Eric Teel

Director of FM Network Programming

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.

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Live Session Archive
8:46 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Cee Cee James Live Session

Dubbed the "Vocal Volcano" by Robert Horn from the Washington Blues Society, Cee Cee James has been singing and writing songs for over 20 years, all the while gathering up stellar reviews and awards from all three CD's she has released.

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3:14 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Pink Martini Percussionist Derek Rieth Dies

The multi-instrumentalist was an original member of the Portland band. Pink Martini posted a picture of Rieth and brief comments on their Facebook page on Friday.
Derek Rieth, a longtime member of Pink Martini, has died, the band announced on Friday. The percussionist, who contributed everything from bongos to finger cymbals to the group, had been a founding member of the Portland act. The cause of death has not been announced.
Live Session Archive
10:35 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Br'er Rabbit (Now Known As Wild Rabbit) Live Session

[Edit: Since this live session aired, the band has changed their name to Wild Rabbit.]  Though all four members of Br'er Rabbit grew up running around wooded areas of the same small town in the farthest Northwest corner of Washington state, brothers Zach and Nathan didn't meet Miranda, the third founding member, until they had all ended up in New York City. This kind of backyard folk seasoned by the edge, polish and fervor of big-city inclinations is at the root of the style they call folk-stomp Americana.

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Live Session Archive
12:58 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Patchy Sanders Live Session

Patchy Sanders, a genuine family band, is comprised of sisters Dani (banjo, harp) and Jacqui Aubert (vocals), their partners Ian Van Ornum (mandolin, bouzouki, guitar) and Dan Sherrill (guitar, banjo, mandolin), and good friends Sara Wilbur (violin, viola) and Eric Jones (upright bass). While some find it easy to characterize their music, others hesitatingly distinguish their style as noir-grass, neo-folk, neo-Americana, or simply Alternative. Influenced by the broader folk revival of the last 70+ years, the band’s three distinct songwriters draw upon diverse influences to bring forth a new, yet familiar sound.

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Live Session Archive
10:24 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Quiet Life Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Quiet Life, led by brothers Sean and Ryan Spellman, has roots on the Jersey Shore, but musical sparks flew when they met further north in New London, where New England meets the Sound. From there, they ran down a dream to the California Coast, all the way to San Luis Obispo, and then fled the promised land for the northern charm of Portland, Oregon. Just a pair of brothers and a few good friends in a van that runs on waste veggie oil.

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Live Session Archive
9:14 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Josh Ritter Live Session

Dominic Barth

Born in Idaho, singer-songwriter Josh Ritter recorded and released his self-titled debut in 1999 after graduating from Oberlin College with a self-created “American History through Narrative Folk Music” major. While attending college in Oberlin, Ohio, Ritter got his first listen to Leonard Cohen and Gillian Welch. He instantly fell in love with their songs and dropped his neuroscience major in favor of the pursuit of music.

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Upcoming JPR Classics Special
10:36 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: The National Youth Orchestra July 25th at 8pm

Conductor David Robertson
Credit Dan Dreyfus

On Friday night, July 25th at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the final concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

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Live Session Archive
10:56 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Black Prairie Live Session

Eric Teel

The band's story started in 2007, when Chris Funk gathered local musicians he admired for a chance to write music and play instruments he wasn't utilizing in his role as guitarist for The Decemberists. He pulled in fellow Decemberists Nate Query and Jenny Conlee, on bass and accordion, Annalisa Tornfelt on fiddle, and Jon Neufeld on guitar. In 2012, Decemberists drummer John Moen joined in, too. Their only ambition was to have fun, and their all-acoustic instrumentation meant they could hold practices in each other's living rooms. But ideas started sparking immediately -- they were pushing their own musicianship and the conventions of their instruments, and could hear a new brand of Americana music burbling up.

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Live Session Archive
9:51 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Trevor Hall Live Session

Trevor Hall realized at a very young age that music was more than just a passion. As an eleven year old, playing harmonica beside his father in the cradle of the weeping willows of South Carolina, music quickly became his most intimate companion, guide and creative outlet. In his elementary years, he began to write his own songs and perform them locally.

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
12:45 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Amy LaVere Live Session

Amy LaVere
Eric Teel

Amy LaVere was born in a small Texas/Louisiana border town, nurtured by musical parents with a passion for traditional country. Her family moved 13 times by the time she entered high school, ultimately landing in Detroit where Amy fronted the punk band Last Minute while still in her teens. From there, her musical journey became a wild ride of travels.

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5:36 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

MET Opera Cancels HD Klinghoffer

The MET announced that they are cancelling their scheduled HD presentation of John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer in November.
The show must go on - but not on movie screens. Amid escalating fears of anti-semitism, the Metropolitan Opera has cancelled plans to transmit a performance of its upcoming "The Death of Klinghoffer" to movie screens this fall. The opera by John Adams, which premiered in the U.S.
Live Session Archive
5:20 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Lily & Madeleine Live Session

Lily & Madeleine
Eric Teel

Nobody expected Lily & Madeleine’s first original song, “In the Middle,” to rack up a half a million YouTube views. The Internet is obsessed with what’s new and what’s next, the fads and memes of viral culture, and so it would have to seem a little incongruous for social networks and content aggregators to embrace gimmick-free, black-and-white footage of an unplugged duo crooning a bittersweet and understated melody.

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JPR Classics Special Series
5:05 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

New C&N Series - Center Stage From Wolf Trap

Hosts Bill McGlaughlin and Rich Kleinfeldt

Beginning Sunday evening, July 6th at 7pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast Center Stage from Wolf Trap, a 26-week series of live performances from The Discovery Series of some of today's finest chamber musicians.

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Live Session Archive
4:29 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Josh Rouse Live Session

Credit Allen Clark

It may have been 15+ years – from roots in rural Nebraska, through time in ‘Music City’ Nashville, TN, and to the current day relocated to a new home in cosmopolitan Spain – but it seems that the song spirits have been constant companions for Josh Rouse. 

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Live Session Archive
3:15 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Show Ponies Live Session

The Show Ponies are an indie-folk outfit from Los Angeles with old time and country influences. Their new album, We’re Not Lost, is proof of the rewards of taking a leap of faith. Funded entirely by crowdsourcing, the album is a realization of both their ardent fan base, and the power of setting a goal and trusting the process. What they’re moving toward is becoming one of the hottest Old-Time groups on of the West Coast, with a stellar sophomore album that flirts effortlessly with a modern new-roots sound and a hard driven progressive beat.

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Live Session Archive
11:35 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Jillian Rae Live Session

Jillian Rae is a multi-talented violinist, lead vocalist, and songwriter whose creative and dynamic style of violin playing, along with her lifelong experience as a performer, lend her an assured stage presence. She has an innate ability to create hook-laden tunes affirming the positives of life in the face of struggle and disappointment.

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Riverbend Live
8:19 am
Mon May 19, 2014

2014 Riverbend Live Season Announced

The Carolina Chocolate Drops perform at Winston's Riverbend Park on July 11th.

The critically acclaimed Carolina Chocolate Drops will play Winston, Oregon as part of the recently announced Riverbend Live concert series.

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Music on the Halfshell
10:05 am
Wed May 14, 2014

2014 Music on the Half Shell Season Announced

Singer/songwriter Josh Ritter plays Music on the Half Shell in Roseburg on July 29th.

Singer/songwriter Josh Ritter, blues phenom Shemekia Copeland, and the always popular Pink Martini headline the 2014 season of Music on the Half Shell in Roseburg.

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Live Session Archive
10:26 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Dawn Landes Live Session

Credit Michael Katzif

Bridging the worlds of indie rock, alt-country, and folk, Louisville, Kentucky native singer/songwriter Dawn Landes got her start after moving to New York to attend N.Y.U. and play music.

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Upcoming JPR Classics Special
2:43 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra May 23rd at 8pm

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida Performs Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto May 23rd with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

On Friday night, May 23rd at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

One of Germany's outstanding orchestra brings both a great conductor and soloist on a visit to Carnegie Hall - Conductor Mariss Jansons leads the Symphony with pianist Mitsuko Uchido in a performance of Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto, plus the Symphony No. 5 of Dmitri Shostakovich.

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