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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!

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JPR Music
7:01 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Folk Activist Pete Seeger, Icon Of Passion And Ideals, Dies At 94

Pete Seeger was an environmentalist, an activist and the most prominent folk musician of his generation.
Neilson Barnard Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 11:21 am

A tireless campaigner for his own vision of a utopia marked by peace and togetherness, Pete Seeger's tools were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm and his musical instruments. A major advocate for the folk-style five-string banjo and one of the most prominent folk music icons of his generation, Seeger was also a political and environmental activist. He died Monday at age 94. His grandson, Kitama Cahill Jackson, said he died of natural causes.

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JPR Music
4:29 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

How The Organization Behind The Grammys Spends The Other 364 Days

Recording Academy President and CEO Neil Portnow, host LL Cool J and Executive Vice President of Specials, Music and Live Events at CBS Entertainment Jack Sussman pose at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 23, a few days before the 2014 Grammy Awards.
Kevin Winter WireImage

This Sunday's Grammy Awards ceremony is the annual big-ticket item for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. More than 28 million people around the world tuned in to watch the concert show last year. And this year's telecast is once again being touted as the most complicated — and expensive — production on TV.

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Britt/South Stage Cellars
5:03 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

2014 Rising Stars Competition Continues

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

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More Bruce
6:16 am
Thu January 16, 2014

A Long Road To 'High Hopes': An Interview With Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen performing in November at Madison Square Garden.
Jemal Countess Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 1:48 pm

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9:09 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis Generating Oscar Buzz

Lead in text: 
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.
LOS ANGELES - In the new film by Joel and Ethan Coen, a struggling folk singer, Llewyn Davis, plays a song for a music promoter. After listening intently, the promoter issues his review: "I don't see a lot of money here."
Rosanne Cash's New Album
11:14 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

First Listen: Rosanne Cash, 'The River & The Thread'

Rosanne Cash's The River & The Thread comes out Jan. 14.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 7:34 am

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.

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Recordings
3:39 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Best Albums Of 2013

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

Don Matthews | Classical Music Director & Host First Concert

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Live Session Archive
2:15 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Tony Furtado Trio Live Session

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.

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Live Session Archive
8:47 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Live Session

Dominic Barth

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


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Live Session Archive
6:36 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Garland Jeffreys Live Session

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.

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Live Session Archive
1:11 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Elephant Revival Live Session

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.” 

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Live Session Archive
6:14 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

The Paper Kites Live Session

The Paper Kites
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. 

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Recordings
10:46 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Beautiful Melancholy

Nick Drake

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.

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Live Session Archive
9:55 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Rufus Wainwright Live Session

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.”

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Live Session Archive
3:53 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Misner & Smith Live Session

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.

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
12:02 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Lake Street Dive Live Session CANCELLED

Credit Jarrod McCabe

Our scheduled live session with Lake Street Dive has been canceled due to lead singer Rachael Price being under the weather and needing to conserve her voice for upcoming concerts in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver.   We hope to reschedule in the future.

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JPR Birthday
6:12 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Retro Lounge Celebrates 20 years

This hand-drawn poster for The Retro Lounge has hung in the production studio for years.

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

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JPR Music
9:05 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

Northwest Artist With Ashland Roots Creates Unique Folk Art

An exmaple of Dejah Leger's linocuts.

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.

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Live Session Archive
10:16 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Singer/songwriter Erin Ivey Live Session

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.

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Live Session Archive
8:23 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Michael Franti Live Session

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.

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