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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Jonah Tolchin's new album, Clover Lane, gets its name from an astonishing coincidence. Tolchin grew up in New Jersey on Clover Lane. As he tells it, “My parents bought the Clover Lane house in 1996. Fast forward to 2012. At the suggestion of a friend, record producer Marvin Etzioni came out to a show of mine in Los Angeles (Room 5). After an inspired conversation, a few weeks later Marvin and I were recording an album together in Nashville.” The pivotal phone call to Etzioni that night had come from Jonah’s friend, singer-songwriter Alex Wright. He and his wife Chris had met Marvin through their friend and neighbor in LA, Anna Serridge. When Jonah met Anna at the Wright’s, he discovered, quite by chance, that she had lived in the very same house on Clover Lane and had sold it to Tolchin’s parents sixteen years earlier.

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In 2004, Brad and Andrew Barr had spent most of the previous decade criss-crossing North America, playing music with their spirited, improv-based rock trio, The Slip. That Spring, the band was playing a small club in Montreal, QC when a fire broke out in the venue. They grabbed a few guitars/drums and rushed out onto the rainy street with the rest of the concert goers. As the club’s mezzanine was swallowed by flames, Andrew offered his coat to one of the waitresses from the bar. One year later, Brad and Andrew Barr were living in Montreal. That waitress is now one of their managers.

On Tuesday evening, January 20th, President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address starting at 6pm. JPR will broadcast NPR's live coverage of the President's speech, as well as the Republican Response on the Classics & News and News & Information Services.

An indie folk band from Portland, Oregon, Horse Feathers consists of singer/songwriter Justin Ringle (acoustic guitar, vocals, percussion) and a rotating cast of supporting musicians. Ringle grew up in Idaho and performed in several short-lived indie rock bands before moving to Portland, where he began playing shows under the name Horse Feathers. It was in Portland that he met Peter Broderick, a member of the established local act Norfolk & Western. The two spent much of 2005 writing songs and honing their live performances at various Portland open-mike nights, effectively turning Horse Feathers from a solo project into a duo.

Mark Lackey of the band Eight Dollar Mountain turned us on to this incredible Youtube video mashup by someone calling themselves Sir Mashalot. It's a multi-track overlay of a current crop of pop country tunes.  We wanted to share it with you because it is a fascinating dissection of how "hit" songs are structured - sometimes very similarly. Plus, it's incredibly well done.

What do you think? Discuss. Share. Did this blow your mind? Or did it reinforce thoughts you already had about "pop" music?

JPR has a rare opportunity to add a new member to its excellent team of volunteer substitute Open Air hosts.

On Thursday morning at 8am, join JPR's Classics & News Service for New Year's Day from Vienna 2015, a live broadcast featuring the Vienna Philharmonic.

JX Sub: The Christmas Truce

Dec 24, 2014
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Merry Christmas from all of us at JPR! 

The Exchange staff gets the day off, and we present holiday programming in place of the Exchange. 

In Hour 1: The Christmas Truce of 1914 stopped the shooting in World War I. 

JX Sub: Tinsel Tales 3

Dec 24, 2014
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Our Christmas Day programming continues in Hour 2 with NPR Tinsel Tales 3. 

Tinsel Tales began several years ago, assembling NPR voices past and present in something like an hour of story-telling.  
 

JX Sub: Tinsel Tales 1

Dec 24, 2014
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Call it Boxing Day or St. Stephen's Day, but the Jefferson Exchange crew calls December 26th a day off. 

In Hour 1 today: NPR Tinsel Tales (the first edition). 

Sit back and enjoy more stories of yuletide from NPR contributors past and present.
 

JX Sub: Tinsel Tales 2

Dec 24, 2014
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And the Christmas glow continues into Hour 2 of the usual Exchange slot today:

NPR Tinsel Tales 2 presents another round of seasonal stories from NPR contributors past and present.
 

Holiday Sounds With Em Harriss

Dec 24, 2014
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Sure, the music business can be a grind. 

But making music sure is fun… especially during the holidays, when everybody seems to hum a tune. 

Ashland-based Em Harriss recently visited the JPR studio to play some of her own songs, along with holiday favorites. 

JPR Music Director Eric Teel put together this segment of songs and interviews. 

Gypsy Soul With Holiday Music

Dec 23, 2014
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Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?  The melody arrives in our heads with the words for most holiday songs. 

We get a chance to hear holiday songs from some of this area's finest musicians in a pair of segments this week. 

JPR Music Director Eric Teel interviews Gypsy Soul and they play some of their songs in a special holiday session on today's Exchange. 

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Made up of three of the most exciting instrumentalists on the scene today, this trio of fiddler Brittany Haas (Crooked Still), bassist Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), and guitarist Jordan Tice (Tony Trischka) have come together on their debut album, You Got This, to use their string band roots to engage in close dialogue.

JPR's Classics & News Service presents the second season of a special classical series from WFMT called Living American Composers: New Music From Bowling Green, Sunday evenings at 7pm through the end of March.

Cold Specks Live Session

Dec 12, 2014

Canada-born and London, England-based musician Al Spx, who goes by the stage name Cold Specks, describes her signature sound as "doom soul." Steeped in the old gospel spirituals and traditional folk songs that famed musicologist Alan Lomax spent most of his life putting to tape, her unique blend of Deep Southern soul, Tom Waits/Jeff Buckley-inspired blues, and goth-tinged indie folk first caught the public's attention after an appearance on the popular British music program, Later...With Jools Holland.

The list of nominees for the 57th Grammy Awards has been released for all but one category.

Em Harriss Live Session

Dec 4, 2014
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Em Harriss is an Ashland-based singer/songwriter and internet sensation who describes herself as “super socially awkward and shy” about her music, despite a growing fan base on Vine of over 280,000 followers and a recent EP that hit the top 10 on iTunes. Harriss, whose voice sounds like a fusion of Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor, started using Vine about 10 months ago where she says “things just took off unexpectedly.”

Emerging fully-formed from the desolate heart of Central Florida, Roadkill Ghost Choir make unsettling, powerful American rock, Tom Petty by way of Radiohead and Cormac McCarthy. Set against Kiffy Meyer’s ghostly steel pedal, singer and main songwriter Andrew Shepard triumphantly conjures an allegorical American landscape of drifters, specters and violent saints. Andrew’s brothers Maxx (drums) and Zach (bass) Shepard round out the rhythm section, and Stephen Garza handles lead guitar.

Gypsy Soul Live Session

Nov 29, 2014
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Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit first met in Edinburgh, Scotland, “and it was musical lust at first sight,” she recalls. Vancouver, BC native Cilette, of Irish and South African descent, had been in Paris, singing in French jazz bands, while British-born Roman, with roots in the Ukraine and Italy, arrived from London, where his rock band Raising Cane had just been dropped by A&M Records after it was acquired by Polygram. “When I first heard her sing, it was one of those ‘oh my God’ moments,” says Roman. “I was just excited to find someone that talented who could create together with me.”

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