. He was 74.

Mr. Hicks emerged in the San Francisco folk scene in the late ‘50’s and in 1965 became the drummer for the Charlatans, an early folk rock band. Two years later, he formed Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, the group with which he was best known.

Taylor Scott

  

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Taylor Scott from Cheyenne talked with Grady Kirkpatrick about his new EP from the Taylor Scott Band - "A Closer Look, The Second Glance."

Portions of songs are edited. For full release of EP go to taylorscottmusic.com. The EP will also be available on iTunes the week of October 26.

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WPR's Grady Kirkpatrick talked with musician, author, actor and painter Bobby Bridger about his new release Vagabond Heart.

Wyoming Public Media

Michael Martin Murphey (of "Wildfire" and "Carolina In the Pines" fame) talked with Grady Kirkpatrick and played a few songs.

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The Best Music Of 2014

We received a record amount of votes this year! Thanks to everyone who voted and thank you for listening to Morning Music. Here are WPR's Top 20 CD's of 2014 from listener votes:

Diana Denison

Laramie-based jazz guitarist and vocalist Peter Queal visited on November 19th with Grady Kirkpatrick on Morning Music. They talked about the Queal’s new CD Humility and played a few tracks.

Thanks for voting for the Best Music Of 2014

We added up listener picks, compiled the Top 20, and played all the tunes on Morning Music during December 31st and January 1st.

See the results!

Wyoming Public Radio presents a rare performance and interview with Jonathan Richman ahead of his show at the historic Hynds Building in Cheyenne Tuesday night, June 24.  Grady Kirkpatrick will talk with Mr. Richman about his music spanning from the early 70’s with the band the Modern Lovers through today. Tune in at 11:15am, only on Morning Music.

Jalan Crossland

Join Grady Kirkpatrick on Morning Music Friday, June 20, at 11:15am for a conversation with Wyoming troubadour Jalan Crossland and bass player/vocalist Shaun Kelly. They'll play selections from and talk about the Jalan Crossland new release "No Cause For Despair", his seventh album. 

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

npr.org/blogs/bestmusic2013

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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Saturday at 8:00pm on Wyoming Public Radio and Sunday at Noon on Jazz Wyoming.

Jazz legend Marian McPartland, who hosted the eponymous Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR for three decades, died peacefully Tuesday night at her home on Long Island, NY. She was 95.

Leon Russell talked with Grady Kirkpatrick ahead of his show in Laramie Aug 6, 2013.

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