JPR Music

Non-classical music posts.

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

We've been in love with the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers movie for a couple of months now, but unfortunately it looks like we may all have to wait awhile before we can actually see the film around these parts. It's a frustrating scenario to read so much about a film we can't even evaluate for ourselves.

It's tempting — and, really, accurate — to describe Rosanne Cash's new album as a literary effort. The singer-songwriter is also a published author, and her last album, 2009's The List, was a writer's game: Its 12 tracks abridged her famous father Johnny's 100-song lexicon of essentials, which he gave to his then-teenaged daughter as a legacy and a challenge.

Best Albums Of 2013

Nov 26, 2013

JPR music hosts take a stab identifying standout recordings of 2013.

Don Matthews | Classical Music Director & Host First Concert

Qamuuqin Maxwell

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.

Dominic Barth

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is a Detroit-based based pop band created by Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott.


Qamuuqin Maxwell

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.

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.” 

Peter Kleinhenz

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. 

Beautiful Melancholy

Nov 1, 2013

I have been listening to music for as long as I can remember. My father was an accordion player of Italian folk songs and American country music since before I was born, and through the early years of my life there was always music and sing-alongs around the kitchen table with friends and family.

Qamuuqin Maxwell

The Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright has made a musical mark with seven albums of original music, an opera and soundtracks for movies such as Across the Universe, Shrek, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Moulin Rouge. The Canadian-American also earned a Grammy nomination for his sold-out Judy Garland tribute performances at Carnegie Hall. From pop to classical to opera, Wainwright is fulfilling his mission “to make albums with variety and a sense of perspective on all that music can be.”

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.

On Saturday night at 9pm, The Retro Lounge with Lars & The Nurse celebrates twenty years of JPR broadcasts!  

Over the last few years, JPR has had an opportunity to play dozens of fantastic folk and roots music albums from the Shoreline, Washington-based music promotion company Hearth Music. Artists like Josh Halverson, Red Tail Ring, Laura Cortese, Dustbowl Revival, and Pharis & Jason Romero have been heard throughout the region on Open Air and on The Folk Show on Sunday Evenings.

John Chung

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.

Qamuuqin Maxwell

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.

Shovels & Rope: Tiny Desk Concert

Sep 24, 2013

Shovels & Rope's presence in the NPR Music offices attracted plenty of interest; many in attendance had long since fallen in love with the husband-and-wife duo's mix of rowdy folk-rock and rootsy balladeering.

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.

Peter Kleinhenz

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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