JPR Music

Non-classical music posts.

Soleil Rowan

Depending on your background, the term "power trio" may bring to mind the '60s sonic depth-charges launched by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream; the twisty prog-rock styles of mid-'70s King Crimson and Rush; or the post-grunge bash of Seether and Wolfmother. In the case of Civil Twilight, the term means all of that – and much more.

On Tuesday, December 6th at 2pm, JPR welcomes singer/songwriter Griffin House into the studios for a live session on Open Air.

On Friday, December 16th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with The Ballroom Thieves on Open Air.

Verbs & Nouns was formed near the beginning of 2016, when Jared Masters (Guitar, Vocals) joined forces with Emily Turner (Upright Bass, Vocals) and the two began building their sound upon their individual influences and musical tastes. Now a dynamic duet that combines jazz with blues and chill grooves, they are active around the Pacific Northwest, and are at work on their first studio album.

Getting there is half the fun, as the old saying goes, but the journey is really the whole point for Boston progressive-folk duo Tall Heights. Singer/guitarist Tim Harrington and singer/cellist Paul Wright know where they’ve been, and where they want to go. As for the route, well, “we’re just mapping it out as we take it, day by day,” says Harrington.

On Friday, December 9th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with singer/songwriter Ryley Walker on Open Air.

Troy Michael

From the time he signed with Rick Rubin's American Recordings in 1993, Pete Droge has enjoyed a successful, multi-faceted career as a recording artist, songwriter, producer, and composer. Beginning with his breakout hit "If You Don't Love Me (I'll Kill Myself)," which was featured in the blockbuster Dumb and Dumber, Pete Droge has gone on to compose and license original music for television and film, including national ad campaigns for Toyota and T-Mobile, and the ABC smash Grey's Anatomy.

Soleil Rowan

Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Paper Bird first emerged from the same environs that launched such outfits as Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and the Lumineers. The group has toured extensively throughout the U.S., sharing bills with the aforementioned bands, as well as Daryl Hall & John Oates, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Shakey Graves.

Eric Teel

Shinyribs is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey which began in Beaumont, TX when, at 14, he found his father’s guitar under his bed, along with a sewing machine, a billy club and a box of comic books. Luckily he chose the guitar.

Eric Teel

Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes first met in 2010 when he crossed an Austin barroom floor and asked her to dance. A modest beginning became an undeniable attraction the first time they sang together.

Kathleen Andreson‎

Dave Rawlings is an award winning guitar player, singer, songwriter, and producer best known for his work with bandmate Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Ryan Adams. He was voted 2012 Americana Instrumentalist Of The Year.

JPR Live Session: Mu

Sep 30, 2016
Eric Teel

Francesca Belcourt and Brittney Rand, the women behind the Vancouver, British Columbia band Mu (pronounced "Moo") embrace the cutting wavelengths of electronica, enveloped in the comfort and softness of organic sounds.

Brett Dennen’s music career began humbly around the camps of the Sierra Nevada mountain range – a retreat to which he would eventually return for inspiration on 2013's Smoke and Mirrors. “Being in the mountains, aside from the inspiration, was so crucial to me, because as a kid I used to spend so much time in the mountains. And just being there helped me regain that self-confidence. I remembered who I was.

ZZ Ward burst onto the scene with her fiery Eleven Roses mixtape in early 2012 – sparking a media frenzy and showcasing her soulful take on a blues/hip hop blend, which ultimately led to her critically-acclaimed debut album Til The Casket Drops. Her debut single off the album, the foot-stomping “Put The Gun Down,” broke into the Top 10 on the AAA radio chart – staying there for 10 weeks and was followed by two more Top 10 singles, her anthemic "365 Days" and her gut-wrenching ballad "Last Love Song."

Soleil Rowan

A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (now in their 50th year!) John McEuen has continually performed since 1964 - 8,500 concerts and 300 television shows throughout more than 3 million miles - with the band and as a solo performer. Beyond performing, he has a rich history of creating, producing and preserving original and traditional folk and acoustic music, and taking it to new audiences.

Danielle Kelly

Allen Stone started working his dazzling vocals as a kid, thanks largely to his parents’ influence. “My father was a minister so I spent about half my childhood in church, watching my mom and dad sing together and lead the congregation in song,” he recalls. By the time he was 11 he’d picked up a guitar and written his first song, and soon began self-recording demo tapes to pass along to classmates. Although Stone enrolled in bible college after high school, he quickly dropped out to move to Seattle and kickstart his music career. “I had an ’87 Buick and I’d drive up and down the west coast, playing any gig I could get just to try to put my music out there,” he says.

Eric Teel

Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Empty Houses is an indie pop band with a strong retro flavor that borrows from the iconic sounds of Motown and Phil Spector. The band was formed by multi-instrumentalists Dave Mackinder and Adam Mercer, both of pop-punkers Fireworks, and singer Ali Shea.

Over the decade and a half that Rogue Wave has made music, Zach Rogue has continued to expand his band’s emotional spectrum. Drawing inspiration from the inevitable delusions of everyday American life, Rogue, his longtime bandmate Pat Spurgeon, and their fellow members have returned reinvigorated, and with a fresh sound founded on the art of patience, the fearlessness of experimenting, and the unbridled joy of creating something meaningful to help us navigate through these vacant times.

Having written his most personal collection of songs to date, Mark Charles Heidinger initially planned to strip the recording process of Vandaveer's new album down to as few elements as possible, pursuing a more direct, minimalist approach. But after huddling with vocalist, Rose Guerin, and long-time producer, Duane Lundy, they charted a new course, enveloping these autobiographical vignettes with a full spectrum of sound. And with more than a little help from their friends. The trio called in brothers-in-arms, J. Tom Hnatow, Robby Cosenza and Justin Craig, for a prolonged session of sonic wayfinding.

Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic new duo planted on the Canadian Prairies. They are a study in contrasts; Cara, all earth mother on her 21-speed bike, helmet and backpack, environmentally friendly and wholesome, ebullient and engaging; and burly JD, looking like a cross between a biker and long-haul trucker in scruffy beard, ball cap, t-shirt and jean jacket, slightly intimidating (until you meet him).

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