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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!

Soleil Rowan

Emotions and Math is not simply the name of Margaret Glaspy’s new debut album. That expression drills right to the heart of the New York-based singer-songwriter’s proper introduction, a mission statement both artistic and personal.

The Cascade Theatre in Redding has announced its 2016-2017 Performance Series, which focuses on a diversity of musical style and performance types ranging from indie Rock, singer/songwriter, country, blues, folk and world music, to musical theatre and dance.

While romantic entanglement hasn’t been exactly uncommon when it comes to successful musical duos -- Buckingham and Nicks, Sonny and Cher, Bonnie and Delaney, and Goffin and King simply for starters -- Freddy & Francine, or, as they’re known to family and friends, Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso, have built a career that’s been intertwined with their feelings for both their music and each other.

Eric Teel

Jessica Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a soul that's truly international. Drawing from her multi-ethnic French / Chinese / American upbringing, her music fuses styles and languages, taking the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the lands of gypsy jazz, Chinese 1940's swing, international folk, and into the wilderness of her imagination. She has performed packed venues in France, China, Spain, Mexico, Canada and across the U.S - backed by her fiery band (clarinet/sax, upright bass, drums and guitar), and armed with her accordion, toy piano and multilingual vocals.

Eric Teel

Escondido is Nashville, TN based artists Jessica Maros and Tyler James. Recorded live in a single day, their 10-song debut album was released Feb. 26, 2013. Their sound is a washed out desert landscape steeped in American roots music. “We wanted it to be like Clint Eastwood playing pop songs at one of the honky-tonks downtown,” James mused. “But we’ve been told it sounds like desert sex.

Soleil Rowan

Odds are pretty good that you have already heard Bronze Radio Return, even if you may not realize it. Since 2008, the six-piece has independently sold over 100,000 singles, racked up more than 26 million streams on Spotify.

Riverbend Live!, the weekly summer music festival in Winston, Oregon turns 20 this year, and the organizers dug into their bags and pulled out an amazing lineup for their anniversary season, highlighted by the legendary funk and soul saxophonist Maceo Parker.

In celebration of their 25th season, Music on the Half Shell announced their 2016 season of concerts on Tuesday evening featuring The James Hunter Six, Pink Martini, the Eugene Symphony and more.

JPR Live Session: SOAK

May 6, 2016
Eric Teel

Irish singer/songwriter SOAK says her stage name came from combining "soul" and "folk," and while she doesn't believe either word accurately describes her music, her breathy, emotionally revealing songs and spare, powerfully evocative performing style are certainly soulful and folk-influenced, though there's just as much indie rock in her musical formula.

Overwhelmed by the speed at which his gift took him from Applebee’s server to “the new Neil Young” in a matter of months, Dylan LeBlanc walked away from an unlikely major label deal after releasing two critically acclaimed albums. He slipped into a blur of booze and self-doubt. Exhausted and damaged at just 23-years-old, Dylan came home to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to write a new life for himself.

Soleil Rowan

Austin-made singer-songwriter duo Penny & Sparrow dwells in the spaces left between contradictions and opposing forces. In fact, it’s where they’re most at home. As the title of their latest album, Let A Lover Drown You, suggests, they know intimately the ideas of using pain as a barometer of passion and giving as a means of gaining.

The inventive, acoustic guitar-wielding folksinger Emma-Lee Moss was born in Hong Kong and later moved with her family to England, where she became a fixture of London's burgeoning anti-folk scene. Performing as Emmy the Great, her debut single, "Secret Circus," was released in 2006, followed in 2007 by the My Bad EP.

On Thursday, April 7th, Britt Music & Arts Festival announced its full 2016 season of performances coming to the outdoor amphitheater on the Britt hill in scenic Jacksonville this summer.

Charles Waldorf

As a singer, songwriter, activist and independent entrepreneur, Ani DiFranco has been setting her own pace—and encouraging countless admirers to do the same—for more than 20 years. But while she has been known as the “Little Folksinger,” her music has grown far beyond her acoustic solo roots in cozy venues to embrace jazz, soul, electronica and even more distant sounds.

Eric Teel

Basia Bulat has become one of Canada's most conspicuous talents. Since releasing her debut in 2007, Bulat has shared a stage with artists including Arcade Fire, The National, Nick Cave, Daniel Lanois, St Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, Destroyer, Tune-Yards, The Tallest Man On Earth, and Andrew Bird.

North Mississippi Allstars formed in 1996; the product of a special time for modern Mississippi country blues. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson soaked up the music of their father, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi legacy while playing and shaking it down in the juke joints with their blues ancestors. R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Otha Turner and their musical families were at their peak, making classic records and touring the world. Eventually, Luther (guitar, vocals) and Cody (drums, vocals) formed the North Mississippi Allstars and pioneered their own brand of blues-infused rock and roll.

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.

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