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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

There are certain people in life who have such a unique energy that it demands to be shared. Whether he appears solo or with his full band, Daby Touré never fails to astound audiences with his ethereal voice, masterful guitar work and catchy original songs. He illuminates the darkest of concert halls with his joyful performances and infectious love of music. A marvelous lyricist, composer of accessible melodic hooks, endearing performer and virtuoso guitarist, Daby Touré reaches deeply into the hearts of listeners with his approachable and unique style of music.

Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro's performances incorporate elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Schubert’s Ave Maria and Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Soleil Rowan

The Catskill Mountains hid rock ‘n’ roll’s best kept secret for almost 18 years. Then in 2008, singer and songwriter Arleigh Kincheloe said goodbye to her hometown hideaway and moved to New York City to start Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. In the years since, the group has performed more than 600 shows, released two full-length albums and an EP produced by Randy Jackson (American Idol), and enchanted tastemakers ranging from The Wall Street Journal and LA Times to Glamour, USA Today, and The New Yorker.

Eric Teel

Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton creates music that instantly draws you in. His songs cover the American musical landscape of soul, gospel, R&B, country and blues. Sexton slides easily from the mellow tenor that Rolling Stone calls “soul marinated” to a surprisingly beautiful falsetto and back down again to a raspy blues shout, creating an experience that is dynamic and emotional. His energetic and heartfelt live performances have earned him legions of devoted fans and critical acclaim. 

Whetherman is the moniker of 31-year-old Nicholas Williams, who has released six full-length albums of soulful folk music, most recently the critically-acclaimed Seeds for Harvest in April of this year. BBC Radio praises his latest release as “Completely beautiful… An absolute delight to the ears.” The songs display soulful vocals, percussive acoustic guitar, rolling harmonica and earnest lyrics creating his timeless apple-pie Americana sound.

III, the third full-length effort from the L.A.-based duo, is an album born from fascination with the sweet and the sleazy, light and dark, danger and magic.

Ben Folds has had a brilliant career that includes multiple studio albums, a pair documenting his renowned live performances, a remix collection, music for film and TV, an all a capella record, as well as collaborations with artists spanning Sara Bareilles and Amanda Palmer to Nick Hornby and William Shatner.

Bassist Gary Peacock Is At The Soloist's Service

Sep 7, 2015

Formed in 2010, The Wild Reeds began as a three-part harmony girl group featuring Kinsey Lee, Sharon Silva, and Mackenzie Howe. Over the past year, they've transitioned (with the addition of Nick Jones, who contributes drums and percussions, and bassist Nick Phakpiseth) to a full indie folk rock force that has been sweeping the West Coast. All three women in the group are skilled vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, incorporating guitar, harmonium, banjo, and auto harp into many of their performances.

Eric Teel

Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records and touring since her early days in Boston with her band The Story, which released two albums, Grace in Gravity and The Angel in the House, on Elektra Records. In 1995, Ms. Brooke released the first of two solo albums on MCA/Universal, Plumb, followed by Ten Cent Wings in 1997.

Soleil Rowan

Back in February, NPR announced Fantastic Negrito as the winner of their inaugural Tiny Desk Concert Contest. Here at JPR, we watched nearly 35 excellent videos submitted by musicians from our region and decided to select our own winner -- the best of the State of Jefferson. When the dust settled, we had a clear winner: Wesley Jensen & The Penny Arcade.

JPR and the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University present Lake Street Dive in concert Sunday night, November 1st at the SOU Music Recital Hall in Ashland at 8pm.

Malin Johanssen

JPR and the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University present José González and yMusic in concert Tuesday night, March 8th at the SOU Music Recital Hall in Ashland at 8pm.

Eric Teel

For singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalists Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins, the Watkins Family Hour has long been an oasis from the rigors of the road, a laboratory where they can try out new material or master beloved cover songs. Their monthly show at L.A.’s famed venue Largo has been hailed as a convivial, communal event where they welcome an impressive array of musician friends old and new.

The Waifs are an Australian folk rock band formed in 1992 by sisters Vikki Thorn (harmonica, guitar, vocals) and Donna Simpson (guitar, vocals) as well as Josh Cunningham (guitar, vocals). A trip that began in a van in over two decades ago, with the three troubadours playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them, has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world.

Aoife O’Donovan grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. She spent her school-year summers in Ireland singing songs with her extended family, and became interested in American folk music through artists such as Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Aoife went on to study contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory of Music.

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August is already a week old, but there are major arts events still to come. 

The West Coast Country Music Festival returns to the Greensprings near Ashland in the middle of the month. 

The New Autonomous Folksingers visit our studio for songs and info about the fest, as part of our First Friday Arts segment. 

Music, theater, dance and more are celebrated on First Friday.

Rhett Miller is the front man and main songwriter of the hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll quartet Old 97’s, as well as an accomplished solo artist. 

Newport Folk's Pink Floyd Moment

Jul 26, 2015

The most puzzling musician on the lineup at the 2015 Newport Folk Festival was easily Pink Floyd's Roger Waters. For me, Pink Floyd represents the antithesis of folk music, with the band's psychedelic pulsating landscapes and big rock drums and guitars. Out there and psychedelic, yeah — down home and folky, nope.

Eric Teel

The road has been good to Mandolin Orange since the 2013 release of 'This Side of Jordan.' NPR called the album "effortless and beautiful," naming it one of the year's best folk/Americana releases, while Magnet dubbed it "magnificent," and American Songwriter said it was "honest music, shot through with coed harmonies, sweeping fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and the sort of unfakeable intimacy that bonds simpatico musicians like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings."

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