JPR Music

JPR Music is a place that celebrates music discovery.  It's a place that collects what we think is exciting on the contemporary music  scene, in the State of Jefferson and beyond.  JPR Music features exclusive Live Sessions, reviews by JPR music hosts, NPR Tiny Desk concerts and First Listens of new releases.  Visit often ... and re-discover music!

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Upcoming JPR Music Special.
12:03 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Fink Live Session Friday, Oct 31st at Noon

On Friday, October 31st at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with the British trio Fink.

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JPR Music
10:10 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Early Days: "Brian Jones: The Making Of The Rolling Stones"

Credit Viking Books

The Rolling Stones are still rocking, drawing huge crowds to concerts. 

But today's band lacks a key figure from its early days: guitarist Brian Jones. 

Jones died in 1969, shortly after the other founding members kicked him out of the Stones. 

His large musical contributions to the shaping of the band and his bumpy personal life are detailed in Paul Trynka's book Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones

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JPR Music
7:55 am
Sat October 11, 2014

A Pop Star And An Indie Folk Singer Intersect At 'Rose Ave.'

You+Me is the duo of Alecia Moore, better known as Pink, and Dallas Greene, who performs as City and Colour
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 11:20 am

Pop star Pink is known for her tough-as-nails attitude, powerful voice, and infectious songs. But the woman born Alecia Moore has a soft side, and it can be heard in a new collaboration with City and Colour's Dallas Green.

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Live Session Archive
11:48 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Lucy Wainwright Roche Live Session

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.

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Live Session Archive
10:55 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Pomplamoose Live Session

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.

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Live Session Archive
11:38 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Melissa Etheridge Live Session

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.

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Live Session Archive
5:10 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

John Reischman Live Session

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.

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Live Music Archive
9:56 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Christopher Denny Live Session

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.

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Live Session Archive
8:46 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Cee Cee James Live Session

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.

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3:14 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Pink Martini Percussionist Derek Rieth Dies

Lead in text: 
The multi-instrumentalist was an original member of the Portland band. Pink Martini posted a picture of Rieth and brief comments on their Facebook page on Friday.
Derek Rieth, a longtime member of Pink Martini, has died, the band announced on Friday. The percussionist, who contributed everything from bongos to finger cymbals to the group, had been a founding member of the Portland act. The cause of death has not been announced.
Live Session Archive
10:35 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Br'er Rabbit Live Session

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.

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Live Session Archive
12:58 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Patchy Sanders Live Session

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.

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Live Session Archive
10:24 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Quiet Life Live Session

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.

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Live Session Archive
9:14 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Josh Ritter Live Session

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.

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Live Session Archive
10:56 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Black Prairie Live Session

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.

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Live Session Archive
9:51 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Trevor Hall Live Session

Trevor Hall realized at a very young age that music was more than just a passion. As an eleven year old, playing harmonica beside his father in the cradle of the weeping willows of South Carolina, music quickly became his most intimate companion, guide and creative outlet. In his elementary years, he began to write his own songs and perform them locally.

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
12:45 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Amy LaVere Live Session

Amy LaVere
Eric Teel

Amy LaVere was born in a small Texas/Louisiana border town, nurtured by musical parents with a passion for traditional country. Her family moved 13 times by the time she entered high school, ultimately landing in Detroit where Amy fronted the punk band Last Minute while still in her teens. From there, her musical journey became a wild ride of travels.

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Live Session Archive
5:20 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Lily & Madeleine Live Session

Lily & Madeleine
Eric Teel

Nobody expected Lily & Madeleine’s first original song, “In the Middle,” to rack up a half a million YouTube views. The Internet is obsessed with what’s new and what’s next, the fads and memes of viral culture, and so it would have to seem a little incongruous for social networks and content aggregators to embrace gimmick-free, black-and-white footage of an unplugged duo crooning a bittersweet and understated melody.

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Live Session Archive
4:29 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Josh Rouse Live Session

Credit Allen Clark

It may have been 15+ years – from roots in rural Nebraska, through time in ‘Music City’ Nashville, TN, and to the current day relocated to a new home in cosmopolitan Spain – but it seems that the song spirits have been constant companions for Josh Rouse. 

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