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JPR Live Session: Tow'rs

Mar 15, 2016
Soleil Rowan

Tow'rs (Pronounced "Towers") is a five-piece band featuring husband/wife duo Kyle & Gretta Miller, along with Emma Crislip, Kyle Keller and Kory Miller. Tow'rs story began in the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona. Originally a group of strangers, the members of Tow'rs found each other through a deep love for music & story telling.

Eric Teel

As a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, producer, actor, mentor and consistently excellent performer, Keb’ Mo’ is a true American icon. It all took off in 1994 with the self-titled release under his newly coined “Keb’ Mo’” moniker, and he proved once and for all that he was a musical force to be reckoned with.

Eric Teel

G. Love & Special Sauce are a Philadelphia-based trio whose laid-back, sloppy blues sound is quite unique, as it encompasses the sound/production of classic R&B and recent rap artists (the Beastie Boys, in particular).

On the day NPR announced Gaelynn Lea as the winner of their 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, we wanted to acknowledge some of best regional submissions this year, plus announce our favorite who will be invited to do a JPR Live Session with us later this year.

Eric Teel

Ana Vidović is an extraordinary talent with formidable gifts taking her place amongst the elite musicians of the world today. Ms. Vidović has given over one thousand public performances since first taking the stage in 1988. Her international performance career includes recitals in New York, London, Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Rome, Budapest, Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Oslo, Copenhagen, Toronto, Baltimore, San Francisco, Houston, Austin, Dallas, St. Louis and beyond.

Maia Sharp wears many hats. In a career that spans two decades, the California native has established a reputation as a songwriter's songwriter, possessing a seamless sense of craft as well as an uncanny knack for cutting straight to the heart of complex emotional issues. In the process, she's won a passionate grass-roots fan base, while seeing her compositions covered by artists from across the musical spectrum.

Eric Teel

Jessica Lea Mayfield is a 26 year old guitarist, singer and songwriter who was born in Kent, Ohio. She grew up touring with her family's Newgrass/Bluegrass band "One Way Rider" and at the age of 8 years old, they relocated to Nashville, where when they weren't touring regionally they played 4 shows a day, 7 days a week. They lived and traveled on a 1956 tour bus that had once been owned by Bill Monroe that he had christened as the "Bluegrass Breakdown."

Enticing but never predictable, Gypsy Soul mixes every influence they love into their compositions, creating the familiar sound that is exclusively Gypsy Soul –Roots, Soul, Rock, Blues, Jazz and Pop. Over the years the duo has produced 12 albums, each a collection of exquisitely composed songs reflecting their lives at that particular moment in history, and each a journey evolved from and moving beyond those that came before.

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Samantha Crain’s songs are full of expansive melodies that veer off in unpredictable directions, with lyrics that explore conflicting emotions with uncommon insight and compassion. She has a jazz singer’s phrasing, often breaking words into rhythmic fragments that land before and after the beat, stretching syllables or adding grace notes to uncover hidden nuances in her lyrics.

With its innovative original productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope of the modern percussion ensemble.

Soleil Rowan

Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach.

JPR Live Session: MIPSO

Jan 15, 2016
Soleil Rowan

The renegade traditionalists of MIPSO -- Jacob Sharp on Mandolin, Joseph Terrell on guitar, Libby Rodenbough on fiddle, and Wood Robinson on double bass--are doing their part to take four-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory.

Soleil Rowan

In a world full of singer-songwriters hawking their stories, David Ramirez has managed to stand out from the noise, developing a fiercely loyal following of fans who are drawn to his intimately personal songwriting. "When someone buys a record of mine, they're getting my life. They are essentially memoirs. They're going to know a little bit more about who I am."

Soleil Rowan

The members of Darlingside met at Williams College in western Massachusetts. “Auyon and I were paired as freshman year roommates,” Dave recalls. “We fought often, but we spent so much time together that we very quickly became like brothers.” They joined a singing group with Don, and Harris joined the same group two years later.

Based out of Ashland OR, Patchy Sanders is a 6-piece collective comprised of Danielle (banjo) and Jacqui Aubert (vocals), Dan Sherrill (guitar), Sara Wilbur (violin), Ian Van Ornum (mandolin), and Eric Jones (bass).

Patchy Sanders, we hardly knew ye.  The Ashland-based folk band is scattering in search of new projects, which is a nice way of saying the band is breaking up. 

But a few final gigs loom, and before those, the Patchy assemblage visited our studio to chat with JPR's Eric Teel, and play some of the band's original music. 

For this year's mix of the Best Songs Of 2015, NPR Music surveyed program directors, music directors, hosts and editors at Member stations across the country to find out their absolute favorite song of the year. Well, the results are in, and you can hear those special songs right here:

Launch the Mix!

More than 50 public radio music experts took part, including JPR's own Eric Teel and Dave Jackson, making for a four-hour mix that touches on rock, pop, jazz, folk and everything in between.

Little May is a pop/folk/indie band formed in Sydney, Australia in 2012. It’s safe to say that the last two years have been a whirlwind for age-old friends Hannah Field, Liz Drummond and Annie Hamilton - from topping hype machine charts to sold-out Australian shows, support tours with Angus and Julia Stone, Bernard Fanning, Cold War Kids & Rodriguez, international festival appearances including The Great Escape, Bonnaroo Festival and CMJ where they were officially selected as one of the “11 Breakout Acts of CMJ”.

The roots of David Wax Museum stretch back nearly a decade, and all the way from New England to Mexico. As a student at Harvard, Wax began traveling south of the border to study and immerse himself in the country’s traditional music and culture. Back in Boston, he met fiddler/singer Suz Slezak, whose love of traditional American and Irish folk music fused with Wax’s Mexo-Americana into a singular, energetic blend that captivated audiences and critics alike.

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