Open Air

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.

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
Eric Teel/JPR

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.”

Luluc Live Session

Nov 19, 2014

In a world where instant gratification is the norm, patience has become a rare commodity. But for Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett, who make up indie-folk duo Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE), letting things unfold in due time not only defines their career trajectory, it also works as a pretty good description of their approach to making music. Music that Sub Pop Records co-founder Jonathan Poneman describes as “bracing, subtle, tender and magnificent.”

Jane Siberry Live Session

Nov 19, 2014
Eric Teel

From her start in 1980s as a guitar playing coffee shop folk artist through all of her unique musical incarnations over the ensuing years, Jane Siberry has carved out a unique career and established herself as a remarkably gifted singer and composer.

Reuben and the Dark is the newest project from Calgary's Reuben Bullock. Fresh off the release of his second solo album, Bullock has formed a band of some of Alberta's finest musicians. This quartet has been quickly building a reputation as a killer live band - a collection of five multi-instrumentalists and vocalists that make chilling, emotive folk and soul.

Tegan & Sara Live Session

Nov 10, 2014
Carson Blume

Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Having sold nearly 1 million career albums and toured with acts from The Killers to Neil Young, Tegan and Sara have now released their 7th studio album – Heartthrob – as internationally-celebrated songwriters, performers, and artists. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, securing the band’s highest US chart position to date.

Dominic Barth

A self-proclaimed “failed scholar and modern-day hobo,” 24 year-old Caroline Rose has broken her long string of short circuits with a live-wire national debut, I Will Not Be Afraid, that draws on her roots in rockabilly, vintage country, and blues to capture her unique and distinctive vision.

Eric Teel

It was just two years ago that Fullbright released his debut studio album, From The Ground Up to a swarm of critical acclaim. The LA Times called the record “preternaturally self-assured,” while NPR hailed him as one of the 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012, saying “it’s not every day a new artist…earns comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, but Fullbright’s music makes sense in such lofty company.” 

Fink Live Session

Oct 21, 2014
Eric Teel

Fink, aka Fin Greenall, is an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and DJ, born in Cornwall and currently based in Berlin and London.

Eric Teel

Lucy Wainwright Roche, daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche (the Roches) and half-sister of Rufus and Martha Wainwright, was born and raised in New York City. Wainwright Roche spent her formative years traveling with and amongst her large musical family. After high school, she attended Oberlin College in Ohio, earned a Master’s degree in education at Bank Street College of Education in Manhattan, and eventually began teaching second and third grade.

Pomplamoose Live Session

Sep 29, 2014
Eric Teel

Formed in 2008 by multi-instrumentalists/Stanford students Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn, California's Pomplamoose (an English-spelling approximation of the French word for grapefruit) blend the quirky, jazz-tinged, anything-goes songcraft of Regina Spektor with the open-road, indie pop anthems of fellow male/female duos Mates of State, the Bird and the Bee, and Matt & Kim.

Dominic Barth

Melissa Etheridge became one of the most popular recording artists of the '90s due to her mixture of confessional lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, and raspy, Janis Joplin/Rod Stewart-esque vocals. Playing in local bands throughout her teens, Etheridge then attended the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. The up-and-coming singer/songwriter and guitarist dropped out after a year before making her way to Los Angeles in the early '80s to take a shot at a career in music.

Eric Teel

John Reischman is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation. He’s a master instrumentalist capable of swinging between re-inventions of traditional old-time tunes, deconstructions from the bluegrass repertoire, and compelling original tunes, many of which have become standards.

Dominic Barth

Christopher Denny has a voice that will stop you in your tracks; a fervent Orbison meets Dylan tenor that fills his songs with a tremendous emotional pressure. It’s the voice of a Southern choirboy who attended the church of alcohol, drugs and self-destruction in a failed attempt to deal with his inner pain and conflicts.

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.

[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.

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.

Quiet Life Live Session

Aug 11, 2014
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.

Josh Ritter Live Session

Aug 1, 2014
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.

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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