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Rhythm & News: Mon-Fri • 9am-3pm

A daily mix of music that crosses boundaries and borders, from the latest in indie rock and pop, to AAA and Americana, plus the best of blues, jazz, world music, alt.country and more. Each weekday, the show explores the close connections between genres, blending exciting new tracks from recent releases with classic cuts from JPR's extensive library.

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Live Session Archive
1:16 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Ben Taylor Live Session

Aired 3-13-2014

As the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor was born into a musical world with much promise. His older sister, Sally Taylor, found her niche in the industry early on, but the younger Taylor never sought to follow the footsteps of his famous parents. His childhood might have been surrounded by recording sessions and tours across the world, but initially it wasn't in Taylor's mind to become a singer.

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Live Session Archive
7:58 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Martin Sexton Live Session

Aired 3-7-2014

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., and the tenth of 12 children, Martin Sexton grew up in the ’80s. Uninterested in the music of the day, he fueled his dreams with the timeless sounds of classic rock ’n’ roll. As he discovered the dusty old vinyl left in the basement by one his big brothers, his musical fire was lit.

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Live Session Archive
1:40 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Noah Gundersen Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 2-28-2014

At the tender age of 24, Noah Gundersen is already a young veteran who recorded his first album on his dad's Tascam reel-to-reel at age 13. Born in the tiny town of Centralia, Gundersen has honed his craft through a series of albums, both solo (with his sister Abby) and with their band The Courage.

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Live Session Archive
2:35 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

David Lindley Live Session

Aired 2-21-2014

David Lindley, once called a "maxi-instrumentalist" by Rolling Stone,  performs music that redefines the word "eclectic." Well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, Lindley long championed the concept of world music.

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Live Session Archive
9:42 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Jesca Hoop Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 2-14-2014

Jesca Hoop grew up in Sonoma County in Northern California. One of five children in a strict Mormon household, she was born into a family of singers, who "from the age of walking were singing before we were talking." 

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Live Session Archive
3:35 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Eight Dollar Mountain Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 2-7-2014

Eight Dollar Mountain is Darren Campbell (guitar), Stuart Green (banjo), Phil Johnson (mandolin), Peter Koelsch (bass), and Mark Lackey (dobro). The band serves up high-energy, traditionally-inspired bluegrass music that reflects the roots of mountain music, blues, and old time country.

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Live Session Archive
10:21 am
Wed January 29, 2014

The Devil Makes Three Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 1-29-2014

Comprised of frontman/guitarist Pete Bernhard, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Cooper McBean, and upright bassist Lucia Turino, the drummerless acoustic trio is not your normal alt.country band. 

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Britt/South Stage Cellars
5:03 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

2014 Rising Stars Competition Continues

The third annual Rising Stars competition will continue live competition rounds at South Stage Cellars tasting room in Jacksonville each Saturday in February.

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Live Session Archive
2:15 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Tony Furtado Trio Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 12-6-2013

Before Tony Furtado became a highly-regarded slide guitarist/banjo player, he studied art and music at Cal State Hayward. It was during that time that he went on a whim to Kansas and entered the Grand National Banjo Championship - and won.

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Live Session Archive
6:36 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Garland Jeffreys Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 11-22-2013

Garland Jeffreys has earned a loyal international audience for his intelligent and passionate songs, informed by a variety of musical styles from rock and R&B to reggae and dance music, and dealing with topics both personal and political, often at the same time. While not especially prolific -- he has released a mere six studio albums since 1981 -- Jeffreys' work reveals a rock & roller's soul and a poetic sensibility that have earned him the respect of musical peers such as Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen, David Johansen, and John Cale.

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Live Session Archive
1:11 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Elephant Revival Live Session

Aired 11-15-2013

Elephant Revival is a band that’s gaining national recognition for their innovative and eclectic approach to acoustic music. They’re a young group who’ve developed their own genre-jumping style that’s been called “Transcendental Folk.” 

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Live Session Archive
6:14 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

The Paper Kites Live Session

The Paper Kites
Peter Kleinhenz

Aired 11-8-2013

With their debut EP Woodland and follow-up EP Young North, Australian indie-folk outfit The Paper Kites melds earthy instrumentals to create a perfect backdrop for the band’s harmonies. The standout tracks from Woodland - “Bloom” and “Featherstone” (as prominently featured in the season 8 finale of Grey’s Anatomy) - have generated over 7 million combined YouTube views. 

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Live Session Archive
3:53 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Misner & Smith Live Session

Aired 10-18-2013

With their brand new release, Seven Hour Storm, Misner & Smith have created an album of vivid, poetic songwriting, filled with some of the finest harmony singing around. The album features lush, yet subtle arrangements, filling out an already rich sound that the duo is known for producing live.

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
12:02 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Lake Street Dive Live Session CANCELLED

Credit Jarrod McCabe

Our scheduled live session with Lake Street Dive has been canceled due to lead singer Rachael Price being under the weather and needing to conserve her voice for upcoming concerts in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver.   We hope to reschedule in the future.

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Live Session Archive
10:16 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Singer/songwriter Erin Ivey Live Session

John Chung

Aired on 10-4-2013

Austin singer/songwriter Erin Ivey has been called "the darling" of the Austin, Texas music scene.  Over the last decade, she carved out a sizable niche in an extremely crowded music town armed with a tender crystalline voice and award-winning songcraft.

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Live Session Archive
8:23 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Michael Franti Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired on 10-09-2013

Michael Franti is the founder and lead vocalist of Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock. He is also an outspoken supporter for a wide spectrum social justice issues.

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Live Session Archive
3:51 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Truth & Salvage Co. Live Session

Aired on 8-20-2013

Truth & Salvage Co. are a six-piece roots rock/Americana band from Los Angeles, California and currently headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. The band formed in late 2005 when members from Scrappy Hamilton and Old Pike, two simultaneously performing Los Angeles acts, merged and began performing under their current moniker.

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Live Session Archive
3:41 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Little Comets Live Session

Little Comets
Peter Kleinhenz

Aired on 9-13-2013

Comprised of singer/guitarist/brothers Robert Coles and Michael Coles, with bassist/vocalist Matthew Hall, Little Comets are an English indie rock trio from Jarrow and Washington, Tyne and Wear - near Newcastle, England. They are described as playing 'kitchen sink indie' music.

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Live Session Archive
9:12 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Matt Hill Band Live Session

Aired 8-30-2013

The Matt Hill Band formed just a couple of months before they decided to enter the 2013 South State Cellars/Britt Festivals Rising Stars Competition - a talent showcase designed as a fundraiser for La Clinica. The Grants Pass band ended up winning the contest, which included a half-hour live session on JPR.​

Live Session Archive
8:32 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Edward Herda Live Session

Aired 9-2-2013

Edward Herda was once a stand-up comedian, and a performer and writer in an international commedia dell’arte troupe. Following a painful breakup, he decided to change direction in life, and spent time transforming himself into a poignant singer/songwriter. He stopped by JPR to play tunes from his debut album The Wondrous Folly Of Vaughn Frogg.

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