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On Thursday, October 8th at 2:30pm, singer/songwriter Martin Sexton will be here for a special live session on Open Air ahead of his One World concert that night.

III, the third full-length effort from the L.A.-based duo, is an album born from fascination with the sweet and the sleazy, light and dark, danger and magic.

Ben Folds has had a brilliant career that includes multiple studio albums, a pair documenting his renowned live performances, a remix collection, music for film and TV, an all a capella record, as well as collaborations with artists spanning Sara Bareilles and Amanda Palmer to Nick Hornby and William Shatner.

On Friday, October 2nd at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with singer/songwriter Whetherman on Open Air.

Bassist Gary Peacock Is At The Soloist's Service

Sep 7, 2015

Formed in 2010, The Wild Reeds began as a three-part harmony girl group featuring Kinsey Lee, Sharon Silva, and Mackenzie Howe. Over the past year, they've transitioned (with the addition of Nick Jones, who contributes drums and percussions, and bassist Nick Phakpiseth) to a full indie folk rock force that has been sweeping the West Coast. All three women in the group are skilled vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, incorporating guitar, harmonium, banjo, and auto harp into many of their performances.

Considering Country

Sep 1, 2015
David McClister

There are two kinds of music:

Good music, and the other kind

– Duke Ellington

Recently, a listener asked: “What’s with all the country music all of a sudden on the Rhythm & News Service?” Is there? In many ways, it’s a difficult question to answer, but it’s a fascinating topic that deserves some attention.

On Friday, September 25th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke on Open Air.

Soleil Rowan

Back in February, NPR announced Fantastic Negrito as the winner of their inaugural Tiny Desk Concert Contest. Here at JPR, we watched nearly 35 excellent videos submitted by musicians from our region and decided to select our own winner -- the best of the State of Jefferson. When the dust settled, we had a clear winner: Wesley Jensen & The Penny Arcade.

JPR and the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University present Martin Sexton in concert Thursday night, October 8th at the SOU Music Recital Hall in Ashland at 8pm. This concert marks the return of JPR's One World Performance Series.

JPR and the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University present Lake Street Dive in concert Sunday night, November 1st at the SOU Music Recital Hall in Ashland at 8pm.

Malin Johanssen

JPR and the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University present José González and yMusic in concert Tuesday night, March 8th at the SOU Music Recital Hall in Ashland at 8pm.

Eric Teel

For singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalists Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins, the Watkins Family Hour has long been an oasis from the rigors of the road, a laboratory where they can try out new material or master beloved cover songs. Their monthly show at L.A.’s famed venue Largo has been hailed as a convivial, communal event where they welcome an impressive array of musician friends old and new.

The Waifs are an Australian folk rock band formed in 1992 by sisters Vikki Thorn (harmonica, guitar, vocals) and Donna Simpson (guitar, vocals) as well as Josh Cunningham (guitar, vocals). A trip that began in a van in over two decades ago, with the three troubadours playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them, has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world.

Aoife O’Donovan grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. She spent her school-year summers in Ireland singing songs with her extended family, and became interested in American folk music through artists such as Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Aoife went on to study contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Rhett Miller is the front man and main songwriter of the hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll quartet Old 97’s, as well as an accomplished solo artist. 

Newport Folk's Pink Floyd Moment

Jul 26, 2015

The most puzzling musician on the lineup at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival was easily Pink Floyd's Roger Waters. For me, Pink Floyd represents the antithesis of folk music, with the band's psychedelic pulsating landscapes and big rock drums and guitars. Out there and psychedelic, yeah — down home and folky, nope.

Eric Teel

The road has been good to Mandolin Orange since the 2013 release of 'This Side of Jordan.' NPR called the album "effortless and beautiful," naming it one of the year's best folk/Americana releases, while Magnet dubbed it "magnificent," and American Songwriter said it was "honest music, shot through with coed harmonies, sweeping fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and the sort of unfakeable intimacy that bonds simpatico musicians like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings."

Not many bands can lay claim to the kind of dramatic career development that Árstíðir can. Formed in the wake of the 2008 stock market crash, they found themselves catapulted to the top of the Icelandic music charts within six months of their debut, and then forged ahead with their 2010 tour despite a volcanic eruption that stalled global travel.

Eric Teel

Calexico is no stranger to negotiating borders. For the better part of two decades, eight albums, and countless trips around the globe, founding members Joey Burns and John Convertino have crossed musical barriers with their band, embracing a multitude of diverse styles, variety in instrumentation, and well-cultivated signature sounds.