Eric Teel

Director of FM Network Programming / Music Director

After a failed attempt at structured music instruction at Washington State University, Eric found himself standing in front of the renowned Edward R. Murrow College of Communication with two full years of radio experience already under his belt. The path was clear, and the broadcast journalism degree was obtained.

Over the next 20-plus years, Eric has drawn upon his extensive music knowledge to host programs in nearly every genre for commercial and public radio. He joined the JPR staff in 1996, hosting Siskiyou Music Hall from JPR’s Redding studios. In 2002, he moved to Ashland and took over as one of the hosts of Open Air. In addition to music, he’s put his journalism background to use reporting for NPR, managing JPR's award-winning newsroom, and producing feature-length public radio specials carried nationwide.

As FM Network Program Director, Eric oversees all aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air shift, and now handles JPR’s growing series of live in-studio music performances.

When not at work (which is nearly never) he can be seen in the crowd or on stage at music events around the region, or finishing solidly mid-pack in bicycle races in an effort to make his fitter friends feel better.

Eric Teel

Basia Bulat has become one of Canada's most conspicuous talents. Since releasing her debut in 2007, Bulat has shared a stage with artists including Arcade Fire, The National, Nick Cave, Daniel Lanois, St Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, Destroyer, Tune-Yards, The Tallest Man On Earth, and Andrew Bird.

North Mississippi Allstars formed in 1996; the product of a special time for modern Mississippi country blues. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson soaked up the music of their father, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi legacy while playing and shaking it down in the juke joints with their blues ancestors. R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Otha Turner and their musical families were at their peak, making classic records and touring the world. Eventually, Luther (guitar, vocals) and Cody (drums, vocals) formed the North Mississippi Allstars and pioneered their own brand of blues-infused rock and roll.

On Friday night, April 1st at 8pm, JPR's Rhythm & News Service will present this year's edition of Sleazy Listening with host Ed Polish.

JPR Live Session: Tow'rs

Mar 15, 2016
Soleil Rowan

Tow'rs (Pronounced "Towers") is a five-piece band featuring husband/wife duo Kyle & Gretta Miller, along with Emma Crislip, Kyle Keller and Kory Miller. Tow'rs story began in the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona. Originally a group of strangers, the members of Tow'rs found each other through a deep love for music & story telling.

Eric Teel

As a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, producer, actor, mentor and consistently excellent performer, Keb’ Mo’ is a true American icon. It all took off in 1994 with the self-titled release under his newly coined “Keb’ Mo’” moniker, and he proved once and for all that he was a musical force to be reckoned with.

Eric Teel

G. Love & Special Sauce are a Philadelphia-based trio whose laid-back, sloppy blues sound is quite unique, as it encompasses the sound/production of classic R&B and recent rap artists (the Beastie Boys, in particular).

On the day NPR announced Gaelynn Lea as the winner of their 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, we wanted to acknowledge some of best regional submissions this year, plus announce our favorite who will be invited to do a JPR Live Session with us later this year.


NPR just announced the winner of its Tiny Desk Concert Contest, Minnesota violin player Gaelynn Lea. 

Bands and solo acts from across the country entered the contest, including some notable entries from our music-rich region

Several of the regional entries have played sessions in our studio, hosted by JPR FM Program Director Eric Teel. 

Eric Teel

Ana Vidović is an extraordinary talent with formidable gifts taking her place amongst the elite musicians of the world today. Ms. Vidović has given over one thousand public performances since first taking the stage in 1988. Her international performance career includes recitals in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Budapest, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Oslo, Copenhagen, Toronto, Baltimore, San Francisco, Houston, Austin, Dallas, St. Louis and beyond.

Maia Sharp wears many hats. In a career that spans two decades, the California native has established a reputation as a songwriter's songwriter, possessing a seamless sense of craft as well as an uncanny knack for cutting straight to the heart of complex emotional issues. In the process, she's won a passionate grass-roots fan base, while seeing her compositions covered by artists from across the musical spectrum.

Eric Teel

Jessica Lea Mayfield is a 26 year old guitarist, singer and songwriter who was born in Kent, Ohio. She grew up touring with her family's Newgrass/Bluegrass band "One Way Rider" and at the age of 8 years old, they relocated to Nashville, where when they weren't touring regionally they played 4 shows a day, 7 days a week. They lived and traveled on a 1956 tour bus that had once been owned by Bill Monroe that he had christened as the "Bluegrass Breakdown."

Beginning Sunday evening, March 6th at 7pm, JPR's Classics & News Service presents TALOA - An Exploration of Music by American Indian and Māori Composers.

On Friday, April 1st at 9am, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast a special one-hour program called Igudesman & Joo: You Just Have To Laugh.

Enticing but never predictable, Gypsy Soul mixes every influence they love into their compositions, creating the familiar sound that is exclusively Gypsy Soul –Roots, Soul, Rock, Blues, Jazz and Pop. Over the years the duo has produced 12 albums, each a collection of exquisitely composed songs reflecting their lives at that particular moment in history, and each a journey evolved from and moving beyond those that came before.

Britt’s 2016 Britt Orchestra season begins early, with two days of concerts at Crater Lake National Park on July 29 and 30, featuring a world premiere commission by Michael Gordon that is inspired by the Park.

On Thursday, February 11, at 6pm, JPR's News & Information Service will broadcast NPR's special coverage of the PBS NewsHour Democratic Debate from Milwaukee.  The debate, moderated by PBS NewHour’s Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodward, will be the first debate among the Democratic candidates following the New Hampshire Primary. Coverage will begin at 6pm, and will be hosted NPR’s Scott Detrow with analysis from NPR’s lead political editor Domenico Montanaro.

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Samantha Crain’s songs are full of expansive melodies that veer off in unpredictable directions, with lyrics that explore conflicting emotions with uncommon insight and compassion. She has a jazz singer’s phrasing, often breaking words into rhythmic fragments that land before and after the beat, stretching syllables or adding grace notes to uncover hidden nuances in her lyrics.

With its innovative original productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope of the modern percussion ensemble.

February Featured Works - First Concert
(*Indicates February birthday)

Feb 1 M Veracini*: Sonata in A major
Feb 2 T Stravinsky: The Song of the Nightingale
Feb 3 W Albrechtsberger*: Trombone Concerto
Feb 4 T Still: Lyric Quartet
Feb 5 F Ippolitov-Ivanov: Caucasian Sketches

Soleil Rowan

Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach.