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The snow is piled outside the small yellow shop. The signage outside says "Diamonds, Jade, and Indian Jewelry" because the building used to be a jewelry shop. Now, it holds a different sort of precious commodity: musical instruments.

J Shogren

Music and conversation with Laramie musician J. Shogren. Grady Kirkpatrick talks with J. about his latest album Slow Bird Winter.

stollvaughan.com

Music and conversation with Stoll Vaughan from Kentucky. Grady Kirkpatrick talks with Stoll about his latest album Desires Shape, his songwriting collaboration with the Allman Betts band and a Wyoming fish story.

iamwyomingband.com

Grady Kirkpatrick recently spoke with Shawn Day from the Sheridan-based band Wyoming. They talk about the new song and video "9 - 5" and also about a University of Wyoming reunion at a renowned studio in Laurel Canyon, California.

Amanda Charchian

Grady Kirkpatrick talked with Joachim Cooder about his new album "Over That Road I'm Bound: the Songs of Uncle Dave Macon."

Red Butte Band

Grady Kirkpatrick spoke with Jerry Mitchell of from the Casper-based band Red Butte. They talk about the origins of the band and recent new recordings plus a new video of the song "Cincinnati."

Grady Kirkpatrick talks with Wyoming musician Bob LeFevre about the release of the new album Bob LeFevre and the Already Gone.

Inland Isle

Grady Kirkpatrick recently spoke with Jackson, Wyoming based indie folk rock band Inland Isle about their new song "Celestine" from their forthcoming album, Time Has Changed Us.

University of Wyoming

The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly disruptive for musicians. Some solo performers and small ensembles have figured out creative ways to keep performing, but for symphony orchestras, which can have upwards of 80 players on stage, the problem of safe performances is especially complex. As he explained to Wyoming Public Radio's Micah Schweizer, figuring out a way forward has been occupying University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra conductor Michael Griffith's time. The Symphony has its first fall concert scheduled for October 1.

University of Wyoming Western Thunder Marching Band / Facebook


This time of year usually means the start of college football. Not this year. Without game days and big crowds of tailgaters, college towns across the Mountain West and beyond look different - and sound a lot different, too.

If this was a normal year, right now, thousands of people would be flocking to the middle of the northern Nevada desert to watch “The Man” burn. But it’s not a normal year, and this year’s Burning Man counterculture outdoor festival has been canceled along with many, many live events across the region. That’s taking its toll on the arts, the community and the economy. 

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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.

Concerts and music festivals around the Mountain West have been canceled due to COVID-19, but not all of them.


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.

Western Musicians Adapt To A World Without Gigs

Mar 27, 2020
https://www.westernaf.net/

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.

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