Music

Live From Wyoming 4th Of July

Jun 22, 2020
City of Laramie

Wyoming Public Media, the City of Laramie Parks and Recreation, Wyoming Community Foundation and Wyoming Humanities are collaborating on a statewide event for this 4th of July.

courtesy of Laura Huckin

Even as businesses and public areas begin to re-open, the threat of a serious outbreak in Wyoming remains. In response, a choral festival out of Jackson is taking its event online, keeping attendees - and singers - safe.

Ben Markley

As people stay at home due to COVID-19, it's harder for musicians to play music together. And a lot of them miss it. So one Wyoming artist came up with a creative way to collaborate.


Sound Wave Events in Boise, Idaho, is usually busy with weddings and graduation parties this time of year. But with most gatherings now canceled, the business has pivoted to block parties.

"If you told me a month ago that we would be DJing out of the back of a truck I would not have believed you," said Sound Wave owner Kristin Cole.

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."

Watch Wyoming's Entries For NPR's 2020 Tiny Desk Contest

Apr 29, 2020
npr.org

As you may know, NPR put out another call for undiscovered bands to enter a contest to play a Tiny Desk Concert in Washington, D.C. A number of Wyoming musicians filmed themselves behind-and in front of-their own 'desks'.

Check out all of the entries here. Watch the Cowboy State's contest entries below.

If we're missing your video, let us know and we'll add it to our YouTube playlist.

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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The coronavirus pandemic has put an indefinite hold on live events, and musicians are among those losing out. So performers are turning to the internet as a virtual concert venue.

Courtesy University of Wyoming Art Museum

Arts organizations throughout Wyoming are stepping up with creative online activities while the coronavirus epidemic keeps people home.

Pinedale Singer-Songwriter Jared Rogerson Live On Wyoming Sounds

Mar 12, 2020
Micah Schweizer

Jared Rogerson live on Wyoming Sounds recorded 3/12/20.

Taryn Bradley

Low Water String Band live on Wyoming Sounds recorded 3/06/20.

michaelgbatdorf.com

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.

Wyoming Symphony Orchestra

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra in Casper celebrates its 70th anniversary this season. The orchestra is also marking Beethoven's 250th birthday and the 150th anniversary of women's suffrage in Wyoming.

Poll Results: Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2019

Dec 31, 2019

The Best Music Of 2019

We asked listeners to vote from two lists, the top albums of 2019 and the top Wyoming albums of 2019, and we received an abundance of votes! Thanks to everyone who voted and thank you for listening to Wyoming Sounds. 

You have to be looking for Juan Pablo Mijares’s violin shop to find it. The storefront is tucked deep behind an alleyway in downtown Colorado Springs. Small details make the place feel decidedly old world, from the carved wooden sign above the entrance to the plink of violin strings that serve as door chimes. On a recent visit to Mijares’s shop, he says some of his customers declare the place is even otherworldly.

Ben Winship

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

Vote For The Best Music Of 2019

Dec 9, 2019

Do you have favorite albums from this year? Now's your chance to tell us! One vote per person please and the deadline is midnight on December 28. We'll play back all your favorites on Wyoming Sounds, Tuesday, December 31 and Wednesday, January 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Laramie-Based Western Americana Band Pluck! On Wyoming Sounds

Dec 6, 2019
Anna Rader

Pluck! live on Wyoming Sounds recorded 12/06/19.

Anna Rader

Rob Weimann live on Wyoming Sounds recorded 11/15/19.

Anna Rader

Aaron Davis & The Mystery Machine live on Wyoming Sounds recorded 10/18/19.

Singer-Songwriter David G Smith On Wyoming Sounds

Sep 24, 2019
Anna Rader

David G Smith live on Wyoming Sounds recorded 9/24/19.

Riverton High School

The University of Wyoming marching band "Western Thunder" took a trip to Riverton to perform at a high school football game against Cody. The event, called "Bring the Thunder" is part of an effort to get students excited about going to college - and to recruit new members of the marching band. Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher was there to see the two bands meet, and she sent us this postcard.

Jazz Musician Peter Queal & Friends On Wyoming Sounds

Sep 6, 2019
Melaina Nielson

Peter Queal live on Wyoming Sounds recorded 9/6/19.

Tess Anderson

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

Anna Rader

John Sidle live on Wyoming Sounds recorded 8/27/19.

Anna Rader

Reverend Freakchild live on Wyoming Sounds recorded 8/22/19.

Anna Rader

Jason Tyler Burton live on Wyoming Sounds recorded 8/09/19.

Alec Schaffer

Kelly Hunt live on Wyoming Sounds recorded 8/6/19.

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