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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.

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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.

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.

Michael Weintrob

Violinist Tim Fain’s work has ranged from the traditional to the cutting edge – using screens, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence in his musical creations. He joined Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard to discuss his music.

Tim Fain will be performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Wyoming Symphony at the John F. Welsh Auditorium in Casper Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Archives On The Air 21: Jack Benny's "Magic" Violin

Jul 16, 2018
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Legendary entertainer Jack Benny was a pretty good violinist. In 1911 Benny was a 17-year old professional violinist playing in Chicago’s vaudeville theaters.

But Benny found more success with his comic timing than the violin. By 1921, his fiddle was more of a prop and comedy took over.

A running gag was his hopeless attempts to play the violin. He made the illusion seem real by trying to play pieces too difficult for his skill level.

Megan Goodner

Award-winning musician Gaelynn Lea is a one-woman show. The NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Concert winner plays whimsical and haunting violin lines, looping them while she sings both hopeful and somber lyrics over top. As she sings, Lea holds the violin in an original way—upright, like a cello—to accommodate her small frame.

Comedian And Musician Steve Goodie On Wyoming Sounds

May 4, 2018
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Steve Goodie on Wyoming Sounds recorded 05/04/18.

Texas Country Musician Paul Cauthen Live On Wyoming Sounds

Feb 17, 2017
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Country musician Paul Cauthen live on 2/17/17 during Wyoming Public Radio's Wyoming Sounds.

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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.

 

Ann Marsden

 

After public universities opened their doors to women, the chance to study music composition opened up as well. But the best known, highest paid composers still tend to be men. Composer Libby Larsen is one notable exception - she is the eminent musician-in-residence at the University of Wyoming for the 2016 – 2017 academic year.

She joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard to talk about her distinctly American-sounding music and some of the biggest challenges still facing female composers.

Sharon Martinson

CORRECTION: In the audio of this story, as in a previous Web version, musician Jalan Crossland suggests making a cake by using an Altoids tin and wiring it to a car battery. Crossland now says he was joking. To be clear: This should not be attempted. Short-circuiting a car battery can cause the battery to overheat and potentially explode.

For many Americans, summer means road trips. So Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer checked in with a couple of touring musicians for some pro-tips you can use the next time you hit the open road.

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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.

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

Luke Bell: Rattlesnake Man

Oct 6, 2014
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Anna Rader

Georgia native Danny Brewer is the front man of indie-folk band Besides Daniel. His songs are deeply emotionally, with natural acoustic riffs and soulful melodies. His third album release, This Marvelous Grief, has been featured on NPR.

Micah Schweizer

Pierce Pettis is one of America’s finest singer-songwriters. His songs have been covered by artists including Dar Williams, Garth Brooks, and Joan Baez. His rich, chiming guitar sound comes from the use of open tunings. Here’s a song that draws from Pierce’s Alabama roots.

Ben Slater

Dakota Dave Hull is one of America’s premier finger-style guitarists. Based in Minnesota, Dakota Dave logs a lot of miles touring, so here’s a composition that fades out like the highway receding in the rear-view mirror.

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.

Anna Rader

Armed with an acoustic guitar and a looping pedal, Sheridan’s Ethan Chartier creates a one-man band drawing on rock, funk and jam-band influences.

Anna Rader

John Fadial teaches violin at the University of Wyoming. On Thursday, April 17 he’ll perform with pianist Theresa Bogard at 7:30 pm at the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall. Fadial says the recital emphasizes contemporary repertoire for violin and piano written since 1995, including works by Richard Danielpour, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Arvo Pärt.

Micah Schweizer

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Buddy MacDonald is a fixture in the Cape Breton music scene and is no stranger to Wyoming, either. Here’s a song that fits both places.

Anna Rader

Even though he doesn’t like the term, Laramie’s Jeff Duloz is a formidable one-man band, with crunchy guitar and primal kick drum underpinning his simmering vocals.

Anna Rader

An example of Cheyenne-based Sleeping Cranes’ fragile, poetic music.

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12-year-old Laramie pianist James Wilson was one of only two Americans to compete in the prestigious Lagny-sur-Marne piano competition in Paris last month.

Anna Rader

Wyoming singer-songwriter Doug Balmain blends  genres from Americana, rock, blues, to red dirt country. With a personal fusion of styles and honest lyrics, Doug performs his tune "Home" at the Wyoming Public Media studios.

Micah Schweizer

New York-based bluesman Reverend Freakchild brings some old-time religion to Single Shot Live.

Sydney Dalis was given the opportunity to speak with musician Shakey Graves about his experiences in Wyoming, specifically Yellowstone Park. This aired during Morning Music with Grady Kirkpatrick.

Because this was recorded during WPR’s fall pledge drive, we have thoughtfully edited out the talking. Enjoy the music of Casper-born, New Orleans-residing Spencer Bohren—guilt-free!

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